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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 rules kept

The Government today announced that social distancing measures currently in place will be extended until June 23.   The requirements and restrictions applicable to catering businesses and scheduled premises, as well as the requirements for group gatherings and mask wearing will be maintained.   Noting that local cases with the N501Y mutant strain have been recorded recently and the source of infection has yet to be identified, the Food & Health Bureau said it is not appropriate to relax social distancing measures at the moment.   The bureau added that in the face of the challenges posed by mutant strains, there is a pressing need to get vaccinated.   Taking into account the epidemic development, the Government will continue to adjust social distancing measures under the vaccine bubble principle.   In addition to the protection received, people who have completed the vaccination course would also be subject to more lenient requirements under the various social distancing measures.
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