Hong Kong’s battered retail sector has reacted with fury after the government revealed it was considering cutting shopping centre business hours to tackle the Covid-19 crisis.

The Institute of Shopping Centre Management, an industry alliance of about 3,000 retailers, catering firms and mall operators, on Thursday said it strongly opposed the plan and warned the measure would spark a wave of shutdowns and put 450,000 jobs at risk if it materialised.

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