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A park in Hong Kong is trying to reinvent outdoor events

Emerald Pellot
·2-min read

A park in Hong Kong is making socially distanced gatherings fun again.

AIA Vitality Park is an outdoor space, built during the lockdown, that screens movies with quite a few elaborate precautions. Groups of two to four people can reserve one of the 100 available tables to hang out at. Each table has its own 2.5-meter enclosed area and every area has a 1.5-meter gap separating the guests from each other.

“We had to really rethink and be creative about a solution we can find to address the challenges of COVID-19. We have to reinvent, reiterate and rejuvenate the events industry with clever concepts that can deliver safe entertainment for consumers to enjoy,” Simon Wilson, an event organizer, told the Associated Press.

Some of the measures the park has taken are online pre-registration, health declarations, temperature checks, a fack mask requirement, regular cleaning and readily available hand sanitizer for visitors.

“The whole consumer market has shrunk due to the pandemic but it doesn’t mean all consumer products are affected. For example, luxury spending has shrunk but entertainment and especially food and beverage have not been,” Wilson added.

Guests will be able to watch classic movies, like “Jaws,” for about $19 per ticket.

“It’s been a long hard year locked inside for the majority of it, so it’s nice to be able to sit outside with some friends, have a drink, enjoy a film. I’m really looking forward to it,” patron Beth Hackney said.

The outdoor park will offer other activities like live music and yoga classes in the future.

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