Authorities cancel Lunar New Year fair

Hong Kong: Florists slammed "unrealistic alternatives”

Hong Kong’s florists yesterday stormed out of a meeting with authorities in protest of the “unrealistic alternatives” offered to them, after the cancellation of the annual Lunar New Year fairs.

Florist Lee Wing-keung of flower shop Keung Kee Garden in Tai Po said authorities‘ “seek industry views” yesterday was totally false.

“They just simply hand over a piece of paper asking if we [florists] accept the alternative of selling our flowers in public housing estates,” said Lee, saying such an arrangement means they will have to compete with local flower shops in the estates.

Lee also pointed out that authorities have banned “dry goods” stalls from the Lunar New Year fair, leaving the fair with more space to accommodate customers while also observing social distancing.

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