Amber code won't keep fans from the races

Overseas visitors holding an amber code can enter the racecourse from Sunday, when outdoor food outlets will be reopened, the Jockey Club has announced.

HKJC said racegoers no longer need to present their vaccine pass QR code to enter racecourses, but they are still required to scan the LeaveHomeSafe code.

"Amber code holders may enter racecourses and eat and drink in the outdoor areas. However, they may not enter premises which are subject to the active checking requirement, such as dine-in premises," it said, adding that walk-in admissions will also be resumed.

Red code holders - Covid-19 patients - are not welcome.

The beer garden and live entertainment between races will be fully reopened on November 23.

Hong Kong yesterday recorded 5,951 Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths.

Meanwhile, the mainland recorded 17,772 infections on Monday, including 5,529 cases in Guangzhou, breaking its single-day record. But authorities will continue easing restrictions in certain districts "when conditions mature."

Protesters chanting "no more testing" took to the street in the city's Haizhu district after a lockdown order covering nearly two-thirds of the area was prolonged until tonight.

Videos circulating on social media showed hundreds of protesters tearing down barriers intended to prevent them from leaving their homes. A few scuffled with officials in hazmat suits while others threw debris at police officers.