The Hong Kong Club and Hong Kong Cricket Club are temporarily closed after hosting members’ spouses who were diagnosed with Covid-19.

According to emails acquired by HKFP, the Hong Kong Club hosted a member’s spouse on November 17 at the club’s Bowling Alley Bar – she later tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday. The club was closed on Sunday to conduct deep cleaning and is set to reopen on Tuesday evening.

Hong Kong Cricket Club. File photo: Wikicommons.

“We are working with the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection for contact tracing and as a precaution we have decided to close the Club immediately and will conduct deep cleaning and disinfection fogging overnight,” an email from the general manager said. All staff are set to be tested, they added.

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Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Cricket Club also hosted a member’s spouse at the Chater Tavern on November 16. She was diagnosed with Covid-19 on Sunday.

“The Member has been tested with a negative result and is currently in a Government Quarantine Centre,” a club announcement read.

The club is closed until Tuesday afternoon.

Both clubs confirmed the closures to HKFP.

The city recorded 73 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday – the highest daily total in over three months. Ten were imported cases, 53 were connected to known cases – including 50 from dance class clusters – and eight cases were of unknown origins.

Monday’s record was the highest in three months, signaling the beginning of a fourth wave of Covid-19 in the city.

To lessen the demand for isolation wards and hospital beds, health authorities announced at a press conference on Monday that community treatment centres at AsiaWorld-Expo in Chek Lap Kok would be reopened on Wednesday for younger confirmed patients in a stable condition with the ability to care for themselves, as well as those with a preliminary positive infection.

Update 24/11: The Ladies Recreation Club is the latest private members club to close temporarily following a confirmed case of Covid-19 among visitors. The club is closed until Thursday for disinfection.

Additional reporting: Tom Grundy.

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Candice Chau

Candice is a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. She previously worked as a researcher at a local think tank. She has a BSocSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester and a MSc in International Political Economy from London School of Economics.