The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD)reopens the following land leisure facilities on 21 April :
All indoor sports facilities located inside sports centres, squash centres / standalone squash courts, table tennis centre, tennis centre, badminton centres, Hong Kong Velodrome, Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground, Tai Po Sports Ground, Tung Chau Street Park, Siu Lek Yuen Road Playground and Queen Elizabeth Stadium.
Other facilities / Ancillary facilities
The barbecue sites will continue to be closed until further notice. Some LCSD venues are temporarily closed for anti-epidemic purposes. For details, please refer to Annex (subject to the latest announcement in the webpage https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/early-testing.html and the webpage https://www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/programme (the list of Community Vaccination Centres)).
Users of all the above reopened facilities have to comply with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap. 599G) and the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F) on the prohibition of group gatherings of more than the number of people as stipulated by the law as well as regulation on wearing mask. The maximum number of players and referees to be allowed in each playing field/court at any time during competition or training match should follow the rules and regulations of the respective team sports competition.
In order to comply with the requirements stipulated in the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F) and relevant requirement of administrative instructions, the LCSD will ensure necessary measures to be adopted at reopened venues. Users of sports premises are required to scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" QR code before being allowed to enter for necessary contact tracing if a confirmed case is found. In accordance with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Vaccine Pass) Regulation (Cap.599L) and relevant requirement of administrative instructions, all persons entering or remaining at sports premises or other indoor venues under the management of the LCSD must comply with the requirement of Vaccine Pass. To expedite the process of admission, appeals are made to members of the public to download and install the "LeaveHomeSafe",“iAM Smart” or “eHealth” mobile app in advance and / or store the QR code of a COVID-19 vaccination record or COVID-19 vaccination medical exemption certificate in the app, or carry a paper copy of their COVID-19 vaccination record and / or exemption certificate printed with an encrypted QR code for scanning by the staff members of certain premises. Members of the public who opt for showing their COVID-19 vaccination record or Exemption Certificate printed without an encrypted QR code are reminded to arrive earlier to avoid delaying their visits as longer time is required for such registration. Details on the latest dosage schedule for the Vaccine Pass issued by the Government can be found at https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/vp_t1_ENG.pdf.
Processing and acceptance of applications for use of amphitheatres, leisure venues for non-designated use, sales activities at non-fee charging leisure venues and road safety towns, are suspended until further notice.
For refund arrangements in relation to venue closures, the hirer may submit a completed refund application form together with the original booking permit to the DLSOs or relevant leisure venues in person or by post, or make use of drop-in boxes located at the DLSOs. The refund application form can be downloaded from www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/aboutlcsd/forms/refund.html. Due to the closure of fee-charging facilities in relation to the situation of COVID-19, the number of refund cases will increase tremendously. The LCSD has adopted measures to handle these refund cases as soon as possible but a prolonged processing time for refunds is expected. Members of the public are advised to note the longer time required for refunds. The department apologises for any inconvenience caused.