After a large number of white people attacked the demonstrators and passengers who had completed the parade on the platforms and trains of the Yuen Long Station on the MTR on Sunday, there were reports of triad elements attacking in the afternoon, although the police indicated that there would be no intelligence
The triads are attacking the public, but the business community is still worried about another violent conflict. The New Territories West includes areas such as Yuen Long, Tuen Mun and Tsuen Wan. It also has a number of bank branches, a large number of retail shops, cultural and recreational facilities, estate agents and new sales offices. Since the afternoon, the business has been suspended or closed early to avoid the chaos. The market is very deserted and suddenly stopped.
Bank branch McDonald’s closes early
The financial services industry was seriously affected. At least 41 bank branches were suspended from about 3 pm yesterday, and employees living in the New Territories West were allowed to leave work early.
The people’s livelihood shops are also affected. The restaurants such as McDonald’s have eight outlets in the New Territories West. They closed at 6 pm early. The public thinks that the department store should also be able to “get through the door". Yi Tin Department Store is connected to the MTR Yuen Long Station. The two branches of YOHO MALL and Tucheng V city were closed in the afternoon and the employees were evacuated. Even if they were to be taken out, the delivery service companies Uber Eats and Deliveroo also stopped the Yuen Long District take-out service in the afternoon because of the safety of the delivery staff. Deliveroo’s services in Tuen Mun District were also suspended.
The special products for the sale of snacks and household goods 360 (02360) all the seven stores in Yuen Long and Tuen Mun closed early, and Sa Sa (00178) 20 New Territories West Gate was temporarily closed. On the property front, the sales office of Tuen Mun New Pan Ching Estate at the “Yue Pin Hotel. Tuen Mun" closed yesterday and suspends sales. Today, depending on the circumstances, it will be decided whether to reopen. A number of branches of Yuen Long, Tuen Mun, Tin Shui Wai and Tsuen Wan were also closed.
Based on public safety considerations, the Yuen Long Stadium, Yuen Long Swimming Pool and various cultural and recreational facilities in the same district will be closed at 7 pm.
Catering industry is expected to fall 5% in business this month
Apart from the New Territories West, some companies have closed the door or suspended their business in advance to protect the safety of their staff and customers. The Apple Store website shows that the Central, Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Tong and Sha Tin branches were only open until 4 pm yesterday. The Kwun Tong apm branch is closed all day.
The Chairman of the Hong Kong Retail Management Association, Mr. Xie Qiu, said that the Yuen Long attack must have a negative impact on the business. To protect the safety of employees and guests, shops need to close their doors and directly affect business. The association maintains a double-digit decline in retail sales this year. She expects mid-to-high-end consumer products to be most affected by political events, while food and other people’s livelihood merchants are less affected.
Huang Jiahe, president of the Food and Beverage Association, revealed that many members of the Yuen Long and Tuen Mun districts were worried. Many shops closed their doors at 2 to 3 pm yesterday to let their employees get off work. He calculated that the sunset gate would be half a day. The impact of the violent incident last Sunday was expected to directly reduce the business volume this month by 5%. If the incident continues, it will weaken consumer sentiment.
Mr Wong continued to say that many members told him that the incident in Yuen Long and Tuen Mun District was “unusual". After the attack on Sunday night, there was another violent incident on the Internet yesterday, which worried about personal safety and public transport. It may be suspended. He stressed that “the personal safety of employees is very important and the business is second."