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Kai Tak site accident being probed

The Government expressed that it is highly concerned about an accident involving the collapse of a bamboo scaffold at a Kai Tak construction site today in which two workers were killed and three others injured.   A preliminarily investigation by the Buildings Department (BD) found that the scaffold, measuring about 15m by 8m, fell to the ground from the external wall on the 19th floor of a building under construction.   The BD said it will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the incident, including whether the scaffold, as temporary works, complied with the Buildings Ordinance and whether the registered contractor and any related persons have properly discharged their responsibilities.   It added that if anyone is found in contravention of the ordinance, it will take follow-up actions, including instigating prosecution and referring to the Contractors Disciplinary Board for disciplinary proceedings.   The Labour Department (LD) also launched an immed

Social distancing maintained

The Government today announced that it will maintain most of the social distancing measures currently in place for another 14 days starting tomorrow.   The existing catering business requirements and restrictions will be maintained during the specified period.   Except for bars or pubs which are subject to other requirements, all catering businesses must operate according to one operating mode among Types A, B, C and D Mode of Operation.   The existing requirements and restrictions applicable to bathhouses, party rooms, clubs or nightclubs, karaoke establishments and mahjong-tin kau premises will be maintained.   Meanwhile, the Government will refine the measures applicable to public skating rinks, cinemas, sports premises and swimming pools.   The current prohibition on group gatherings of more than four people in public places, as well as the mask-wearing requirement will continue.   The Government will gazette the directions and specifications under relevant regulations.
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