Additional reporting by Andrea Saadan.
Good news for those hit by the travel bug: the Singapore and Hong Kong travel bubble has been confirmed to commence on May 26. But there are some rules to take note of when visiting the city.
Since the initial outbreak of Covid-19, Hong Kong has dealt with multiple waves of infections, with the city implementing a range of social distancing measures to reduce the spread of the virus. The most recent of which––the fourth wave––saw various restrictions that had previously been eased put back in place.
After a range of social distancing measures eased in February, on March 29, it was announced that a further number of the current restrictions were to be eased––including the reopening of the city's pools and beaches.
In a press conference on April 12, it was announced that all current restrictions will stay in place until April 28, with some of the current rules set to ease after this time for those who have been vaccinated.
For those planning a long-awaited trip out of Singapore, take note of these measures and stay up to date on exactly what you can or can't do in Hong Kong.
Since December 2, the limit on group gatherings in Hong Kong was capped at two––but from early March, this was extended to allow groups of four to gather in public, with this still the case as of April 13.
Only in places such as on public transport, hospitals, office buildings and funerals are larger groups allowed to gather.
Wearing a face mask is also still mandatory in public settings, this includes on public transport, in shops and supermarkets and in building lobbies. However, if you're looking to exercise outdoors––be it going for a run or a hike––and in country parks, you are not required to wear a mask during.
The maximum penalty for those gathering in public spaces or for "any person who participates in a prohibited group gathering; organises a prohibited group gathering; owns, controls or operates the place of the gathering; and knowingly allows the gathering" remains at $25,000. The government has also stated that individuals who participate in a prohibited group gathering may be fined $5,000, an increase from the previous $2,000.
When restrictions ease on April 29 for vaccinated residents, group gatherings in public places will still be capped at four, but will ease for when dining in restaurants.