To minimise the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the community, we all need to work together on social distancing.
The Government will adopt the “Suppress and Lift” approach (張弛有度、能收能放). The novel coronavirus may not go away and we will have to learn to live with it and adapt to the new normal. The public should be prepared that small-scale local outbreaks are inevitable from time to time. Social distancing measures may need to be tightened at times.
Members of the public are advised strongly to reduce social contact to protect themselves and others: Maintain social distance, keep a distance of at least 1 metre from others. Minimise gatherings and trips outside home. Minimise meal gatherings. Use serving utensils. Avoid crowded places. Wear a mask if there is a need to go to such places and when using public transport. Avoid handshakes and physical contacts.
The Government has been reviewing the feasibility of relevant measures and will make adjustments on a timely basis in view of the latest development of the disease. Putting in place the new requirements to reduce gatherings could help enhance social distancing. When making the regulations, the Government has taken into account the activities and premises / places with higher infection risks of COVID-19, as well as overseas practices.