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Rules for vaccinated staff relaxed

The Government today announced its decision to maintain the current social distancing measures and specified that premises' staff who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course will not be required to undergo regular testing.   The Food & Health Bureau pointed out that the number of local confirmed cases has declined to a lower level.   However, it explained that to continue containing the spread of the disease and to strive for zero case as soon as possible, taking into account the pressure for potential rebound of the epidemic brought by earlier relaxation of social distancing measures and the frequent gatherings among the public during the long holiday, the existing social distancing measures must be maintained for two more weeks.   Noting that the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has been smoothly implemented for a while, the bureau said some staff of the catering business premises or scheduled premises have completed the vaccination course, ie after 14 days following

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2 restricted areas set

The Government today made restriction-testing declarations to require people within two specified restricted areas in Central & Western District and Sai Ying Pun to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing for COVID-19.   The Central & Western restricted area includes Golden Phoenix Court at 1-2 St Stephen’s Lane and Blocks A & M, Hing Wah Mansion at 1 Babington Path.   The Sai Ying Pun restricted area includes Manifold Court at 36-46 Pok Fu Lam Road, True Light Building at 100-106 Third Street, High Park 99 at 99 High Street and Wing Cheung Building at 19-29 Western Street.   As confirmed cases were found in these buildings, the Government believes it is necessary to issue restriction-testing declarations for both areas.   The declarations for the two restricted areas took effect from 9pm.   Temporary specimen collection stations will be set up at the restricted areas. People in the Sai Ying Pun restricted area subject to compulsory testing will need to be tested by 00.30am, while those in the Central & Western restricted area need to undergo testing by 2am.   They will be arranged to undergo a nucleic acid test at specimen collection stations, where staff will collect samples through combined nasal and throat swabs.   The Government will arrange door-to-door specimen collection for people with impaired mobility and seniors.   It aims to finish both exercises by 8am tomorrow.   Those in the restricted areas who have undergone testing from March 13 to 15 and can provide the SMS notification containing the test results are not required to be tested again.   They must stay in their premises until all people have been tested and the results are mostly ascertained.   Anyone who had been present in either area for more than two hours from March 2 to 15, even if they were not present in the restricted areas at the time the declaration took effect, must undergo compulsory testing before March 17.   The Government has prepared simple food for the residents restricted by the declarations, and the Home Affairs Department has set up an enquiry hotline 2835 1473.   The Social Welfare Department will also assist those affected.
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