Omicron variant: Hong Kong set to require two-thirds of diners in all restaurants to have had coronavirus jab

“There are exemptions for those aged 12 or below or those who obtain medical proof that they are not fit for vaccination,” the source said.


Why is the Omicron variant so concerning? Virologist warns Covid strain could ‘wreak havoc’ in HK

The government and medical experts regard vaccination as a highly needed solution to combat Omicron, which is possibly more contagious than the highly infectious Delta variant.

While it remains to be seen how receptive diners will be to the arrangement and how difficult it will be to enforce, similar policies have already been adopted elsewhere.

In Germany, for example, only vaccinated people or those who have recovered from Covid-19 are allowed to enter restaurants. In France, a “health pass”, which proves a person is either fully vaccinated or recently tested negative for the virus, is required in different venues including restaurants and bars.

In Hong Kong, 4.78 million people, or 71 per cent of the city’s eligible population, have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. But the one-dose vaccination rate among the elderly remains low, at just 46.2 per cent for people in their 70s, and 18.8 per cent for those aged 80 or older.


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