Growing Panic Spread is far worse than virus spread. What are Coronavirus Safety Measures by HK Restaurants? Can it help to bring customers back?
Coronavirus outbreak has already disrupted our daily life. People stay at home to reduce risk of infection. However, sudden drop of customers strikes our economy. HK restaurants and other industries have announced Coronavirus safety measures. Can it help to bring customers back?
However, panic spread is now far worse than virus spread. Sadly, people go crazy at stocking rice and toilet papers.
Anyway, we hope that Hong Kong will ride over this tide soon!
Impact of Coronavirus Outbreak
Back to few weeks ago, Coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan. It is a key industrial city in China. Currently, virus spread is not only confined to China, but also across the globe.
Since the outbreak, international restaurant chains and retailers have closed operations in China. In addition, a number of factory and office workers cannot go back to work.
Coronavirus outbreak has already hit HK restaurants and other industries. In fact, its impact is far more than expected. Especially for HK people, many of us still remember the SARS epidemic in 2003.
Apparently, there is widespread panic in the city. It might be worse than that in SARS outbreak. Still, HK restaurants try hard to bring customers back by Coronavirus safety measures. Let’s take a look.
Coronavirus Safety Measures by HK Restaurants
For instance, Maxim’s Caterers request all restaurant staff to put on protective masks. Maxim’s is the biggest restaurant group in Hong Hong with more than 20,000 employees.
Likewise, other F&B operators have also announced Coronavirus safety measures, such as JIA Group and Maximal Concepts.
Coronavirus Safety Measures by HK industries
Apart from F&B industry, a number of industries are also feeling the impact.
Recently, theme parks including Disneyland and Ocean Park are closed. Some office employees are now working at home. Unless and until the virus spread is about to halt, the city would not be totally back from a trance.
(1) HK Cinemas – Empty Alternate Rows of Seats
In general, CNY is the peak business time for all cinemas. But the Coronavirus outbreak has changed this norm.
Ticket sales have slided for all cinemas during CNY holidays. After that, UA Cinemas has announced Coronavirus safety measures. For seating in cinemas, alternate rows will be kept empty. This arrangement is not only unprecedented, but also voluntarily give up half of ticket sales.
(2) HK Fitness Centres
Supposedly, people do not wear masks in doing exercise. Also, it’s not realistic to do so in practising yoga or dancing. Thus we can imagine how Coronavirus outbreak has badly hit fitness centres.
Among all industries, fitness centres are quick to adopt Coronavirus safety measures. To say a few – check visitor’s temperature, longer break in between classes, etc.
Nevertheless, many people are still afraid of virus infection while staying in the gym or studio.
(3) Sogo – Cut Short Operational Hours
Unlike in China, no department stores have closed operation in Hong Kong. However, some retailers and department stores have cut short operational hours.
Meanwhile, Sogo closes at 8pm. Its normal closing hour is 10pm instead. As a consequence, we can imagine how quiet in Causeway Bay at night recently!
(4) HK Jockey Club – Close all Off-course Betting Branches
In view of Coronavirus spread, HK Jockey Club has closed all off-course betting branches. Covering all districts, there are 101 branches in HK Island, Kowloon and New Territories.
No matter how, we’ve already got a global health emergency. Growing panic of virus infection is unavoidable. However, let’s be alert but not over-reacted.
Stay healthy too! We hope that the virus spread will stop soon.
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