Government finishes exercise on "restriction-testing declaration" in respect of specified "restricted area" in Tsim Sha Tsui and enforcement operation for breaches of compulsory testing notice (with photo)
In this exercise, the Home Affairs Department (HAD) and the Yau Tsim Mong District Office and Sham Shui Po District Office of it, the Hong Kong Police Force, the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health, and the Auxiliary Medical Service mobilised around 310 staff to arrange for implementation of the declaration and enforcement actions for breaches of the compulsory testing notice issued earlier.
The Government provided simple food for persons subject to compulsory testing, including canned food, cup noodles, soup packs, corn kernels, soy milk and bottled water, so as to facilitate the dinner arrangements of some persons subject to compulsory testing. One box of masks, bleach, hand sanitiser, etc, were also provided to persons subject to compulsory testing to help them fight against the virus.
The HAD also set up hotlines for people restricted by the declaration to make enquiries and seek assistance.
The Government thanks persons subject to compulsory testing for their support and understanding. With everyone's co-operation and efforts, coupled with the tireless efforts of the testing contractors, residents have been informed about their testing results by SMS notification. After finishing the compulsory testing exercise at around 7am today, the Government took enforcement actions in the "restricted area" immediately to verify that all people in the "restricted area" had undergone testing according to the requirements of the declaration and the compulsory testing notice. Persons who could present an SMS notification containing a negative testing result or wore a wristband as proof of having undergone the compulsory testing could leave the "restricted area" through the designated exit after providing personal information to a prescribed officer. The enforcement operation was completed at around 11.30am. Around ten persons were found not having undergone compulsory testing. A compulsory testing order was issued to them. Taking into account the above situation, the Secretary for Food and Health revoked the "restriction-testing declaration" in accordance with Cap. 599J (see attachment).
The Government assigned staff to visit the 260 households/rooms (including around 100 rooms in guesthouses) who did not answer the door yesterday again. After initial investigation, it is believed that around 25 households/rooms (including around 22 rooms in guesthouses) of them are vacant units. Moreover, residents of around 53 households/rooms (including around 22 rooms in guesthouses) answered the door today and were able to prove that they have undergone compulsory testing. The Government hopes those residents who have not answered the door will contact the Government for arrangement of testing as soon as possible after they read the notices put up by the Government, in the hope of eliminating the possible risk of further spread of the virus in the community.
The Government hopes this temporary inconvenience will completely cut the local transmission chains and ease residents' worries and fear, so that they will regain confidence in resuming social and business activities in the area, and return to a normal life.
The Government thanks all participating government staff and the testing agencies for their hard work. The Government is also grateful to those subject to compulsory testing for their support and understanding, and their full co-operation during this period in undergoing testing and waiting for the results at home.
The Government as a whole is united in fighting against the virus despite all the difficulties, and provided testing for all the residents in the district within a short period of time in the hope of achieving zero cases in the district.
The Government will seriously follow up on the compliance situation of the compulsory testing notices and the "restriction-testing declaration" by persons subject to compulsory testing. Any person who fails to comply with the compulsory testing notices commits an offence and may be liable to a fixed penalty of $5,000. The person will also be issued with a compulsory testing order, requiring him or her to undergo testing within a specified time frame. Failure to comply with the order or the "restriction-testing declaration" is an offence and the offender may be liable to a fine of level 4 ($25,000) and imprisonment for six months.
Ends/Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Issued at HKT 12:58
Issued at HKT 12:58