Hong Kong bars, gyms, beauty parlours and cinemas reopen with restrictions

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Hong Kong on Friday began to ease major social distancing restrictions, allowing reopen of bars, gyms, beauty parlours and cinemas.

Pubs and bars will only be allowed to operate half-full to a maximum of four people per table from Friday, after their emergence as the city’s biggest infection cluster led to a mandatory shutdown of the industry from April 3.

One of the popular bar Club 71 in Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) bar district, a popular haunt for locals and visitors, posts on its Facebook page saying "Club 71 is back! We're ready to reopen".

Club 71 was originally named Club 64 – a response to the bloody June 4, 1989, crackdown on Chinese student protesters in Tiananmen Square in the Chinese capital, Beijing. It’s long been a favourite of Hong Kong’s literati, artists, journos and activists. 

Most of Hong Kong’s entertainment venues were shuttered in early April when the city suffered a second wave of infections — primarily residents returning from Europe and North America as the pandemic exploded there.

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