Hong Kong police bans two gatherings out of social distancing concerns

Hong Kong police banned a rally, scheduled for next Wednesday, and a gathering, scheduled for Sunday, citing social distancing regulations brought to the city by the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made in an official statement by the police on Friday.

The rules prohibit gatherings of more than 50 people. 

The police believe a public gathering or rally at this time will increase the risk of people spreading the virus, which in turn will pose a threat to residents' health and safety.