Requirements mandated by law or any official guidance.
- The HKSAR Gov, by virtue of its powers under section 8 of the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance (Cap.599), has announced public health emergency regulations including:
- The Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation (Cap.599C) and the Compulsory Quarantine of Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation (Cap.599E), which place a person who arrives at Hong Kong from a place (i) in China other than Hong Kong, or (ii) outside China, under quarantine for a period of 14 days beginning on the day of arrival if the person has stayed in a specified place on or 14 days before the day of arrival. Cap.599C and Cap.599E are currently set to expire at midnight on (i) 7 July 2020, and (ii) 18 September 2020, respectively.
- The Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirement and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap.599F), which enables specific directions to be set in relation to the catering business and other scheduled premises such as fitness centres and karaokes. As of June 19, catering premises are required to implement measures to promote social distancing by maintaining at least 1.5 metres between tables or by making other partition arrangements. A person must wear a mask except when consuming food or drink on the premises; body temperature screening of persons entering the premises shall be conducted and hand sanitizers must be provided. More restrictive social distancing controls apply to bars and pubs.
- The Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap.599G), which, as of June 19, save for stated exceptions, prohibits group gatherings with over 50 persons in public.
Measures typically implemented by employers and the associated legal risks, limitations, obligations and issues to consider.
Employers has a duty to, so far as reasonably practicable, ensure the safety and health at work for all employees. In Hong Kong, employers typically maintain social distancing policies (e.g. by having virtual meetings, work-from-home arrangements) and arrange disinfection procedures to take place regularly. In addition, if any employee is found to have developed fever or respiratory symptoms, employers may require such employees to stay home and report on whether they are infected.