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Social distancing to be relaxed

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government plans to adjust the social distancing measures for restaurants based on staff and customers having been vaccinated against COVID-19 and patrons using the LeaveHomeSafe mobile application.   Chief Executive Carrie Lam made the statement during a press conference today, noting that Hong Kong was entering a new phase in its fight against the virus.   Under the “vaccine bubble”, the number of people allowed to be seated together at one table in restaurants will be increased from four to six, and their dine-in service can be extended from 10pm to midnight on the condition that all staff have been vaccinated and patrons use the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app.   Customers using the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app when entering the eatery would no longer need to fill in their personal information on a paper form.   If all the restaurant staff are fully vaccinated with both doses, plus 14 days for

Free testing for helpers continues

The Labour Department today announced that it will continue to provide a free COVID-19 testing service for foreign domestic helpers (FDHs).   The department explained that mobile specimen collection stations will continue to be set up at the popular gathering places of FDHs on Sundays in April and the day following Ching Ming Festival, April 5.         Mobile specimen collection stations will be set up at Chater Road Pedestrian Precinct in Central, Hing Fat Street entrance of Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, Lai Chi Kok Park entrance and the Tsuen Wan Park entrance.   The four stations will run from 10am to 5pm and no prior appointment is required.   FDHs should bring their Hong Kong identity cards or passports and register their personal information on the spot at the government website.   If necessary, duty officers can assist in the registration. The testing agent will not acquire or retain participants’ personal information.   Participants will be notified of a negative test result via SMS. Positive cases will be referred to the Centre for Health Protection for follow-up and the Department of Health will contact those confirmed as being infected with the virus.        The Labour Department called on FDHs to participate in the free testing to safeguard their health. It also appealed to employment agencies and employers to arrange for them to receive the free testing service at designated mobile specimen collection stations.   Call 2157 9537 or email the department for enquiries.
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