Unsure of the current rules and restrictions for restaurants and bars? Refer to this quick guide for those currently operating under type C & D vaccine bubbles.

We’ve signed up for the lucky draws and keeping our fingers crossed that travel will resume somewhat normally in months to come, but meanwhile we continue to seek out a little normalcy in Hong Kong, starting with bars and restaurants that’ll cater to groups and keep serving us our favourite cocktails past sunset – provided we take the appropriate precautions, of course. Not sure which of your usual haunts is operating under a vaccine bubble? Read on for our quick guide that’s here to help with putting Friday nights back on the map.

What are the current rules for type C&D restaurants and type 1 & 2 bars under vaccine bubbles?

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Restaurants:

So, how does it work? Except for bars or pubs, which are subject to other requirements, the government has essentially divided restaurants into four categories: A, B, C and D. All restaurants across the city are subject to operating under one of the subtypes, each with different seating restrictions, opening times and vaccinated staff requirements. Restaurants in Group A, for example, are limited to two people per table and must cease operations at 6pm, whilst Group B may serve up to four guests per table and are able to run until 10pm. Types C and D are able to operate under a “vaccine bubble”, allowing for extended service hours and more customers per table – all on the basis that staff have received their first (type C) and second dose (type D) of the vaccine.

TYPE CTYPE D
– Maximum six people per table.
– Dine-in service until midnight.
– Maximum 20 participants in any one banquet.
– Must use the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile application (except persons aged under 16 with an accompanying adult.)
– Persons aged under 16 without the company of an adult, and persons aged 65 or above may opt to complete the record form.
– Maximum 12 people per table.
– Dine-in service until 2am.
– At least two-thirds of persons at the same table for non-banquets must have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
– Maximum 180 participants in any one banquet with at least two-thirds of the total number of participants must have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
– Must use the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile application (except persons aged under 16 with an accompanying adult.)
– Persons aged under 16 without the company of an adult, and persons aged 65 or above may opt to complete the record form.
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Bars, pubs and nightclubs:

Similar to type C and D restaurant regulations, bars, pubs or nightclubs operating under the ‘type 1’ arrangement must ensure that not only customers, but staff members have also received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and for ‘type 2’, staff must be fully vaccinated in order to operate.

Type 1Type 2
– Maximum four persons per table/in the same group.
– Open until 2am
– Must have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
– Must use the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile application.
– Maximum eight persons per table/in the same group.
– Open until 4am
– Must have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
– Must use the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile application.

Not sure which restaurant is opening under what rule? Check out our quick reference guide below, linking you straight to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department’s up-to-date list of establishments operating under vaccine bubbles…

Type C Restaurants and Bars:

Type D Restaurants and Bars:

For full details, including premises operating requirements, refer to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department guidelines here.

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Lexi Davey
Managing Editor
A typical ‘third culture’ kid, Lexi spent the best part of her life between Hong Kong and Malaysia. A self-confessed heliophile with a thirst for travel and adventure, she moved home to foster a career in digital editing and lifestyle copywriting. Loves include: commas, nervous laughter and her rescue pup, Wella