Latest arrangements for LCSD public services
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) announced that, in view of the relaxation of some social distancing measures announced by the Government, more LCSD venues are reopened gradually by phases from May 5 (Thursday).
From May 5
The LCSD announced that the gazetted beaches are reopened on May 5, while the lifeguard services are provided at 15 gazetted beaches. All water sports centres are reopened from May 5. Please refer to annex 1 for details of the beaches concerned. Lifeguard services are provided daily at the 15 gazetted beaches from 9am to 6pm. Apart from the 15 gazetted beaches mentioned above, lifeguard services at other beaches will remain suspended. The public should not swim at the beaches without lifeguard services to prevent accidents.
Moreover, starting from May 5, public are not required to wear mask when doing exercise at the LCSD's outdoor sports premises.
From May 12
To ensure the cleanliness and hygiene of the water quality of its swimming pools and swimmers' safety, the LCSD is conducting the process of filtration and sterilisation and collecting water samples for testing. Thirty-eight public swimming pools will reopen gradually from May 12 to 16. Please refer to annex 2 for details of the reopening arrangement.
From May 19
In view of the second phase of relaxation of social distancing to be taken effect on May 19, the public is not required to wear mask when doing exercise within any indoor sports premises.
The limit on the number of audiences/users in each facility of LCSD performance venues (except for major facilities of Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Tai Po Civic Centre and Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre) will be relaxed starting from May 19, with capacity to be increased from 50 to 85 per cent of the original. Consecutive seats will be limited to eight. For details, please refer to the notifications of individual venues. The limit on the number of users in other cultural facilities such as museums and public libraries will also be suitably relaxed on the same day.
For public programmes to be held at museums, including the screeniing programmes of the Hong Kong Film Archive, the limit on the number of audiences/users and other arrangements will be the same as the above-mentioned performance venues, with capacity increased to 85 per cent.
The public should pay attention to the following measures while using the reopened facilities :
Water Sports Centres:
Arrangement of Craft Hiring
Members of the public who meet the prerequisite qualifications can make use of the following channels to apply for 7-day advance booking or on-the-spot booking of unreserved crafts from May 4 (Wednesday), on a first-come-first-served basis:
i. Leisure Link e-Services System;
ii. Bring along the identification documents, proof of qualifications, craft hiring application form with fee in person at any water sports centres, District Leisure Services Offices and the specified recreational and sport venues with Leisure Link System; and
iii. Self-service Kiosk.
Public Swimming Pools
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.