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Anti-epidemic meeting held

A meeting on the anti-epidemic work of the Mainland and Hong Kong was held today in Shenzhen.   It was hosted by Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Deputy Director Huang Liuquan.   Chief Secretary John Lee led Hong Kong Special Administrative Region representatives to attend the meeting and exchange strategies with Mainland representatives on preventing and fighting COVID-19 as well as study the resumption of quarantine-free travel between the Mainland and Hong Kong.   Mr Huang noted that the office organised the meeting as the central government attaches great importance to the request by Chief Executive Carrie Lam on the resumption of quarantine-free travel with the Mainland.   Mr Lee thanked the central government for its support and care towards the Hong Kong SAR's efforts in preventing and fighting the virus, and for offering vital assistance on many occasions.   He also expressed gratitude to the office for arranging the meeting within a short

Social distancing rules maintained

The Government today announced that it will maintain the social distancing measures currently in place for 14 days starting August 5.   The Food & Health Bureau noted that the Delta mutant strain ravaging the world has posed incredible challenges to local anti-epidemic efforts.   There is a need for Hong Kong to build up double barriers against COVID-19 by strengthening measures on preventing the importation of cases and enhancing the vaccination rate, the bureau noted.   The existing social distancing measures will be maintained for 14 days before significant progress can be achieved.   Meanwhile, taking into account the operational risk of catering businesses, especially the fact that customers do not wear a mask when consuming food or drinks within the premises, the Government will tighten the testing requirement for staff of catering businesses which adopt the Type B Mode of Operation within August.   The staff will be required to undergo more frequent testing, from the current requirement of testing once every 14 days to testing once every seven days.   Fully vaccinated staff will be regarded as having complied with the testing requirement.   Details will be announced in due course, the bureau added.
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