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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

Shops in Govt venues to get grants

The Leisure & Cultural Services Department today announced that a one-off relief grant will be provided to operators of light refreshment and fast food kiosks as well as retail outlets in its venues under the sixth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund.   The department has temporarily closed most of its leisure and cultural venues since January 7 to tie in with the Government's tightened anti-epidemic measures.   A one-off grant of $30,000 will be provided to operators of light refreshment and fast food kiosks, as well as retail outlets including pro shops, bike kiosks, museum book shops and gift shops, performing arts shops, book shops and gift shops, that were directed to suspend business due to the closure of such venues.   For those which were not asked to suspend business but their operations have been affected by the social distancing measures, their operators will be provided with a one-off grant of $15,000.   Applications for the grants will open tomorrow and close on May 13.   Operators holding valid contracts with the department on the date of submitting applications and still running the businesses are eligible to apply.   Application forms and guidelines will be sent to operators with valid contracts directly or by post.   Those who are eligible should submit their applications to the respective district leisure services offices or cultural venues under the department. The disbursement of the grants could generally be made in batches within around one month from the application deadline.

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