The HKSAR government has announced a series of special measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in HK over these two days. I thought it might be helpful to have them in one place for your ease of reference.
2. Our Chief Executive just announced today these further measures to minimize the risk related to the cross-boundary traffic between HK and the Mainland:
- Mainland authorities will suspend the issue of new permits under the Individual Visits Scheme until further notice
- Cross-boundary rail services suspended for Express Rail Link and Inter-city through-trains from Jan 30
- Reduce flights from the Mainland by half from Jan 30
- Suspend cross-boundary ferry services from China Ferry Terminal and Tuen Mun from Jan 30 (limited services to/from Macao will continue)
- Suspend cross-boundary bus services on HK-Z-Macao Bridge and via Sha Tau Kok from Jan 30
- Suspend passenger clearance services at West Kowloon XRL Station, Hung Hom station, China Ferry Terminal, Tuen Mun ferry terminal and the land crossings at Sha Tau Kok and Man Kam To from Jan 30
3. Below are certain government arrangements already in place to keep the public informed and to minimize the risk of the spread of novel coronavirus in the community. Also included is the announcement on the plan for the stock, futures and derivatives markets of Hong Kong to trade as normal tomorrow:
CHP announce latest situation on imported cases of novel coronavirus infection
- 8 imported cases (same as the day before - all in quarantine/isolation)
- Contact tracing carried out: 97 people identified (95 under medical surveillance, 2 in isolation in hospital)
Special work arrangement for Government departments
- Civil servants to work from home if not involved in provision of emergency/essential services (tentatively till 2 Feb)
- Private sector urged to make similar arrangements if possible
Special arrangement for postal services - post office counter services, mail delivery, mail collection from posting boxes suspended until Feb 2
Government appeals to employers to make special work arrangement to reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community
The stock, futures and derivatives markets of Hong Kong will trade as normal on Jan 29
Transport Department public services suspended (driver's licences, international licences, driving tests etc)
Education Bureau rejects false rumour re: extended dates of return to school
Temporary closure of LCSD facilities from Jan 28
- Closed until further notice: All sports centres, sports grounds, grass pitches, artificial turf soccer pitches, tennis courts, squash courts, bowling greens, golf facilities, public swimming pools, beaches, Tuen Mun Recreation and Sports Centre, water sports centres and holiday camps. Cultural facilities include all museums, performance venues, public libraries and their study rooms, mobile libraries, and music centres of the Music Office.
Government response to media enquiries
- Rejection of rumour re: "use of Hong Kong's medical system to help the country tackle the disease"