Because of coronavirus outbreak, Hong Kong government imposed new restriction to limit public gatherings to 4 and more people above for 14 days from 29th March. Taking public transport and work are the exceptions but there are many grey areas causing dissatisfactions from the public.
At 8am on 4th April, an Apple Daily HK (蘋果) reader, Ms Yuen (袁小姐) reported through (爆相爆片) that she saw more than 30 staff were at a location shooting for TVB new drama, Brain-Eating Zombie (食腦喪B) at Wun Sha Street. Some staff even removed their face masks to smoke and it increased the risk of infection. When the team occupied the road and parking space, Ms Yuen pointed it to them and one staff replied her arrogantly: “We can film whatever we like.” She then said in a furious tone: “So TVB can do whatever it wants?”
Subsequently, Ms Yuen lodged a police report and the officers did not take any actions regarding public gathering, occupying the road and parking their vehicles. She continued: “They fail to answer me when I ask if TVB applies for permission in advance and any supporting documents. The cops explain they do not need to apply for approval since it is for working purpose. So why do the officers arrest the youngsters when walking on the street?” Shortly after, a police officer (張姓值) from Happy Valley police station arrived and Ms Yuen said: “They told me to forget it but TVB is obstructing the traffic and there are many staff. To my surprise, he said he is a busy man and it is not within his control but Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (食環署) instead.”
Upon arriving at the shooting, Apple Daily HK reporters discovered the cast team members including Kong Ka Man (江嘉敏), Matthew Ho (何廣沛), Arnold Kwok (郭子豪) and more than 30 staff were present. The scene illustrated Arnold was dressed in a suit while Ka Man was cycling and he was behind her. There were more than 10 people when filming that scene. Also, Arnold, Ka Man and the staff did not wear face masks during the break and it is obvious the whole team lack of making safety precautions.
When asked if Matthew was worried about breaking the law related to public gatherings, he said: “Nope. We are working and the company takes care of the arrangement. Previously, the cops question us while patrolling. We apply for permission and there is nothing to be afraid of.”
As for public gatherings restriction, TVB replied to the media on the same day that outdoor shooting was an exception and they will try to reduce the team members. In addition on 5th April, Apple Daily HK tried to contact police public relations department regarding Ms Yuen’s complaint but there was no response until now.