(Repeats to add Walt Disney Co ticker symbol, no change totext, headline) By Twinnie Siu and Donny Kwok HONG KONG, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Hong Kong tightenedrestrictions aimed at containing a rise in coronavirus cases onMonday, limiting gatherings to no more than two people, closingkaraoke lounges and games centres and telling most civilservants to work from home. The measures come in addition to restrictions announced onSunday that will see all schools close for in-person learningfor the rest of the year, also from Dec. 2. Games centres, karaoke lounges and swimming pools will closefrom Wednesday and civil servants, excluding those that provideemergency services, will stay at home, Hong Kong leader CarrieLam told reporters. The Ocean Park theme park and DisneyLand will also close,said secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan. "It will be very critical in the coming two weeks," Lamsaid. "I hope that Hong Kong people can remain tolerant." Gyms and sports centres will remain open but only to amaximum of two people at a time, while massage and beauty salonswill stay in operation, the government said. Restaurant dine-in hours will be shortened to 10 p.m. frommidnight, with no more than two people per table. A ban ongatherings will also be capped at two people, down from four. Bars in Hong Kong are already shut, but some are trying toskirt the rules by placing plates and cutlery with customersunder the pretence they are dining. The global financial centre has so far managed to avoid thewidespread outbreak of the disease seen in many major citiesacross the world, although the stop-start restrictions havecaused frustration among some business owners and residents. While there had been a ban on gatherings of more than fourpeople, larger groups of residents have been widely seentogether across the territory, especially on weekends and publicholidays, although it's rare to see anyone without a face mask. Lam said there were 76 new cases on Monday, bringing thetotal in the city of 7.4 million to more than 6,300 since theepidemic started, with 109 deaths. Forty of the latest tallywere related to dance clubs. The overall figure was lower thanSunday's nearly four-month high of 115. Lam said fines for breaches of the new rules could bedoubled to at least HK$4,000 ($516). The latest rise in cases has also led to the postponementfor at least two weeks of a travel bubble between Hong Kong andSingapore - which was due to be launched on Nov. 22. REUTERS
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