Drinking spots could reopen next week, Allan Zeman says

Local | 11 Sep 2020 12:07 pm

Allan Zeman, the chairman of the Lan Kwai Fong Group, said the government would allow bars to resume business from September 18 after a two-month closure, if coronavirus infection numbers continue to decrease, RTHK reports.

Speaking on a radio program, Zeman said bars, night clubs and karaoke parlors remain shut despite easing of other epidemic measures at midnight, such as allowing up to four people per table in restaurants and re-opening of some sports facilities.

"The traditional bars, just for drinking, they're having major problems, many of them are on life support, I don't know how much longer they can hang on,” said Zeman.

“The government has said that if the numbers continue to come down, that hopefully September 18, which I think is next Friday, they should have the okay to go ahead and hopefully it'll be four to a table as well.”

As a landlord to a number of bar operators in Lan Kwai Fong, Zeman said he had offered rental concessions, otherwise the bars wouldn’t survive given the two-month closure.

RTHK's Millennium program, Lam Hong-yin, president of the Hong Kong Party Room Association, said on a separate radio program that it was unfair to leave out party rooms for re-opening earlier, as people have been holding parties in hotel rooms instead.

Lam said authorities have hinted allowing party rooms’ business to resume in the next stage. He hopes it could bring a rebound in business for the sector and operators can recover about 30 to 40 percent of business by Christmas.


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