Reopening arrangements for public swimming pools and beaches were unveiled by the government on Wednesday after a months-long Covid-19-related closure. Meanwhile, an expert committee has said that two post-vaccine deaths were not caused by the jab.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will reopen 35 public swimming pools on Friday, with the number of people allowed in limited to 30 per cent of the original capacity. Training groups and classes will be limited to four people.

Photo: Selina Cheng/HKFP.

Visitors will have to wear facemasks at all times except when swimming, having a shower, walking between the changing room and the pool and between pools, and doing warm-up exercises at least 1.5 metres away from others. Trainers have to wear masks at all times when coaching.

List of public swimming pools to be reopened on April 2, 2021 – click to view.

Hong Kong Island:
Kennedy Town Swimming Pool
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Swimming Pool
Chai Wan Swimming Pool
Island East Swimming Pool
Siu Sai Wan Swimming Pool
Pao Yue Kong Swimming Pool
Morrison Hill Swimming Pool
Wan Chai Swimming Pool (only for group training purpose)

Tai Wan Shan Swimming Pool
Kwun Tong Swimming Pool
Lam Tin Swimming Pool
Lai Chi Kok Park Swimming Pool
Lei Cheng Uk Swimming Pool
Kowloon Park Swimming Pool
Tai Kok Tsui Swimming Pool
Morse Park Swimming Pool

New Territories:
Tung Chung Swimming Pool
Tuen Mun Swimming Pool
Tuen Mun North West Swimming Pool
Yuen Long Swimming Pool
Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool
Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool
Tsuen King Circuit Wu Chung Swimming Pool
Shing Mun Valley Swimming Pool
Kwai Shing Swimming Pool
North Kwai Chung Jockey Club Swimming Pool
Tsing Yi Swimming Pool
Tsing Yi Southwest Swimming Pool
Fanling Swimming Pool
Tai Po Swimming Pool
Sha Tin Jockey Club Swimming Pool
Hin Tin Swimming Pool
Ma On Shan Swimming Pool
Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool
Sai Kung Swimming Pool

The LCSD will also open 15 public beaches from Friday. Gatherings of more than four people are not allowed, and citizens have to wear facemasks at all times. Barbecue sites will remain closed.

List of gazetted beaches to be reopened on April 2, 2021 – click to view.

Hong Kong Island:
Deep Water Bay Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach
Repulse Bay Beach
Stanley Main Beach
Shek O Beach

New Territories:
Hung Shing Yeh Beach
Silver Mine Bay Beach
Lido Beach
Casam Beach
Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach
Silverstrand Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach
Butterfly Beach
Golden Beach

Post-vaccine deaths probe concluded

Since the beginning of the vaccination programme in late February, nine men and four women aged between 55 and 80 have died after receiving a coronavirus vaccine. According to the Department of Health, most of the victims died of cardiovascular diseases.

Two of the 13 post-vaccine deaths had no causal relationship with the coronavirus vaccines, the Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation concluded in a meeting on Tuesday.

The committee said they would draw conclusions on four other cases “when necessary information is available,” after medical history and preliminary autopsy findings showed that the deaths were not directly related to coronavirus vaccination.

File photo: Tim Reckmann, via Flickr.

The department said that healthcare professionals may not have to report cases as adverse events following immunisation “when there are obvious medical causes for certain clinical events, including death cases.”

Hong Kong reported seven coronavirus infections on Tuesday, of which only one was locally transmitted.

New jabs readied

Fosun Pharma, the supplier of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, said on Tuesday that a new batch of jabs is ready for shipping as the investigation of defective packaging is completed, SCMP reported.

The Hong Kong government stopped the vaccination programme for Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines last Wednesday after Fosun reported defective lids on some of the doses.

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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.