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13 building plans approved in Nov

The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtw

New round of quarantine hotels set

(To watch the full media briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   A total of 36 hotels will provide about 10,000 rooms under the second round of the Designated Quarantine Hotel Scheme, Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said today.   In a media briefing this afternoon, Mr Nip noted that four hotels will join the scheme, while four hotels that took part in the scheme’s first round have chosen to withdraw.   Mr Nip said: “As regards the four hotels (from the first round) that decided to withdraw from the scheme, it is because of their own considerations or commercial reasons.”   The 36 designated quarantine hotels, with the contract period lasting from February 20 to April 20, will provide rooms of various types and rates for selection by returnees to Hong Kong.   Mr Nip explained that the Government has increased the number of hotels offering lower room rates in this new cycle.   “In this second round, we have increased the number of hotels that charge at a low-end price.   “We now have over 80%, actually it’s 83.5% of the total number of hotel rooms that will charge below $1,000 a night.”   The number of hotels offering room rates of $500 or below will increase from seven to 11 and the number of such rooms will be almost doubled to over 2,800 rooms.   To further prevent the importation of COVID-19 cases, the Government fully implemented the Designated Quarantine Hotel Scheme and Designated Transportation Scheme on December 22, 2020.   It requires all travellers arriving from countries outside China to undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days at designated quarantine hotels.
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