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Soccer pitches, basketball courts and children playgrounds reopened

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, non-fee-charging leisure facilities like soccer pitches, basketball courts, and outdoor children play facilities reopen.Reopen on 20 June Outdoor:- All free hard-surface and sand-based ball courts / pitches (including 5-a-side, 7-a-side soccer pitches, cricket grounds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, handball courts, netball courts, roller hockey courts, gateball courts, etc.)Reopen on 22 June Outdoor- All fee charging turf ball pitches (including 7-a-side and 11-a-side soccer pitches, baseball pitches, rugby pitches, cricket grounds, hockey grounds, etc.)- Outdoor children play facilities- Road safety townIndoor - Team sports facilities at indoor multi-purpose arena (such as basketball courts, volleyball courts, netball courts, arena of designated sports centres for booking by Individuals during non-peak hours for new sports activities(dodgebee, korfball, tchoukball, etc.)- Sanshou training centre in Lei Yue Mun Sports Centre and contact sports centre in Pei Ho Street Sports Centre Internet Booking Service of Leisure LinkMembers of the public can book the reopened fee charging leisure facilities via the Internet Booking Service of Leisure Link, Leisure Link Booking Office of the District Leisure Services Offices, Leisure Link Booking Office of the reopened facilities and Self-service Kiosks starting from 20 June. Conditions of useVenue users must comply with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap 599G) on the prohibition of group gatherings of more than the number of people as stipulated by the law. The LCSD will adopt special measures at sports facilities to be reopened. Measures including stepping up cleansing works, arranging temperature checks forpeople entering indoor venues and closing spectator stands.

The dragon boat sport requires team work

Do you remember? At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the dragon boat was one of the transportations for the Olympic torch relay in Hong Kong, adding a refreshing and regional touch to the event. Origin and developmentThere are numerous versions about the origin of the dragon boat. The most widely adopted version is: it started from 278 BC, during a period known as the Warring States in Chinese history, to commemorate the patriotic poet Qu Yuan. Since then the dragon boat races have been held every year on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar. Despite being a festive activity for the Tuen Ng Festival, the dragon boat race was not considered as a sport activity until 1976. In that year the former Hong Kong Tourist Association held the first International Dragon Boat Invitational Competition at Shau Kei Wan Typhoon Shelter. It brought international recognitions to the dragon boat race which eventually became a sports competition. As the dragon boat sport gained popularity around the globe, the International Dragon Boat Federation was formed in 1991 during the Hong Kong International Races. The Asian Dragon Boat Federation was formed in Beijing in the following year. The Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association (HKCDBA) and other local groups are dedicated to organising and promoting dragon boat activities in Hong Kong. Team workThe dragon boat sport requires team work. The drummer, paddlers and steersman have to cooperate to attain speed. • Drummer and paddlerStationing on the bow, a drummer is responsible for conducting the tempo of the paddlers. An excellent drummer can help the paddler crew push the envelope. When two boats are getting close or their drumbeats overlap, the drummer has to blow a whistle so that the paddlers at the back of the boat can get the signal to keep up with the tempo. There are three to five ways of drum beating. Different beating sounds represent different ways and speed of paddling. The crew have to paddle in accordance with the drum beats. The more uniformly the crew paddles, the faster the boat will go. • SteersmanA steersman is responsible for keeping the boat to move in a straight course. A skilful steersman can help the boat accelerate by reducing drag when he minimises the contact between the boat and the water surface. The steersman needs to keep the flat part of the rudder beneath the water during the whole course of the race, and is not allowed to make any move that would induce thrust. In general, persons having reached the age of 14 and with the ability of swimming 50 metres are eligible to join this sport. If you are interested in taking training courses on the dragon boat sport, please contact the HKCDBA at 8106 8145 or visit their website. You may also look for training classes provided by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

More public swimming pools and beaches reopened

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, more public swimming pools and gazetted beaches will be reopened. The swimming pools to be reopenedHong Kong Island:Kennedy Town Swimming PoolChai Wan Swimming PoolIsland East Swimming PoolPao Yue Kong Swimming PoolMorrison Hill Swimming PoolVictoria Park Swimming PoolWan Chai Swimming Pool (only for group training purpose)Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Swimming Pool Siu Sai Wan Swimming Pool (reopen on 20 June) Kowloon:Kowloon Tsai Swimming PoolTai Wan Shan Swimming PoolJordan Valley Swimming PoolKwun Tong Swimming PoolLai Chi Kok Park Swimming PoolLei Cheng Uk Swimming PoolSham Shui Po Park Swimming PoolTai Kok Tsui Swimming PoolKowloon Park Swimming Pool (indoor L2 training pool only)Lam Tin Swimming Pool (training pool only) Morse Park Swimming Pool (reopen on 20 June) New Territories:Tung Chung Swimming PoolKwai Shing Swimming PoolTsing Yi Swimming PoolTsing Yi Southwest Swimming PoolFanling Swimming PoolSai Kung Swimming PoolTseung Kwan O Swimming PoolHin Tin Swimming PoolMa On Shan Swimming PoolSha Tin Jockey Club Swimming PoolTai Po Swimming PoolShing Mun Valley Swimming PoolTsuen King Circuit Wu Chung Swimming PoolTuen Mun North West Swimming PoolTuen Mun Swimming PoolTin Shui Wai Swimming PoolYuen Long Swimming PoolPing Shan Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool For details of facilities in swimming pools to be reopened, please refer to notices displayed at the venues. The reopened swimming pools will be open from 6.30am to 10pm for three sessions daily with two breaks. Special measuresIn view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the LCSD will adopt special measures at public swimming pools to be reopened, which include: - Reopening some swimming pool facilities only such as main pools, secondary pools, training pools or  teaching pools;- Temporarily limiting the number of users in swimming pools to maintain distance among swimmers;- Distributing numbered tickets to people lining up when the numbers of users in swimming pools have reached the temporary maximum pool capacity, and reminding them to take note of the numbers shown on the queuing board in order to avoid people gathering;- Arranging body temperature screening for all people entering swimming pools. Those with symptoms such as fever or respiratory illness will not be allowed to enter the swimming pools;- Opening alternate shower cubicles and shower heads to ensure appropriate distance between users of shower facilities;- Prohibiting group gatherings of more than eight people in the swimming pools; and- Closing spectator stands at swimming pools temporarily. The public are also advised to wear their own masks before and after swimming, as well as when lining up to enter the swimming pools. Public Swimming Pool Monthly Tickets Public Swimming Pool Monthly Tickets will be available at designated booking offices of Public Swimming Pool Monthly Tickets and Leisure Link Booking Offices at the District Leisure Services Offices from May 20. The LCSD will expedite the processing of block booking applications in or after June when the public swimming pools have reopened. In addition, the 21 gazetted beaches have been reopened. The beaches to be reopenedHong Kong Island:Deep Water Bay BeachRepulse Bay BeachStanley Main BeachShek O BeachBig Wave Bay Beach New Territories:Hung Shing Yeh BeachPui O BeachSilver Mine Bay BeachCheung Chau Tung Wan BeachClear Water Bay Second BeachHap Mun Bay BeachMa Wan Tung Wan BeachCasam BeachLido BeachGolden BeachButterfly BeachTing Kau BeachCafeteria New BeachCastle Peak BeachSilverstrand BeachTrio Beach Lifeguard services at the beachesLifeguard services will be provided daily at the reopened gazetted beaches from 9am to 6pm. The services will be extended from 8am to 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays during the peak period from June to August. Special measures for beach-goersThe LCSD appeals to beach-goers to comply with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap 599G) on the prohibition of group gatherings of more than eight people. To ensure appropriate distance between shower facilities users, only alternate shower cubicles and shower heads will be open.The other beaches will remain closedApart from the previously reopened gazetted beaches as mentioned above, all other beaches will remain closed with lifeguard services suspended. The public should neither swim nor gather at the closed beaches for social distancing reasons and to avoid accidents.

Latest arrangements on LCSD leisure venues and sports facilities

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, some more LCSD's leisure venues reopened. For leisure venues reopened on May 6For leisure venues, non-fee charging outdoor leisure facilities reopened on May 6 (Wednesday) include running tracks in sports grounds (for jogging only), fitness equipment, pebble walking trails, cycling facilities, badminton courts, tennis courts, skateparks, skateboard grounds, roller skating rinks, model car play areas, model boat pools and table tennis tables. Fee charging outdoor leisure facilities reopened on the same day include tennis courts, bowling greens, Ngau Chi Wan Park Archery Range, Shek O Obstacle Golf Course and the archery range, golf driving range and practice greens at Tuen Mun Recreation and Sports Centre. For leisure venues reopened on May 11Those reopened on May 11 (Monday) are all indoor leisure facilities. They are badminton courts, squash courts, table tennis rooms/tables, the cycling track of Hong Kong Velodrome, indoor golf driving bays, indoor bowling greens, indoor jogging tracks and indoor tennis courts. For leisure venues reopened on May 21Leisure facilities reopened on May 21 (Thursday) include most of the public swimming pools (only for selected swimming pool facilities such as main pools and secondary pools), dance rooms/activity rooms, fitness rooms, sports climbing facilities, billiard/American pool tables, a gymnastic training hall, barbecue sites, Pui O camp site, water sports centres, sports climbing and rope course facilities at Tuen Mun Recreation and Sports Centre. The arrangement of opening alternate courts/tables of badminton courts, billiard/American pool rooms and table tennis rooms will be relaxed from June 15 (the arrangement will be maintained for individual facilities with a distance of less than 1.5 metres). For leisure venues reopened on June 20The following non-fee-charging leisure facilities will reopen from June 20. They are outdoor soccer pitches, cricket grounds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, handball courts, netball courts, a roller hockey court and gateball courts. Siu Sai Wan Swimming Pool on Hong Kong Island and Morse Park Swimming Pool in Kowloon will reopen on the same day.  For leisure venues reopened on June 22The following fee-charging leisure facilities will reopen from June 22: grass soccer pitches, baseball courts, rugby pitches, cricket grounds, hockey grounds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, netball courts, the Sanshou Training Hall at Lei Yue Mun Sports Centre and the contact sports centre at Pei Ho Street Sports Centre. Besides, outdoor non-fee-charging children's playgrounds and road safety towns will also reopen. The opening arrangement of bowling greens, golf driving range, sports climbing facilities and craft hiring in water sports centres will resume normal from June 22. The limit on the number of users in dance rooms/activity rooms will also be relaxed. Changing rooms and shower facilities reopenChanging rooms and shower facilities in reopened LCSD fee charging venues, such as sports grounds, sports centres, squash courts, tennis courts, bowling greens, Tuen Mun Recreation and Sports Centre, will be reopened from May 11. Special measures will be adopted such as opening alternate shower cubicles or shower heads, arranging body temperature screening and stepping up regular cleaning and disinfection of the shower cubicles and storage cabinets. For leisure facilities continue to be closedApart from the above facilities, other leisure facilities temporarily closed earlier such as soccer pitches, basketball courts, gateball courts and children's play equipment will continue to be closed until further notice. Leisure Link reopensAcceptance of individual and block booking applications for use of the reopened non-fee-charging land recreation and sports facilities (such as roller skating rinks and model car play areas) in August or afterwards, as well as block booking applications for the reopened fee-charging land recreation and sports facilities (such as tennis courts, bowling greens, activity rooms, dance rooms and squash courts in sports centres) in August or afterwards, will resume starting from June 13. Please refer to the LCSD's website. Members of the public can book the fee charging leisure facilities reopened on May 6 and May 11 via the Internet Booking Service of Leisure Link starting from May 5 (Tuesday). Leisure Link Booking Office of the District Leisure Services Offices resumed service on May 6. Members of the public can book the indoor leisure facilities reopened on May 21 via the Internet Booking Service of Leisure Link, Leisure Link Booking Office of the District Leisure Services Offices, Leisure Link Booking Office of the reopened facilities and Self-service Kiosks starting from May 20 (Wednesday). Leisure Link Booking Office, Leisure Link Booking Office of the water sports centres and Self-service Kiosk of the venues resumed booking services on the same day of reopening of leisure facilities. Members of the public can book the reopened fee charging land leisure facilities via the Internet Booking Service of Leisure Link, Leisure Link Booking Office of the reopened facilities, Leisure Link Booking Office of the District Leisure Services Offices and Self-service Kiosks starting from June 20. Acceptance of booking applications for use of the reopened land recreation and sports facilities, indoor multi-purpose arenas and sports grounds (for athletics training only) in September or afterward will resume starting from July 1. Application for holding wedding ceremonies venues resumedAcceptance of applications for holding wedding ceremonies at LCSD designated venues, including Repulse Bay Beach, Kowloon Walled City Park, Kowloon Tsai Park, Tai Po Waterfront Park and Sai Kung Waterfront Park will be resumed starting from June 13. Please refer to the LCSD's website for details. Refund arrangementsFor refund arrangements in relation to earlier venue closures (there is no reallocation arrangement), the hirer may submit a completed refund application form together with the original booking permit to the reopened LCSD leisure venue or a Leisure Link Booking Office at a District Leisure Services Office. The application form can be downloaded in LCSD website. Special measuresThe LCSD appeals to venue users to comply with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap 599G) on the prohibition of group gatherings of more than the number of people as stipulated by the law. The LCSD will adopt special measures at leisure facilities to be reopened. Measures including stepping up cleansing work, arranging body temperature screening for all people entering indoor venues, limiting the numbers of users at venues, and opening alternate tables or with specific distance. Some Interest Classes resumed on June 1The LCSD has resumed some recreation and sports programmes at outdoor and indoor venues as well as those organised at the water sports centres from June 1 (Monday). These include tennis, golf, tai chi, lawn bowl, badminton, squash, table tennis, aerobic, multi-gym fitness, social dance, canoeing and windsurfing, etc. To reduce the social contacts and the risk of infection, the number of participants for each programme will limit to eight people (including tutors) or the number of people as stipulated by the law. Members of the public could make enrolment on a first-come-first-served basis from 25 May 2020 (Monday) via internet, booking counters at the LCSD's District Leisure Services Offices and leisure venues with Leisure Link Services and self-service kiosks. Details of programmes and enrolment will be uploaded onto the LCSD website later. The public can also approach District Leisure Services Offices for enquiries. Booking and applications services still suspendedAcceptance of booking applications for sports grounds (for athletic meets) and amphitheatres are suspended until further notice. The LCSD will continue to monitor the situation closely and review the arrangements in a timely manner.

Latest arrangements on Public Libraries and Museums

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, more libraries and museums reopened. For libraries services reopened on May 6Hong Kong Central Library and six other major public libraries, namely City Hall Public Library, Kowloon Public Library, Tsuen Wan Public Library, Sha Tin Public Library, Tuen Mun Public Library and Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library, partially reopened on May 6 and implement special opening hours. Facilities of the above seven libraries reopened include the adult, young adult and children's libraries. More libraries reopened on May 21The adult and children's libraries of another 12 district libraries partially reopened on May 21 and implement special opening hours. They include the Aberdeen Public Library, Chai Wan Public Library, Lockhart Road Public Library, Lai Chi Kok Public Library, Lam Tin Public Library, Ngau Chi Wan Public Library, Yau Ma Tei Public Library, Fanling Public Library, Tai Po Public Library, Tiu Keng Leng Public Library, Tsing Yi Public Library and Tung Chung Public Library. For libraries services reopened on June 15The adult and children's libraries of a further 19 district libraries reopened on June 15 are, North Point Public Library, Quarry Bay Public Library, Shek Tong Tsui Public Library, Fa Yuen Street Public Library, Ngau Tau Kok Public Library, To Kwa Wan Public Library, Po On Road Public Library, San Po Kong Public Library, Shui Wo Street Public Library, South Kwai Chung Public Library, North Kwai Chung Public Library, Yuen Chau Kok Public Library, Ma On Shan Public Library, Tseung Kwan O Public Library, Sheung Shui Public Library, Sai Kung Public Library, Tai Hing Public Library, Yuen Long Public Library and Cheung Chau Public Library. For small libraries reopened on June 22Except Lek Yuen Public Library, starting from 22 June 2020, 31 small libraries (namely Ap Lei Chau, Butterfly Estate, Electric Road, Fanling South, Fu Shan, Hung Hom, Kowloon City, Lei Yue Mun, Lok Fu, Lung Hing, Mui Wo, North Lamma, Peng Chau, Pok Fu Lam, Sau Mau Ping, Sha Tau Kok, Shek Kip Mei, Shek Wai Kok, Shun Lee Estate, Siu Sai Wan, Smithfield, Stanley, South Lamma, Tai Kok Tsui, Tai O, Tin Shui Wai North, Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsz Wan Shan, Un Chau Street, Wong Nai Chung and Yiu Tung Public Library) will be reopened, except for Fanling South, Peng Chau, South Lamma, Tai O and Tin Shui Wai North Public Libraries with closing day falling on Monday, they will be reopened on 23 June 2020. All mobile libraries will also resume service on 29 June 2020. Special measurements in Public Libraries- To avoid people gathering, the libraries will arrange admission by sessions. Admission slips will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis for entry to each session.- From June 15, all reopened public libraries will implement special opening hours. The opening hours of these libraries will be 1pm to 8pm from Mondays to Saturdays and 9am to 5pm on Sundays and public holidays. The duration of admission sessions will be adjusted from June 15 to meet readers' needs, with an extension from about one hour to 1.5 hours from Mondays to Saturdays and an extension from about one hour to 1.5 to two hours on Sundays and public holidays. - Children under 12 will only be allowed to enter when accompanied by an adult.- Limited services including lending and returning of library materials and picking up reserved library materials will be offered. Some of the computer facilities will resume service and open for telephone booking.- From June 15, the newspaper and periodical areas will be reopened with reduced seating capacity to maintain social distance and minimise the risk of virus spreading. Self-service library stations & book drop services The self-service library stations at Island East Sports Centre Sitting-out Area, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Tsuen Nam Road, Tai Wai, and all book drop services of the Hong Kong Public Libraries including those at MTR Central, Kowloon Tong and Nam Cheong stations have resumed service. Public libraries will continue to provide online services such as e-Books and e-Databases. As all book drop service, self-service library stations and almost all public libraries have resumed or reopened, patrons should return their overdue items as soon as possible. The counting of overdue fines shall be resumed from July 20. Reference librariesReference libraries in the reopened Hong Kong Central Library and six other major public libraries, namely City Hall Public Library, Kowloon Public Library, Tsuen Wan Public Library, Sha Tin Public Library, Tuen Mun Public Library and Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library, reopen on June 15 with reference enquiry services resumed. Some students' study rooms reopenedThe students' study rooms of the above-mentioned district libraries (not applicable to North Point and Tai Hing Public Libraries) will resume service on the same day. The study rooms will implement the same special opening hours as the libraries. Admission will be arranged by sessions with each lasting about three hours and the number of users limited. For museums services reopened on May 6Thirteen LCSD museums, including the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of History, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, the Law Uk Folk Museum, the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum, the Sheung Yiu Folk Museum, the Sam Tung Uk Museum, the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, the Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery, the Hong Kong Railway Museum, the Hong Kong Film Archive and the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre (hiring studios only) will partially reopen their exhibition facilities on May 6, with interactive exhibits and public programmes temporarily suspended. Special opening hours from 10am to 5pm daily (except on the regular closing day) will be implemented. Speical arrangements for The Hong Kong Science Museum and the Hong Kong Space MuseumThe Hong Kong Science Museum and the Hong Kong Space Museum will partially reopen their exhibition facilities on June 15 and implement special opening hours. Public programmes will be temporarily suspended. Except on regular closing days, the Hong Kong Science Museum will be open from 10am to 5pm while the Hong Kong Space Museum will be open from 12.30pm to 5pm. The Space Theatre of the Hong Kong Space Museum is now temporarily closed for refurbishment. Major work of the project consists of replacing the dome screen and installation of a new planetarium projection system. The Space Theatre is expected to reopen in July next year. During the period of closure, all of the Space Theatre's programmes are suspended. Those who have purchased tickets for the Space Theatre's programmes or exhibition halls but were affected by the pandemic should refer to the Space Museum website for refund arrangements and box office opening hours.Arrange visits by sessionsAll reopened museums and cultural venues, except the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Hong Kong Space Museum, will resume normal opening hours on June 22 and current arrangement of admission by sessions will be cancelled. Visitors will be able to enter these museums on a first-come, first-served basis and visitors flow will be limited in the museums. Children facilities in the museums will remain closed.The Science Museum and Space Museum will continue to arrange visits by sessions, each lasting two hours, with admission quota to limit visitor flow. Special opening hours will apply (except on regular closing days, the Science Museum will be open from 10am to 5pm while the Space Museum will be open from 12.30pm to 5pm).  Museum PassAlso, in view of the situation of COVID-19, the LCSD's museums were temporarily closed from January 29. Upon the full resumption of museum services at a later time, admission fees will be waived for affected Museum Pass holders. The number of days for the waiver will be based on the number of valid days of the respective Passes during the temporary closure period. The effective date of the waiver and details will be announced on museum webpages in due course. Latest opening arrangements for Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) venuesThe venues have been reopened are the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui, the Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery cum Heritage Trail Visitors Centre, Tai Fu Tai in San Tin, the Old House of Wong Uk Village in Sha Tin, the Fortified Structure in Ha Pak Nai and No. 10 San Wai in Wong Chuk Hang (only open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays). The operation of all interactive exhibits and public events at the six venues will remain suspended. The other four venues of the AMO, Wun Yiu Exhibition at Sheung Wun Yiu Village in Tai Po, Fong Yuen Study Hall on Ma Wan, Information Centre of Tung Chung Fort on Lantau Island and Information Centre of Tung Lung Fort on Tung Lung Chau in Sai Kung have been re-opened on June 1 (Monday). The interactive exhibits at the above venues have been re-opened with enhanced cleansing and disinfection whilst all the public events will remain suspended until further notice. The affected cultural activitiesAll performance venues will not be opened before the end of May. The Chinese Opera Festival (COF) and the International Arts Carnival (IAC), scheduled to be held from June to August 2020 originally, have been cancelled. The LCSD organises the COF and IAC annually, inviting numerous professional arts groups from the Mainland and overseas to come to Hong Kong to offer audiences high-quality performing arts programmes and promote cultural exchange in conjunction with local arts groups. Fifteen arts groups from the Mainland and overseas have been invited to perform in Hong Kong this year. Due to the pandemic and numerous uncertainties in global business travels, the LCSD and participating arts groups reached a consensus on cancelling the two festivals this year. Special seating arrangementsAll of the LCSD's performance venues will be opened for performances or activities with live audiences from June 19 with special seating arrangements. The number of audience in major facilities of the venues such as concert halls, theatres, auditoriums, cultural activities halls and arenas will be limited to half of the original capacity. Consecutive seats will be limited to 16 and alternate rows will be taken where practicable. For activities to be held in minor facilities such as rehearsal rooms, music/dance studios and lecture/function/conference rooms, no more than 16 consecutive seats in a cluster may be occupied with appropriate distance maintained between groups. The number of users in minor facilities will be limited to half of the original capacity in most cases. For details please refer to the notifications of individual venues. Audiences will need to wear their own masks in the venues. All speech day events and hiring activities open to the public at outdoor facilities will remain suspended. Box offices at LCSD's performance venues will continue operating at special opening hours (from noon to 6:30pm daily or 30 minutes after commencement of URBTIX performance at the venue). Ticket dispensing machines will be operated during the opening hours of the respective venues. Public programmes at the museums and cultural venues, including the Cinema of the Hong Kong Film Archive, will resume gradually. The limitation on the number of users and special seating arrangement adopted in the above-mentioned performance venues will also apply. Apart from the above-mentioned public libraries and museums, the rest of the relevant cultural facilities will continue to be temporarily closed. Some music courses resume   A few outreach music courses for adults organised by the Music Office resumed on June 1 with a limit to eight participants (including tutors) or the number of people as stipulated by the law within a class. URBTIXApart from maintaining URBTIX Internet and mobile app ticketing and hotline services, box offices and ticket dispensing machines at LCSD performance venues resumed operation with special opening hours (from noon to 6.30pm daily) from May 6. For events presented/sponsored by the LCSD and some organised by hirers which have been cancelled due to venue closure arising from the pandemic, LCSD started arranging ticket refund from May 6. Please visit URBTIX website for more details. Special measurements in cultural venuesVisitors to facilities of the performance venues, museums and libraries will need to use hand sanitiser and will be subject to temperature checks before admission. They are also advised to wear their own masks. Children under 12 will only be allowed to enter exhibition facilities, museums and libraries when accompanied by an adult. Enhanced measures including cleaning and disinfection between sessions will be conducted. The LCSD and AMO will continue to monitor the situation closely and review the arrangements in a timely manner.

One-stop online resources recommended by LCSD

During the fight against COVID-19, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has launched a special one-stop online resources centre to enrich the lives of the public during this period regardless of whether venues are open or closed. The public can now view or participate in multi-faceted leisure and cultural activities that suit all ages from the comfort of their homes. SportsAppeal and Demonstration by Sports StarsHealthy Exercise for All Campaign - Interactive GameParent-child ActivitiesExercise in the WorkplaceSimple Circuit TrainingEasy Aerobic DanceRope Skipping for Fun MuseumsHong Kong Science Museum - Unlocking the Secrets - The Science of Conservation at The Palace MuseumHong Kong Museum of Art on Google Arts & Culture ProjectHong Kong Heritage Museum on Google Arts & Culture ProjectHong Kong Museum of Art “Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint - Animations”ICH On-lineOi! - One minute of VoidOi! - Workout WednesdayRadio Television Hong Kong Journey through the Museums Librariese-Content Highlights: Healthy LivingChildren Picture and Story BooksHong Kong Memory15-Minute Read (Content in Chinese only)Elderly (Content In Chinese only) MusicHong Kong Chinese Orchestra "Together, We Fight the Virus"Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra "Synergizing Hong Kong with Heartening Sound of the Drums"Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra Next Station Moon by Ng King-panHK Phil — Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 conducted by Jaap van ZwedenHK Phil Europe Tour 2015, Vienna - Musikverein Wien (Full Length)Musicus Fest 2019 — Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Cello in B-flat by Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra with Noah Bendix-Balgley (Violin) and Trey Lee (Cello)Premiere Performances of Hong Kong "Beare’s Premiere Music Festival" — Mendelssohn OctetWindpipe Chinese Music Ensemble — Huqin Ensemble: Pacing Horses in the Countryside in Spring TheatreHKRep [Facebook Performace Rewind]World Cultures Festival 2019: Ibsen’s Ghosts: A Play-reading and interactive commentary event by theatre du pif* DanceR&T (Rhythm & Tempo) Tap Dance Lession (1)* Multi-ArtsWorld Cultures Festival 2019 Special outdoor programme: Nobody but a princess… by phase7 performing.artsInteractive Lighting Installation - Magic Behind the Moon by Hung Keung in celebration of 2019 Mid-autumn FestivalCircular Reflection by Hung Keung and Alex Cheung in celebration of opening of the Salisbury Garden Family EntertainmentInternational Arts Carnival 2019: The Nightingale by The Only Stage*BE KIDS Bi Li Ba La Fun Time (1)*Jumbo Kids Theatre's Classroom (1)* *In Cantonese (For more details, please visit LCSD "One-stop online resources centre" webpage)

The pilot scheme of Tuen Mun Park inclusive play space (Architectural Services Department, Leisure and Cultural Services Department)

The Architectural Services Department (ArchSD) and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) have introduced the first inclusive playground in Hong Kong at Tuen Mun Park with two natural elements of “water” and “sand” in the design. This playground aims at providing a well-designed environment which allows children of different ages and abilities to equally enjoy a variety of physical, sensory and social play experiences. Children can take up challenges commensurate with their ability and interact with others while enjoying themselves in this playful environment. COMMUNITY DESIGN AND USER-ORIENTED APPROACH To respond to the demand for inclusive play spaces, ArchSD and LCSD swiftly implemented the winning schemes of the Inclusive Play Space Design Ideas Competition. Only a month after the competition, ArchSD had already completed the master layout plan and worked closely with LCSD on this project through exchange of ideas and inter-departmental design workshops. ArchSD and LCSD believe that the playground should be user-oriented. Stakeholders of various sectors were invited to join a series of focus group workshops and potential users’ views were collected. School children from Tuen Mun were invited to contribute ideas on the design of the sensory walls and the floor pattern of the water play area. The amazingly creative ideas of the children were gathered and seamlessly incorporated in the final design. The Tuen Mun District Council was also consulted and a swing area with feature swings were introduced to address the requests of the local community. COLLABORATE CLOSELY TO CATER TO DIFFERENT NEEDS To strike a balance between safety, enjoyment and inclusiveness, ArchSD and LCSD adopted an innovative approach to the design and management of the playground. Through collaborative team meetings and training workshops throughout the design and construction stages, the two departments discussed the management and maintenance arrangement of the playground, and all front-line staff were familiar with the inclusive design concept as well as the maintenance standard of the play equipment. ArchSD also customised suitable tools and accessories to facilitate the safe and effective work of LCSD’s team. Besides, ArchSD and LCSD had invited school children and professional bodies to join the experiencing workshops and trial play sessions, which not only promoted the project but also served as trial runs. Both departments could also observe the usage, survey users’ opinions, and conduct evaluation for the continuous improvement of the playground facilities and management. SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENT AND SUCCESSFUL INNOVATION The playground has been very popular and well received by the public, with extensive media coverage and shares on social media platforms. The concept of inclusive play has been successfully promoted in Hong Kong through this pilot project. It has won Gold Award 2018 presented by the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects, the Special Architectural Award – Inclusive Design presented by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, and the Annual Design Award presented by ArchSD, and has gained recognition from various government departments as well as committees on children and barrier-free affairs. Frequent site visits to the Park were held to share the experience gained. (The video is provided by Development Bureau) (For more details, please visit Sevice Excellence Website)

Museum Pass – unlimited admission to six museums for as low as HK$25

You might be familiar with the annual passes issued by theme parks; how about the Museum Pass? It offers unlimited admission to museums under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department for all opening hours. The pass costs as low as HK$25 per person on average. Call up your family and explore the fun of learning through interactive means in museums!The new Museum Pass comes in three types (valid for 12 months with unlimited admission to permanent and special exhibitions of six museums in Hong Kong, unless otherwise specified): Family PassPrice at HK$100 for a maximum of four persons of kinshipIndividual PassPriced at HK$50Concessionary PassFull-time students, persons with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above are eligible for the Concessionary Pass at a price of HK$25 Get more than what you pay after three visits! There are quite some exhibitions worth a visit in the museums. For example, Glistening Treasures in the Dust-Ancient Artefacts of Afghanistan" (6 Nov 2019 to 10 Feb 2020), "A Sense of Place: from Turner to Hockney" (30 Nov 2019 to 4 Mar 2020) at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, "The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Unlocking the Secrets - The Science of Conservation at The Palace Museum" (14 Dec 2019 to 18 Mar 2020) and "Robots" (12 Jun 2020 to 6 Jan 2021) at the Hong Kong Science Museum. Considering the current entrance fees of Hong Kong Science Museum and Hong Kong Space Museum, you enjoy de facto free entry after the third visit.Hidden privileges of the Museum Pass!From now until 31 August 2020, Museum Pass holders can enjoy a discount of HK$60, HK$50 and HK$40 off the published price respectively for the purchase of Adult, Child / Student and Senior “Magic Access” of the Hong Kong Disneyland Park. From now until 31 July 2020, they can also enjoy a 5% discount on Ocean Park "SmartFun Annual Pass".Take the Individual Pass as an example. It costs HK$50 yet the discount for the annual pass of Hong Kong Disneyland Park can be up to HK$60! (For more details, please click here to read the LCSD Museums website)

Hong Kong Museum of Art re-open! 10 exhibitions you must visit!

After four years of renovation and expansion, the Hong Kong Art Museum is finally reopened in late 2019. Let’s have a look of the upcoming exhibitions to be held at this new cradle of culture and art. 1 -《Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint》Creating a dialogue of "14 local artists and 14 Museum's highlight collections", the exhibition "Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint" incorporates new elements into the four major collections showcased in the "Ordinary to Extraordinary: Stories of the Museum" exhibition. It tracks the people and stories behind the collections, allowing the artists to display their unlimited imagination inspired by the classics to explore new creative possibilities, along with telling the unfolding stories of Hong Kong.Date: Until 2020.10.11Fee: FreeDetails: Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint 2 -《From Dung Basket to Dining Cart: 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Wu Guanzhong (Phase I)》Wu Guanzhong (1919 – 2010) was an internationally acclaimed master with comprehensive knowledge of art of both the East and the West. He dedicated his entire life to exploring the modernisation of Chinese ink painting and the localisation of oil painting, and created many masterpieces that juxtapose the aesthetic perspectives and connotations of traditional Chinese ink paintings with contemporary Western art. A permanent "Wu Guanzhong Art Gallery" was established at the Hong Kong Museum of Art with an aim to showcase the master's donated works and related collection.To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Wu Guanzhong, this inaugural exhibition showcases over 100 representative paintings of Wu in two phases, with phase I from 29 November 2019 to 11 February 2020, and phase II from 14 February to 6 May 2020, including the works donated to the Museum by Wu Guanzhong and his family over the years and also private collections from Hong Kong and beyond. Apart from the classic paintings in ink and oil, there will also be sketches, painter's box, painting tools and documents he used when studying in France and so on. The exhibition will not only be honouring Wu's contribution to Chinese art but also paying tribute to his artistic pursuit for over half a century.Date: (Interactive exhibits and public programmes are temporarily suspended)Fee: FreeDetails: From Dung Basket to Dining Cart: 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Wu Guanzhong (Phase I) 3 -《A Pleasure Shared: Selected Works from the Chih Lo Lou Collection (Phase I)》The Chih Lo Lou Collection of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy was a private collection established by the late philanthropist and collector Mr Ho Iu-kwong. In 2018, the Ho family donated 355 artworks from the collection to HKMoA. A dedicated gallery to be named the "Chih Lo Lou Gallery of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy" is installed for the display and appreciation of this significant donation. "A Pleasure Shared" is the inaugural exhibition that displays around 70 selected works dating between the Ming dynasty and the 20th century in two phases to feature the uniqueness of the collection.Date: (Interactive exhibits and public programmes are temporarily suspended)Fee: FreeDetails: A Pleasure Shared: Selected Works from the Chih Lo Lou Collection (Phase I) 4 -《The Wisdom of Emptiness: Selected Works from the Xubaizhai Collection》The renowned Xubaizhai collection was compiled by the late connoisseur of Chinese painting and calligraphy Mr Low Chuck-tiew, who spent nearly 50 years acquiring the invaluable treasures it contains. Showcasing more than 30 representative works dating from the Ming and Qing dynasties all the way up to the 20th century, this exhibition allows visitors to gain an insight into a selection of masterpieces from the collection.Date: Until 2020.07.01Fee: FreeDetails: The Wisdom of Emptiness: Selected Works from the Xubaizhai Collection 5 -《The Best of Both Worlds: Acquisitions and Donations of Chinese Antiquities》The Chinese Antiquities section of the Museum has the most wide-ranging and the oldest art objects and artifacts in its custodianship. Over the years, the Museum collection has been tremendously enriched by donations and bequests from the public. Featuring over 300 items of art and antiques of different periods, "The Best of Both Worlds" illustrates how acquisition and generous donations form and shape out comprehensive Chinese Antiquities collection.Date: Until 2020.08.26Fee: FreeDetails: The Best of Both Worlds: Acquisitions and Donations of Chinese Antiquities 6 -《Lost and Found: Guardians of the Chater Collection》The Chater collection is one of the most legendary collections of the Museum. The artworks were displaced during the Second World War. Thanks to the selfless act of the Hong Kong citizens, some of the works are rescued and some of which will be on display in the exhibition "Lost and Found". The narrative of the exhibition is told through stories of how the artworks were kept hidden, displaced and eventually recovered during the war, restaging a period in history that is filled with human spirit.Date: Until 2020.09.16Fee: FreeDetails: Lost and Found: Guardians of the Chater Collection 7 -《Hong Kong Experience • Hong Kong Experiment》The development of Hong Kong art is a unique "Hong Kong experience". With innovation triggered by a new way of life, local artists exert the spirit of the "Hong Kong experiment". This exhibition attempts to make use of the collection accumulated over half a century to trace our Hong Kong art stories.Date: Until 2021.03.28Fee: FreeDetails: Hong Kong Experience • Hong Kong Experiment 8 -《The Breath of Landscape》The exhibition features interactive artworks by 5 local artists, namely Chan Wan-ki Kay, Mr Hammers, Rick Lam, Lee Shu-fan and Wong Chun-hei Stephen, as invited by the renowned local architect Billy Tam. With the theme of nature and landscape, the exhibition offers a unique art experience by bringing the sky, the flowing water, mountains and the breeze from nature into the Museum's new gallery space – The Wing and its surroundings. Date: (Interactive exhibits and public programmes are temporarily suspended)Fee: FreeDetails: The Breath of Landscape 9 -《Rediscovering Landscape》The exhibition showcased Rediscovering landscape trilogy, a three-chapter outdoor art installation jointly created by Kevin Siu, Bob Pang and Shuyan Chan. By offering a series of spatial experiences, it unveils a scroll of towering peaks amidst the city to reconnect us with nature. Date: (Interactive exhibits and public programmes are temporarily suspended)Fee: FreeDetails: Rediscovering Landscape 10 -《A Sense of Place: from Turner to Hockney》Drawn from Tate's world famous collection, this exhibition features 76 exhibits that illustrate the remarkable development of British Landscape Painting and its influence on European art over the past three centuries. Highlights include paintings from the two most significant British landscape masters of all time, J.M.W. Turner and John Constable, as well as the largest painting ever completed by the contemporary artist David Hockney.To complement the exhibition, we have invited Hong Kong artists to respond to the British artworks on display and the museum's own collection of landscape paintings. These responses invite visitors to engage with landscape art from a unique Hong Kong viewpoint.。Date: Until 2020.05.27Fee: $30/$21/$15/Free(Museum Pass)Details: A Sense of Place: from Turner to Hockney

Lifeguard

Lifeguard Leung Wing Yin said, “Many people think that lifeguards simply enjoy the sun when on duty.  This is definitely not the case!  We are responsible for rescuing the swimmers in distress and providing first aid in cases of drowning.  Besides, we have to keep the venues clean and in good order.” Lifeguard Ho Wing Yin said, “We also conduct regular training and sometimes mobilisation drill exercises for rescue operations for a variety of situations in order to best equip ourselves for emergencies.” Please watch the video for more information about the job duties of lifeguards. Organisation chartOfficial recruitment page

Duties of a Lifeguard – Beyond Life Saving

Whether at a beach or a pool, you can always see lifeguards standing guard on the watch out platforms. You may question: is swimming the only requirement for recruiting lifeguards? Is saving drowned people their only daily duty?Here are 8 other duties of lifeguards that you may not know: 1.    Keep the venue clean2.    Maintain the order of the venue3.    Conduct equipment inspection to ensure they are sufficient and functioning4.    Carry out tasks assigned by superiors5.    Perform routine training6.    Clean the beach7.    Remove rubbish from the sea 8.    Check whether the tiles and rubber bumpers are in good condition  Lifeguard Leung Wing Yin said, “Many people see lifeguards as simply enjoying the sun when they are on duty.” In fact, they are responsible for rescuing swimmers and providing first aid in cases of drowning, in addition to all the duties listed above.At the beach, lifeguards have to clear oyster shells on the stairs of floating platforms and mosses on float balls, as well as to remove rubbish from the sea. Lifeguards serving at swimming pools have to check whether the tiles and rubber bumpers are in good condition. Lifeguard Ho Wing Yin said, “Taking precautions is more important than lifesaving.”Regular training and team drills for rescue operations are also conducted to keep lifeguards best-fit for emergencies at all times.The daily job of lifeguards is not simply lifesaving, but also preventing swimmers from injury. This is why they always keep themselves well-trained and work at their best. Contributing Editor: Sophie