Hong Kong targets boat parties as part of Covid crackdown

author icon By Guest Writer | 2 December 2020

Hong Kong skyline

Hong Kong has set up a hotline for residents to report parties aboard yachts and rented party boats as the city beefs up social-distancing rules to contain a surge of virus cases.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam told a weekly news briefing Tuesday ahead of a meeting of her advisory Executive Council that some people were hosting rule-breaking gatherings at sea, according to media reports.

Already nightclubs and karaoke parlours are closing as a result of the new round of restrictions.

 

Holding parties aboard rented “junks” in Hong Kong’s iconic harbor and off outlying islands is a favourite weekend pastime.

“The reporting hotline newly set up is there because we see that, after party rooms and karaoke parlors have been made to close, there are a number of people who organize events at sea,” Bloomberg reported Lam as saying. “We want to target such a breach.”

The local police force has also posted on Facebook calling on residents to alert them to parties at sea.