The resumption of live performances for Hong Kong’s Mid-Autumn Festival is a tentative step towards normal life for the cultural community.
Only half of seats will be allowed to be sold in venues in the city with no more than four adjoining seats in any row and performers will have to be adequately distanced from each other. But the announcement is seen as a positive step for an industry that has been particularly hard hit in recent months.
Hong Kong legislator, Ma Fung-kwok, representing the sports, performing arts, culture and publication sectors, told reporters, ‘Many performers had zero income for months due to the closure of the venues. The markets are yet to warm up to online performances… And no one knows how long the new rule will last if a fourth wave of Covid-19 strikes the city.’
Venues including karaoke lounges, bars, and theme parks have already re-opened.