Away from religious lines, churches have long opened up to people needing shelter amid conflicts and natural disasters.
Now in Hong Kong, places of worship are making space for workers who would otherwise be eating out in the worst sense.
The need became apparent yesterday after the ban on dining inside eateries.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Wan Chai announced on its Facebook page it welcomed people to "pray, rest and eat" from 7am to 10pm. Also making space for people who could otherwise be dining on the streets is the Good Neighbour North District Church, opening in Fan Ling and Kwun Tong from Wednesdays to Fridays at lunch hours.
Virus-combating hygiene kits, as well as spots to eat and rest, are offered.
Schools are joining in the effort as well, with the Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union saying those who open up for eating deserve official support.