Hong Kong people crowded on beaches, ferries and remote islands on Sunday. Many of them violated the ban on gatherings of more than four people to curb the spread of the new corona virus.
Clear blue skies lured people to popular areas of the territory over the long Easter weekend, and many of them did not have surgical masks. Masks have been worn in the city with 7.4 million inhabitants in recent months.
"We always stay at home and it's pretty boring," said Banny Mak, 24, a resident.
"We are social animals, we have to have a little bit of fun. I think with adequate protection (for) ourselves and to protect other people. I think it's okay to go out."
Hong Kong has registered 1,005 cases of COVID-19 killing four people in the city.
It prohibited public gatherings of more than four people for 14 days from March 29, after the largest daily increase in new COVID-19 infections was recorded, and later extended this restriction to April 23.
Police could be seen in some of the popular locations, although there were no signs or reports of arrests in a city where democracy-friendly activists, who have regularly met with security forces over the past year, have interrupted their demonstrations.
While Hong Kong, along with Singapore and Taiwan, have been cited as examples of their efforts to curb the corona virus, widespread disregard for weekend social distance rules threatens to affect the city's efforts to date.
"I was a little scared when I was on the MTR (subway) … there were so many people," said resident Irene Chong, 24. "I'm worried, but I'm wearing a mask and bringing alcohol ( Disinfectant). " and stuff. "
In a Facebook post on Saturday, China-led city guide Carrie Lam urged citizens to follow the instructions on social distance in restaurants, saying the government would raise the checks.
"But the most important thing is that the customers adhere to the rules. I hope that everyone will feel comfortable eating and go home early," she wrote.
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