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Update on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Preventive Measures (29 October 2020)

29 Oct 2020

HSE Committee would like to update colleagues and students on the following:


Relaxation of Social Distancing Measures under Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance

After taking the assessment of the latest public health risk into account and having struck a balance with economic needs and the level of acceptance of the society, the Government has decided to continue relaxing the social distancing measures under the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance in a gradual and orderly manner. The measures will take effect at 0.00am on 30 October 2020 for a period of seven days till 5 November 2020.

  • Catering business and scheduled premises: Starting from this Friday (30 October), the dine-in hours of catering business premises (including bars and pubs) will be extended to end at 1.59 a.m., the number of persons that may be seated together at one table will be increased from four to six for catering business premises (except bars or pubs) and from two to four for bars or pubs and clubs or nightclubs. 
  • Group gatherings: the prohibition on group gatherings of more than four persons in public places will remain valid.
  • Mask-wearing requirement: The mandatory mask-wearing requirement under Cap. 599I will remain valid.


For details, please refer to the press release:

Specified Conditions Imposed on Inbound Travellers

Under Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation (Cap.599H), an inbound traveller who, on the day on which the traveller boarded a civil aviation aircraft that arrives at, or is about to arrive at Hong Kong (specified aircraft), or during the 14 days before that day, has stayed in any specified place Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and Belgium (with effect from 3 November 2020) must provide the relevant documents and undergo mandatory quarantine at the listed hotels. For details including the latest conditions and the listed hotels, please visit the website:


Seasonal Influenza Vaccination

Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reminded the public that influenza viruses and the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 will possibly both spread in the coming winter influenza season. A person getting influenza and COVID-19 at the same time may be more seriously ill. Getting an influenza vaccine during 2020/21 is important. For details, please refer to the press release:


Event Management

It is understood that various stakeholders might wish to organize events on campus, which can be a challenge to proper social distancing. To reduce the risk of the spread of the virus, event organizers should assess the risk of hosting such events, including the nature and scale of the events, and alternative ways/formats of hosting the events instead of group gathering. It is strongly advised that group gatherings should be avoided and any events involving catering should NOT be conducted.


If the event should be arranged, event organizers must observe the current government policy on social distancing and health advice issued by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) and our University. If meal should be offered to participants without other alternatives, please provide pre-packaged boxes or bags for all participants whenever possible; buffet or family-style meal is not recommended. Event organizers should remind participants not to have face-to-face communication with each other when having meal without wearing a mask. Meal sharing should be prohibited.  


Event organizers should keep the contact list of all attendees, including staff members, to facilitate contact tracing by the authorities in case any suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified.


Resources Corner

For information on COVID-19, please refer to the following links:

  1. Webpage of Health, Safety and Environment Committee
  2. HKSAR’s Thematic webpage on COVID-19 at:
  3. Webpage on Mental Health Infostation at the following link:


If you are being suspected or confirmed infected or under mandatory quarantine, please notify your department / office or any of the following teams:



Thank you for your kind attention.


Best Regards,
Weixin Shang

Chairman, Health, Safety and Environment Committee