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Subsidy scheme accepts applications

The Food Courts Subsidy Scheme was launched today and opened for applications to provide financial support to operators of eligible licensed food factories in operation, the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department announced.   Launched under the fourth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund, the scheme will provide a one-off subsidy ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 to licence holders of food factories according to the floor area of the premises as specified on the business operation licence.   The department explained that "food court" means a place inside a shopping mall comprising licensed food factories and an adjoining seating area with tables and chairs or stools provided by the property management or owner of the mall for non-exclusive use by its visitors, which may include patrons of the licensed food factories.   The scheme requires an applicant to make a declaration, including indicating that the food business is still in operation, and if the business is not oper

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Social distancing measures extended

The Government today announced the social distancing measures currently in place will be maintained until January 27.   The Food & Health Bureau said the COVID-19 epidemic situation in Hong Kong remains volatile, noting the latest seven-day average number of local cases with unknown sources of infection was 17 and a number of confirmed cases were found in certain districts over a short period of time, which shows that silent transmission in the community is still active.   Taking into account the latest public health risk assessment, the Government will maintain existing requirements and restrictions applicable to catering business premises and scheduled premises.   Unless exempted, the prohibition on group gatherings of more than two people in public places will continue during the seven-day period from January 21.   The requirement for wearing a mask at all times when on public transport and in all public places will also remain in effect.   The Government will soon gazette directions and specifications under three relevant regulations.   The Government also announced that it will restrict people who have stayed in Brazil or Ireland from boarding flights for Hong Kong as cases caused by the new virus variant with high transmissibility were found in the two countries recently.   Under the specifications that will take effect from midnight on January 23, all people who have stayed in Brazil or Ireland for more than two hours on the day of boarding or during the 21 days before that day will not be allowed to board for Hong Kong.
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