Latest arrangements on cultural venues (Updated on 19/2)
In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, more cultural venues of the LCSD reopened on February 19 (Friday).
Cultural venues reopened on February 19
The Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of History partially reopened their exhibition facilities on February 19. All museum public programmes, interactive exhibits and children's facilities remain suspended. Special opening hours from 10am to 5pm daily (except on the regular closing day) are implemented for the reopened museums, which apply quotas to limit visitor flow. Other museums remain closed, including the Hong Kong Film Archive, which are closed for maintenance work. All music centres of the Music Office resumed counter services on February 19.
Performance venues opened for performances or activities with live audiences
For cultural venues, all of the LCSD's performance venues are opened for performances or activities with live audiences from February 19 with special seating arrangements. The number of audience members in major facilities of the venues such as concert halls, theatres, auditoria, cultural activities halls and arenas are limited to half of the original capacity. Consecutive seats are limited to four and seats are evenly distributed.
Performers who are unable to wear masks during rehearsal or performance must take a government-recognised RT-PCR nucleic acid test for COVID-19 and obtain a negative test result within 72 hours before their first entry to the performance venues. For activities to be held in minor facilities of the performance venues such as music/dance studios and lecture/conference/function rooms, the number of users are limited to half of the original capacity in most cases. For the number of users, the number of participants in each cluster and other details, please refer to the notifications of individual venues. All hiring activities open to the public at outdoor facilities remain suspended.
URBTIX maintains Internet and mobile app ticketing and hotline services. URBTIX outlets and ticket dispensing machines at LCSD performance venues resume operation together with the reopened venues from February 19 onwards. Ticket holders of cancelled events are advised to contact the respective event organisers or check their latest announcements on refund arrangements. For events that organisers choose to arrange refunds for at URBTIX outlets, details will be announced on the URBTIX webpage in due course.
Libraries services partially reopened
The Hong Kong Central Library, six other major public libraries and 31 district libraries are partially reopened on February 19. Facilities include the adult, young adult and children's libraries. Special opening hours, from 1pm to 8pm from Mondays to Saturdays and 9am to 5pm on Sundays and public holidays, are implemented. Admission quotas apply. Other facilities remain closed.
Book drop services and self-service library stations maintain services
All book drop services of the Hong Kong Public Libraries and those located at MTR Central, Kowloon Tong and Nam Cheong Stations as well as the self-service library stations at Island East Sports Centre Sitting-out Area, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Tsuen Nam Road, Tai Wai, maintain services. Public libraries continue to provide online services such as e-Books and e-Databases. Please visit Hong Kong Public Libraries website for details.
Visitors to facilities of performance venues, public libraries and museums need to use hand sanitiser and are subject to temperature checks before admission. They also need to wear their own masks. Children under 12 are only allowed to enter public libraries and museums when accompanied by an adult. Enhanced measures including cleaning and disinfection between sessions will be conducted.
Use the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile app
The public should use the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile app when visiting LCSD venues in order to keep a more precise record of their whereabouts, thereby minimising the risk of further transmission of the virus.
The LCSD will pay close attention to the latest developments of the pandemic, as well as the requirements for scheduled premises as stipulated in the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F), and review or revise the above reopening arrangements in due course.