Expert says social distancing measures need to be consistent

Local | 20 May 2020 12:38 pm

University of Hong Kong microbiologist Ho Pak-leung said the government's social distancing measures need to be consistent, and that restrictions cannot be continued in low-risk areas, but high-risk areas are reopened.

He said people going to beaches or bars do not wear masks, and they have a higher risk of infection than those wearing masks and participate in protests.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will reopen some public swimming pools and beaches. Ho said although there is no evidence suggesting that the risks at these places are particularly high, he believes that people should avoid gathering at these places.

He said bars have been crowded over the weekend recently and there are also foreign domestic helper gatherings, and that the government should not "open one eye, but close another."

He also stressed that the government should mandate people to wear face masks in high-risk places such as on public transportation.

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