Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccines
1. Government maintains existing social distancing measures
The Government announced the gazettal of extension of existing social distancing measures for 14 days from February 4 till February 17.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/…/202201/31/P2022013100652.htm
2. Government enhances anti-epidemic measures in view of severe epidemic situation
The Government announced that in light of the deteriorating COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong and that the number of new cases recorded daily stays high, a series of measures would be taken with a view to immediately enhancing Hong Kong’s capacity in guarding against the epidemic and containing further spread of the virus.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/…/202202/03/P2022020300617.htm
3. Expansion of special work arrangements for government employees and suspension of non-essential public services
In view of the severity of the COVID-19 epidemic situation, which may continue to deteriorate, the Government needs to take further measures to significantly reduce the flow of people and social contacts in the community so as to curb further spreading of the virus. A Government spokesman announced that bureaux and departments will expand the special work arrangements. Save for those involved in the provision of emergency services and essential public services and in anti-epidemic efforts, all other government employees will be arranged to work from home as far as possible. The government spokesman appeals to employers to allow their staff members to work from home as far as possible so as to reduce the flow of people and social contact in the community.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/…/202202/03/P2022020300486.htm
4. Latest quarantine and testing arrangements for foreign domestic helpers
The Government announced that starting from February 5, the compulsory quarantine period for inbound travellers from overseas places will be adjusted to 14 days in designated quarantine hotels (DQHs)/designated quarantine facilities (DQFs), to be followed by a seven-day self-monitoring period. For persons who arrived at Hong Kong before February 5 and are required to undergo the 15th to 21st days of quarantine in DQHs/DQFs on or after February 5 as per the original quarantine orders (i.e. inbound travellers from overseas who arrive at Hong Kong between January 16 and February 4), the Department of Health will arrange for them to undergo relevant testing by batches in an orderly manner before the completion of quarantine. If they obtain a negative test result and have completed at least 14 days of quarantine, they will be arranged to leave the DQHs/DQFs in turn.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/…/202201/28/P2022012800494.htm
5. Government resumes quarantine-free arrangements for arrivals from Zhuhai to Hong Kong through Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge under Return2hk and Come2hk Schemes
The Government announced that given Xiangzhou District of Zhuhai in Guangdong Province has been removed from the “list of at-risk places temporarily inapplicable under the Return2hk/Come2hk Scheme”, from January 31 onwards, persons who have fulfilled all specified conditions of the Return2hk Scheme or Come2hk Scheme would be exempted from compulsory quarantine upon entry into Hong Kong from the Zhuhai Port through the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) under the relevant Schemes. From 0.00 am on January 31, the online booking systems of the two Schemes mentioned above would be open for quota application for persons entering Hong Kong from the Zhuhai Port through HZMB.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/…/202201/30/P2022013000462.htm
6. Government adjusts quarantine and testing requirements for persons arriving at Hong Kong from Mainland, Macao and Taiwan
The Government announced that from February 5, the COVID-19 nucleic acid testing arrangements for persons arriving at Hong Kong from the Mainland and Macao will be adjusted. The compulsory quarantine period for inbound travellers from Taiwan will also be adjusted to 14 days in designated quarantine hotels (DQHs), followed by a seven-day self-monitoring period.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/…/202201/31/P2022013100693.htm
7. Government updates list of places of recognised vaccination records
The Government announced that it has concluded discussions with the Government of Peru and the United Nations to accept vaccination records issued by Peru and the United Nations as recognised vaccination records for Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Group A specified places under the mechanism. The relevant arrangements will take effect at 0.00am on February 5 (Saturday).
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/…/202201/31/P2022013100609.htm
8. Conditional free COVID-19 testing service continues for targeted groups
The Food and Health Bureau (FHB) announced that the free COVID-19 testing service will continue to be provided for eligible persons of targeted groups at community testing centres (CTCs).
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/…/202201/31/P2022013100792.htm
9. 48th round of compulsory testing for staff members of RCHEs, RCHDs and nursing homes to commence shortly
The Government announced that the 48th round of compulsory testing for staff members of residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs), residential care homes for persons with disabilities (RCHDs) and nursing homes will commence shortly.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/…/202201/28/P2022012800266.htm
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