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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

Rent concession period extended

The Housing Authority's Commercial Properties Committee today approved an extension of the 75% rent concession for eligible non-domestic tenants or licensees for another six months from October 1.   The move ties in with the Government's latest relief measures to sustain the support for businesses and individual sectors as announced by Financial Secretary on August 25.   During this rent concession period, the eligible non-domestic tenants or licensees may continue to apply for concession in full for the days during which their operations at the premises concerned have to be closed under the Government’s anti-epidemic regulations and directions.   To ensure prudent use of resources, the committee decided that supermarkets and superstores would be subject to tenants' application and proof of sales drop in this round of rent concession.   If the tenants of supermarkets or superstores suffer a sales drop during the extended rent concession period compared to that of the same period in the preceding year, concession at the same percentage will be provided to them upon application and production of sales drop proof, capped at 75%.   Eligible tenants or licensees of about 2,500 retail and some 3,300 factory premises, about 70 advertising signboards, around 40 tenancies of bus kiosks and about 4,200 carpark users will benefit from this round of rent concession.   The rent the Housing Authority has foregone for this round of extension is estimated to be around $660 million, while the total rent foregone by it from October 2019 to March 2022 is around $ 2.946 billion.
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