Covid-19: LeaveHomeSafe gov’t tracing app to be compulsory in all Hong Kong eateries, gyms, cinemas – exemptions unclear

The use of the government’s Covid-19 contact tracing mobile app LeaveHomeSafe will be mandatory in 18 types of designated premises from December 9, including all restaurants, gyms and cinemas, the Food and Health Bureau announced on Tuesday.

Simon Wong, restaurateur and chairperson of the Institute of Dining Art, said on Commercial Radio on Wednesday morning that he believed there would be exemptions made for certain groups of people, even though the government had yet to announce any details.

A LeaveHomeSafe QR code outside a restaurant. Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.

Currently, the use of LeaveHomeSafe is not mandatory in “type A” and “type B” restaurants, where staff members and customers do not have to be vaccinated, and the numbers of people in each table are capped at two and four people.


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