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FEHD continues to enhance anti-epidemic measures and cleaning and disinfection in markets
     The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) today (August 8) said as the epidemic situation remains severe, to safeguard the health and safety of market stall tenants and the public, the FEHD will continue to progressively arrange deep cleaning and disinfection for public markets as a precautionary measure.

     A spokesman for the FEHD said, "With the full support of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD), eight markets with high patronage rate (including Ngau Chi Wan Market, Ngau Tau Kok Market, Hung Hom Market, Pei Ho Street Market, Tai Shing Street Market, Tai Kok Tsui Market, Wan Chai Market and Tai Po Hui Market) have installed of the body temperature checking system. To further enhance the anti-epidemic measures, we will progressively install body temperature checking system in other markets with high patronage rate and has arranged for checking of body temperature of market patrons by FEHD staff using hand-held thermometers in some markets so as to enhance the effectiveness of epidemic prevention."

     The spokesman said, "In addition, the FEHD is liaising with the EMSD to improve the air ventilation in some markets, and purchase standalone air coolers for some markets as soon as possible in regard to circumstances on the ground."

     To further enhance the cleaning and disinfection work in its markets, following the previous arrangement for some 30 markets to close an hour earlier for additional deep cleaning and disinfection in the past three weeks, the FEHD will arrange for the following 12 public markets on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon and the New Territories to be closed an hour earlier at 7pm for deep cleaning and disinfection in the coming few days as a precautionary measure:

August 9 (Sunday)
Sheung Wan Market
Lockhart Road Market
Java Road Market
Wing Fong Street Market

August 10 (Monday)
Causeway Bay Market
Yue Kwong Road Market
Electric Road Market
Yan Oi Market

August 11 (Tuesday)
Tin Wan Market
Cheung Chau Market
Kwun Chung Market
Sham Tseng Temporary Market

     During the period, the FEHD staff will thoroughly clean and disinfect communal areas and facilities in the markets, and call for co-operation of market tenants to conduct cleaning and disinfection at their respective stalls, with a view to improving the overall hygiene condition of the markets. In addition, the FEHD will carry out deep cleaning work on the periphery of the markets and nearby streets. The cleaning and disinfection work is expected to last about four hours.

     The spokesman said that the FEHD has attached importance to the hygienic condition of public markets. In addition to regular cleaning work in the daytime, market service contractors also conduct thorough cleaning in all markets after the markets are closed every day. During the epidemic, the FEHD has already stepped up cleaning and disinfection of communal areas and facilities in the markets, including toilets, escalators, elevators and stair handrails, with diluted household bleach regularly every day. Disinfectant hand sanitisers are also placed at market areas for public use.

     In addition, the FEHD earlier issued advisory letters to its market tenants reminding them and their staff to wear face masks in markets and perform hand hygiene frequently, and has subsequently distributed face masks and disinfectant hand sanitisers to market tenants. Disinfectant hand sanitisers are also placed at communal parts such as vicinities of lift lobbies, escalators and public scales for use by market patrons so as to safeguard the health and safety of tenants and the public.

     The FEHD will closely monitor the situation of its markets and conduct enhanced cleaning and disinfection work as a precautionary measure when necessary so as to maintain environmental hygiene and safeguard the health and safety of tenants and the public.
Ends/Saturday, August 8, 2020
Issued at HKT 11:00
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