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Hong Kong confirms relaxation of social distancing measures

HONG KONG (Aug 27): The Hong Kong government on Thursday confirmed that some social distancing measures will be eased from Friday in response to a decline in new Covid-19 cases, Xinhua news agency reported.

For the next seven days starting Friday, dine-in services will be allowed at restaurants till 9 pm local time every day, relaxed from current 6 pm, and cinemas, beauty parlours and some outdoor sports venues will reopen.

The mandatory mask-wearing rule will also be lifted in country parks, according to a government statement.

However, other social distancing restrictions will continue as the epidemic has yet to be completely contained.

A spokesman for the Food and Health Bureau called on residents to continue to wear masks particularly on public transport and maintain personal hygiene.

Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection reported 24 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total confirmed cases to 4,734. 

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