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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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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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