This evenings stats...
25 new cases, 15 with travel history and 10 local suspected infections.
A fair few "F&B establishments" in TST are playing fast and loose with the new regulations. First place I was in insisted all customers ordered food (token order acceptable), next place which was busier as it was later didn't even bother with the pretence. Some places in East TST that I didn't even know sold food were still open for business.
Five guys in K11 was mobbed. People waiting for seats by the time I was leaving.
Whilst going up the escalators last night I had to walk by the Armoury in Tai Kwun and it was surprisingly quite busy. I've been to the Armoury many times before and have never noticed their food offerings - always assumed it was more of a bar - and noticed that none of the punters were actually eating anything.
This draws reinforces the question and confusion on how the hell the current administration is actually defining and enforcing what constitutes a bar vs a restaurant. Ridiculous.
I didn't like them any more or less during the protests nor do I like them now.
But when faced with the lesser of two evils, I do not side with the destruction of HK's economy and the now shattered veneer that we were previously skating on.
I think you'll find the inept response from Lam's administration has skewered HK's economy more than any of the protests.
I've read a lot of the literature and arguments that the protest movement has put forward out of curiosity as I consider myself a moderate.
The economy - other than destroying Chinese affiliated businesses and the admitted self destruction of Hong Kong's economy if the one side didn't get their way - was never on any protest agenda.
edit: btw instead of getting on an online tussle, let's meet the next time I come to Japan (or you come to HK) and I am happy to discuss our differences in person. I will buy the first round.