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Subsidy scheme accepts applications

The Food Courts Subsidy Scheme was launched today and opened for applications to provide financial support to operators of eligible licensed food factories in operation, the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department announced.   Launched under the fourth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund, the scheme will provide a one-off subsidy ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 to licence holders of food factories according to the floor area of the premises as specified on the business operation licence.   The department explained that "food court" means a place inside a shopping mall comprising licensed food factories and an adjoining seating area with tables and chairs or stools provided by the property management or owner of the mall for non-exclusive use by its visitors, which may include patrons of the licensed food factories.   The scheme requires an applicant to make a declaration, including indicating that the food business is still in operation, and if the business is not oper

6.9k tested in restricted area

About 6,900 people underwent testing at the temporary specimen collection stations in the specified restricted area in Jordan yesterday according to preliminary records, the Government said today.   The Government made a restriction-testing declaration and issued a compulsory testing notice in respect of the Jordan restricted area, requesting people subject to compulsory testing to take the test before midnight yesterday.   Speaking to the media after inspecting the restricted area this morning, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung thanked the residents for their co-operation and understanding.   He added that the Government is confident the restrictions will be lifted by 6am tomorrow.   “On the basis of what’s happening now, we have confidence that we should be able to do it. Because we have already done screening for around 7,000 people yesterday in terms of COVID-19 testing. I think the number of people coming out today would be relatively small, so the labs can handle the testings.”   Working staff from the Government visited more than 3,240 households in the restricted area yesterday, involving around 6,200 residents. Details of the residents were registered to facilitate follow-up on testing condition in the future.   Home visits will continue today and those who have not undergone testing will be arranged to take the test at specimen collection stations.   Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui joined Mr Cheung during the inspection of the restricted area and emphasised that residents' needs are being met.   “In Hong Kong, we do have meal services for the needy, people with special needs and the elderly. So during this operation, we do have that service. And we do have several hotlines including one for ethnic minorities as well. For any special cases, we would be on the ground to handle them. Basically, we try to accommodate people as best as we can.”
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