Latest arrangements on cultural venues (Updated on 1/4)
In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, more cultural venues of the LCSD reopen gradually from April 1 (Thursday).
The limit on the number of audience in performance venues is relaxed
The limit on the number of audience members/users in each facility of the LCSD performance venues is relaxed on April 1, with seating capacity to be increased from 50 to 75 per cent of the original. Consecutive seats are limited to four. The anti-epidemic measures applied to performance venues are maintained. For details, please refer to the notifications of individual venues.
Museums partially reopen
All museums (except the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence) partially reopen their exhibition facilities and public programmes from April 2. Admission quotas are implemented to limit visitor flow. The Hong Kong Science Museum and the Hong Kong Space Museum apply admission by sessions. Some interactive exhibits remain suspended. The Resource Centre and box office of the Hong Kong Film Archive are reopened, while the Exhibition Hall and the Cinema remain closed for maintenance work. Please visit the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Hong Kong Space Museum websites for their respective opening details.
All 32 small libraries are reopened from April 3 and implement special opening hours. The opening hours of the Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL) and six other major public libraries return to normal on April 7. To avoid people gathering, all public libraries apply admission quotas. The facilities to be reopened include the adult, young adult and children's libraries and students' study rooms. Some of the computer facilities resume service and open for telephone booking. The newspapers and periodicals areas are reopened with reduced seating capacity. Reference libraries in the HKCL and six other major public libraries are also reopened with reference enquiry services resumed. Other facilities including Kid's Internet & Digital Service workstations remain closed. Please visit the public libraries website for details.
Some music classes resume
All instrumental music training classes, musicianship classes, and some outreach music courses organised by the Music Office resume face-to-face classes from April 8 onwards. The number of participants, including instructors within a class, are limited to four per group or the maximum number of people as stipulated by the law. In light of public health considerations, both Chinese and Western wind instrumental classes will continue to be conducted online until further notice.
Visitors to facilities of performance venues, museums, public libraries and music centres will need to use hand sanitiser and will be subject to temperature checks before admission. They also need to wear their own masks. Children under 12 will only be allowed to enter public libraries and museums when accompanied by an adult. Enhanced measures including cleaning and disinfection between sessions will be conducted.
In order to comply with the requirements stipulated in the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F), LCSD staff at relevant venues will undergo polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 and ensure necessary measures are adopted at reopened venues. Users of sports premises, swimming pools, performance venues, museums and public libraries are required to scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" QR code or register their name, contact number and the date and time of the visit before being allowed to enter for necessary contact tracing if a confirmed case is found. Appeals are made to members of the public to download and install the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile app in advance and scan the QR code with the app before entering. Members of the public who opt for registering their personal information at the scene are reminded to arrive earlier to avoid delaying their visits as longer time is required for such registration. The venue staff may immediately call the contact number provided by the visitor to verify the authenticity of information.
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.