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Special work arrangements for government employees to be extended
     As the local epidemic situation remains severe, it is necessary for the Government to continue to take measures to significantly reduce the flow of people and social contact in order to stop COVID-19 from further spreading in the community. A spokesman for the Government announced today (December 21) that the special work arrangements for government employees will be extended until January 6, 2021. Save for those involved in the provision of emergency services and essential public services, all other government employees will be arranged to continue to work from home. The Government will closely monitor the epidemic situation and review the arrangements before January 6.

     The spokesman said that government departments would continue to provide emergency services and essential public services. Individual departments will announce the latest arrangements of their services separately.

     The Government appeals to members of the public for their understanding on the inconvenience caused by the reduction in public services in view of the epidemic. Where necessary, members of the public are encouraged to use alternative means, such as the post, drop-in boxes or online channels, to receive the services they need. Meanwhile, members of the public should wear surgical masks at all times when they are entering or are present in any government buildings or offices, and comply with the infection control measures implemented by relevant departments including temperature checks and crowd control arrangements.

     The spokesman appealed to employers to allow their staff members to work from home as far as possible according to their operational needs so as to reduce the flow of people and social contact in the community.
Ends/Monday, December 21, 2020
Issued at HKT 16:00
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