Many elderly and others returned to their old habits that had been interrupted for a day, meeting up for yum cha, or tea gatherings, at their regular haunts today from the early hours, enjoying the clatter of crockery and the raucous atmosphere, along with trolleys laden with steaming bites.
This was made possible after health officials, grudgingly acknowledged their unpopular decision to prohibit daytime dining in at restaurants to help stem the resurgence of coronavirus infections, was wrong and reversed course, a day later.
Health officials, however, imposed the ban after noticing that dozens of infected Hong Kong residents had been dinining in at various restaurants, including fast food outlets. Clusters of virus have been associated with some restaurants in various districts.
Restaurants were today seen implementing the two-person per table rule for diners in compliance with regulations.