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Cash allowance scheme set

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government will launch a three-year Cash Allowance Trial Scheme in late June to alleviate the livelihood difficulties faced by grassroots families who have been waiting for public rental housing for a long time.   At a press conference this afternoon, Permanent Secretary for Transport & Housing (Housing)/Director of Housing Agnes Wong said the cash allowance is not a rent subsidy and the recipients are not required to use it to pay for rent.   “This is purely to relieve their financial pressure while waiting for public rental housing.      “We aim to send out around 90,000 application forms to the eligible applicants by the end of this month. We urge them to complete the form and return it to us as soon as possible.”   The cash allowance amount is determined by the number of people in a public rental housing application who meet all eligibility criteria.   Along with other criteria

Social distancing measures extended

The Government today announced the social distancing measures currently in place will be maintained until January 27.   The Food & Health Bureau said the COVID-19 epidemic situation in Hong Kong remains volatile, noting the latest seven-day average number of local cases with unknown sources of infection was 17 and a number of confirmed cases were found in certain districts over a short period of time, which shows that silent transmission in the community is still active.   Taking into account the latest public health risk assessment, the Government will maintain existing requirements and restrictions applicable to catering business premises and scheduled premises.   Unless exempted, the prohibition on group gatherings of more than two people in public places will continue during the seven-day period from January 21.   The requirement for wearing a mask at all times when on public transport and in all public places will also remain in effect.   The Government will soon gazette directions and specifications under three relevant regulations.   The Government also announced that it will restrict people who have stayed in Brazil or Ireland from boarding flights for Hong Kong as cases caused by the new virus variant with high transmissibility were found in the two countries recently.   Under the specifications that will take effect from midnight on January 23, all people who have stayed in Brazil or Ireland for more than two hours on the day of boarding or during the 21 days before that day will not be allowed to board for Hong Kong.
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