Priscilla Leung urges clamps on social gatheringsLocal | 26 Mar 2020 4:05 pm
Pro-government lawmaker Priscilla Leung has called for all activities involving crowds of people to be suspended for two to three weeks, to contain the coronavirus from spreading, RTHK reports.
The Business and Professionals Alliance councillor told an RTHK program that banning alcohol at bars and restaurants would not be effective enough to avoid people from having close contact.
Leung said the aim is to reduce the number of people who gather and this should not be limited to bars and restaurants. As an example, she said, religious gatherings often attract around 100 people.
She also called for law enforcement action against those who don’t wear face masks, saying such behavior is "irresponsible" and "cruel to others.''
Leung also said the government should set aside another HK$30 billion to assist businesses affected by the virus outbreak, but she said her proposal wouldn't mean a hiatus in market activities.
“I believe many industries have already been upgraded with their technology, even trading and others, we have different kinds of internet services to continue trading," she said.
"I order my clothes and food by internet and by telephone. They might need to think of [different things], and be more flexible to reduce people's … face-to-face [contact].''