July 30, 2020 at 7:41 AM EDT
With virus flip-flops, Hong Kongers ponder whether their leaders are out to lunch
HONG KONG — As a ban on dine-in eating took effect here Wednesday, a construction union polled members on Facebook asking where they were having lunch.
One said he was “having a side of sawdust” and posted a photo of his takeout box at his building site. Another wrote that his bread got wet after a sudden downpour, so he abandoned his meal. Several shared photos of workers huddled under walkways or on sidewalks, eating on the ground as people walked by.
Facing a record surge of novel coronavirus cases, Hong Kong authorities imposed strict social distancing measures, including the dine-in ban. But they stopped short of a lockdown — leaving construction crews, cleaners and others who cannot work from home or in air-conditioned offices squatting by gutters and enduring stifling heat to have their lunch.
By Shibani Mahtani, Tiffany Liang and Ryan Ho Kilpatrick