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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

Flower points of sale close midnight

The 15 points of sale for New Year flowers will cease operation at midnight, the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department said today.   Members of the public buying New Year flowers must therefore leave by midnight.   Venue users should clear their sales paraphernalia as soon as possible after the end of operation hours. They should also remove the stall structures such as scaffolding and marquees, and arrange for vehicles to remove them from the venues by 7am tomorrow.   The department is strictly enforcing various anti-epidemic measures at all points of sale this year, and at the same time monitoring the admission to and exit from the points of sale and controlling footfall with the use of technology.   The measures aim to avoid the risk of mass gatherings and assist the public to enter the points of sale in an orderly manner.   The department said the footfall and waiting status of the 15 points of sale will continue to be displayed in a green, amber and red lights format on-site, on the department website and on the Transport Department's HKeMobility app.   A green light means there are few people inside the point of sale and that ticketing is not required, an amber light indicates an increase in footfall and that waiting is required, and a red light represents a large number of people awaiting admission and that a longer waiting time will be needed.   When the department activates a ticketing system, the public may get a ticket on-site or obtain an e-ticket through the mobile app that can be downloaded for free.   Visitors may enter the point of sale with a ticket within 60 minutes after the ticket number is called. Each ticket will cover no more than two people.   People are reminded to complete their transactions swiftly and leave the points of sale after buying flowers.   Visitors must undergo body temperature screening before entering the points of sale and those with symptoms will be refused entry.   They must also wear a mask when entering and within a point of sale. Eating, drinking and smoking are not permitted.   The venue QR code for the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app is displayed at the entrances and inside all points of sale for the public to scan and record their visits.   Call 2868 0000 for enquiries.
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