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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Mike Weeks


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Carrie Lam says it’s time to loosen up a bit  Listenfacebook
The government has announced the easing of a ban on gatherings of more than four people, after Hong Kong passed 16 days apparently free of the spread of Covid-19. From Friday, groups of up to eight people will be allowed to get together in restaurants. Other venues such as bars, cinemas and gyms will also re-open. But karaoke lounges and nightclubs will remain closed for at least two more weeks. Wendy Wong has the details:
Schools to return from May 20  Listenfacebook
The government on Tuesday also outlined plans for the resumption of schools in phases. This will see some students back in classrooms later this month. Robert Kemp reports:
Teachers’ union head welcomes phased school reopening  Listenfacebook
Schools have been closed since the Lunar New Year, in January. According to the timetable laid out by education authorities for their reopening, private and international schools can resume classes from May 20. Form three to form five pupils at government and subsidised secondary schools will go back just after the Diploma of Secondary Education exams finish on May 27. Younger students will follow on in stages running up to mid-June. The head of the Professional Teachers' Union, lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen, told Jim Gould the school resumption plan generally makes sense:
HK safest place in the world at the moment: Allan Zeman  Listenfacebook
The easing of coronavirus restrictions in Hong Kong has been generally welcomed, with some restaurants reporting a surge in bookings for Mother's Day on Sunday. But catering industry legislator Tommy Cheung is disappointed that karaoke and nightclubs have to remain shut for at least two more weeks. The Executive Councillor accused the government of ignoring the plight of the industry. The Hong Kong Bar and Club Association expressed hope the government can further relax distancing rules for bars and pubs. Mike Weeks asked the chairman of the Lan Kwai Fong Group, Allan Zeman, if he’s happy with the move:
Continuing service suspensions a concern for disabled and chronically ill  Listenfacebook
Despite the easing of coronavirus measures, many publicly-funded services deemed to be non-essential continue to be suspended. These include physiotherapy and home services for the elderly, the disabled and the chronically ill. NGOs offering such services are worried that the lengthy suspension could have a long-term physical and emotional impact on their patients. Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung spoke to Joanne Wong about some of the problems people are facing:
Tens of thousands register for free reusable masks  Listenfacebook
Registration to get one of the government's free reusable face masks opened at 7am on Wednesday. As the system went live almost 40,000 people were in the online queue, but getting to the front was only taking a few minutes. Residents will also be eligible for a handout of disposable masks, although these won't be available for about two more months. Richard Pyne has the details:
Pro-establishment grandees unite to re-launch HK  Listenfacebook
Establishment heavyweights have formed a new alliance to try to "re-launch" Hong Kong after months of anti-government protests and amid the worst recession on record. Two former chief executives - Tung Chee-hwa and CY Leung - are co-convenors of the 'Hong Kong Coalition', which includes among its 1,500-odd members, property tycoons, former top officials and ex-police chiefs. Maria Tam - a member of the Committee for the Basic Law of the National People's Congress Standing Committee – is the coalition's spokesperson. Annemarie Evans asked her about its primary purpose:
Jimmy Lai and fellow democracy veterans appear in court  Listenfacebook
Three prominent pro-democracy figures arrested on charges of unlawful assembly over an anti-extradition protest last year made their first appearance in court on Tuesday. Damon Pang reports: