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Mandatory Covid testing for staff as businesses bid to reopen on 18 Feb

Mandatory Covid testing for staff as businesses bid to reopen on 18 Feb

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The Hong Kong government announced yesterday the loosening of certain Covid restrictions that have been in place for more than two months, if the daily cases remains similar to the present after Chinese New Year.

Starting next Thursday (18 Feb), dining-in services can resume until 10pm, with the dine-in limit raised from two to four people per table. Additionally, indoor and outdoor sports venues, gyms, beauty and massage parlours, cinemas, theme parks and museums can reopen.

However, there are conditions to be met before reopening the venues. All employees have to get tested for Covid every two weeks, and the result naturally has to be negative. 

For those deciding to reopen their business on 18 Feb, their employees must take the first Covid testing between 21 Feb and 25 Feb, and take another one after 14 days. 

For the first three months, employees can get a free Covid testing at community testing centres.

Customers also need to scan the tracking app "Leave Home Safe".

Secretary for Food and Health Chan Siu-chee said she is "cautiously optimistic" on the pandemic and is confident that these measures can be carried out after the Chinese New Year, as long as everybody follows the social-distancing rules. 

Photo/ Culture Trip

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