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Temporary Unemployment Relief

Update (13.4.2022): The application period has ended. Please visit this website to check your application results. The Government has launched the Temporary Unemployment Relief (“the Scheme”) under the sixth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund to provide assistance for people who have lost their jobs due to the fifth wave of the epidemic and to reduce their financial stress before they find another job, benefitting the following persons – (1) who were rendered unemployed since the fifth wave of the epidemic started in late December 2021; and (2) who have been requested not to work temporarily by the employers as the premises in which they work have been restricted under social distancing measures. Such premises include: scheduled premises regulated under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F) that have suspended operation for the time being catering premises whose operations have either been suspended or restricted   Full-time and part-time employees as well as self-employed persons may apply. A one-off subsidy of $10,000 will be granted to each eligible applicant under the Scheme. The application period of the Scheme will last for three weeks from 23 March at 8:00 am to 12 April at 11:59 pm. For details on eligibility and definition or calculation of employment income, please refer to the official website of the Scheme. The following are demonstration videos for online application: For applicants with income recorded under MPF schemes   For applicants without MPF schemes Source:Website of Temporary Unemployment Relief Scheme

Know more about the "Vaccine Pass"!

The "Vaccine Pass" has taken effect from 24 February onward. To use the "Vaccine Pass", we should update the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile app to the latest version and store our vaccination record or medical exemption certificates in it.  Venue operators should use the latest version of the "QR Code Verification Scanner" mobile app. What else should we pay attention to? Let's refer to the leaflets for details:   In addition to the leaflets, the Innovation and Technology Bureau (now retitled Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau) has also produced demo videos on the "Vaccine Pass". Watch now and know more! For Public For Venue Operators In the latest version of the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile application, members of the public may store the electronic vaccination record, Medical Exemption Certificate and recovery record QR code at the same time and preset one of them as the default Vaccine Pass. Please refer to the "Vaccine Pass" thematic website and below videos for more details: Storage of Electronic Vaccination Record Storage of Recovery Record QR Code Source: Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau Facebook Fanpage

Latest arrangements on LCSD leisure venues and sports facilities (Updated on 4/5/2022)

In view of the relaxation of some social distancing measures announced by the Government, some leisure venues are reopened from April 21 (Thursday), and more venues reopened gradually by phases from May 5 (Thursday). Beaches and swimming pools to be reopenedThe gazetted beaches reopened on May 5, while the lifeguard services are provided at 15 gazetted beaches. All water sports centres also reopened from May 5. Please click here for details of the beaches concerned. Lifeguard services are provided daily at the 15 gazetted beaches from 9am to 6pm. Apart from the 15 gazetted beaches mentioned above, lifeguard services at other beaches remain suspended. The public should not swim at the beaches without lifeguard services to prevent accidents. To ensure the cleanliness and hygiene of the water quality of its swimming pools and swimmers' safety, the LCSD is conducting the process of filtration and sterilisation and collecting water samples for testing. 38 public swimming pools will reopen gradually from May 12 to 16. Please click here for details of the reopening arrangement. Public are not required to wear mask when doing exerciseStarting from May 5, public are not required to wear mask when doing exercise at the LCSD's outdoor sports premises. In view of the second phase of relaxation of social distancing, the public is not required to wear mask when doing exercise within any indoor sports premises starting from May 19.Leisure venues and facilities to be reopenedFacilities to be reopened include indoor sports facilities such as sports centres (including children's play rooms), squash centres/stand-alone squash centres, table tennis centres, badminton centres, the Hong Kong Velodrome and the sports facilities of the Queen Elizabeth Stadium and outdoor sports facilities (including sports grounds, tennis courts, bowling greens, soccer pitches, hockey grounds, archery ranges, sports climbing facilities, golf driving ranges, basketball courts, volleyball courts, handball courts, netball courts, cricket grounds, baseball courts, rugby pitches, badminton courts, table tennis tables, roller hockey grounds, roller skating rinks, gateball courts, Shek O Obstacle Golf Course, cycling facilities, skateparks, skateboard grounds and the facilities of the Tuen Mun Recreation and Sports Centre). Other outdoor leisure facilities including model car play areas, model boat pools, boating parks, outdoor children's play facilities, fitness equipment, road safety towns, chess tables, pebble walking trails, amphitheatres (only for individual leisure use only) and wedding venues are reopened on the same day.Booking Service of Leisure LinkMembers of the public can book the above fee-charging facilities to be reopened via the Internet Booking Service of Leisure Link from April 16 (Saturday). The Booking Office of the District Leisure Services Offices (DLSOs) resumes operation from April 19 (Tuesday). Counter bookings and self-service kiosks at the above venues to be reopened resume operation on the same day of reopening (April 21). Regarding the booking of leisure facilities, the LCSD will adjust the quota of individual booking from a maximum of four hours play per day to a maximum of two hours play per day during non-peak hours for the same type of facility at individual venues. The quota of individual bookings per day during peak hours remains the same (a maximum of two hours play per day for the same type of facility). Moreover, the standby arrangement for non-fee charging land recreation and sports facilities also resume from May 20.On the other hand, applications from schools or organisations for use of amphitheatres and leisure venues for non-designated use/sales activities, and application from schools or organisations for road safety towns continue to be suspended until further notice. Refund arrangementsFor refund arrangements in relation to venue closures, the hirer may submit a completed refund application form together with the original booking permit to the DLSOs of the LCSD in person or by post, or to relevant leisure venues by post (the public can submit the application in person to relevant venues after the reopening), or make use of drop-in boxes located at the DLSOs. The refund application form can be downloaded from the LCSD website. Due to the closure of fee-charging facilities in relation to the situation of COVID-19, the number of refund cases will increase tremendously. The LCSD has adopted measures to handle these refund cases as soon as possible but a prolonged processing time for refunds is expected. Members of the public are advised to note the longer time required for refunds. The department apologises for any inconvenience caused.Take note of social distancingMembers of the public should take note of the latest requirements on mask wearing and the maximum number of players in related sports facilities as stipulated in the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F). Each group of users must consist of no more than four persons. For team sports, the maximum number of players and referees to be allowed in each playing field/court at any time during competition or a training match should follow the rules and regulations of the respective sports competition. Special measuresVisitors to facilities of sports premises, public libraries, museums, performance venues and music centres will be subject to temperature checks and will need to use hand sanitiser before admission. They also need to wear their own masks. Enhanced cleaning and disinfection measures will be conducted at venues.The LCSD will pay close attention to the latest developments of the pandemic, as well as the requirements for scheduled premises as stipulated in the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F), and review or revise the above reopening arrangements in due course.  

Latest arrangements on cultural venues (Updated on 4/5/2022)

in view of the relaxation of some social distancing measures announced by the Government, some cultural venues are reopened from April 21 (Thursday), and more venues reopened gradually by phases from May 5 (Thursday).Public libraries and study rooms resume servicesAll public libraries resume services from April 21 and starting from May 19, the limit on the number of users in public libraries are suitably relaxed. Facilities to be reopened include the adult, young adult and children's libraries, the newspapers and periodicals areas, the Toy Library of Hong Kong Central Library and computer facilities. Students' study rooms are reopened on April 19 early with extended opening hours until May 31. All book drop services of public libraries and those located at MTR Central, Kowloon Tong and Nam Cheong Stations as well as the self-service library stations at Island East Sports Centre Sitting-out Area, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Tsuen Nam Road, Tai Wai, will maintain services. The counting of overdue fines shall resume from May 5. Please visit the website of Hong Kong Public Libraries for details. Museums are reopenedAll museums (except the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence and the Sheung Yiu Folk Museum) are reopened on April 21. And starting from May 19, the limit on the number of users in museums are suitably relaxed. Public programmes will resume gradually. For public programmes to be held at museums, including the screeniing programmes of the Hong Kong Film Archive, the limit on the number of audiences/users and other arrangements are increased from 50 to 85 per cent of the original.Performance venues are reopenedAll performance venues (except for Tai Po Civic Centre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre and Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre) are reopened for performances or activities with live audiences from April 21 with special seating arrangements. The limit on the number of audiences/users in each facility of LCSD performance venues are relaxed starting from May 19, with capacity to be increased from 50 to 85 per cent of the original. Consecutive seats will be limited to eight. For details, please refer to the notifications of individual venues. Performers who are unable to wear masks during rehearsal or performance must take a government-recognised reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction nucleic acid test for COVID-19 and obtain a negative test result within seven days before their first entry to the performance venues, and undergo a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 every day before entry into the premises. For activities to be held in minor facilities of the performance venues such as music/dance studios and lecture/function/conference rooms, the number of users are limited to half of the original capacity in most cases. For the number of users, the number of participants in each cluster and other details, please refer to the notifications of individual venues. Eating and drinking are not permitted inside the hiring facilities. All hiring activities open to the public at outdoor facilities remain suspended.    URBTIXURBTIX maintains Internet and mobile app ticketing and hotline services. URBTIX outlets and ticket dispensing machines at LCSD performance venues resume operation together with the reopened venues from April 21 onwards. Ticket holders of cancelled events are advised to contact the respective event organisers or check their latest announcements on refund arrangements. For events for which organisers choose to arrange refunds at URBTIX outlets, details will be announced on the URBTIX webpage in due course.Music centres resume counter servicesAll music centres of the Music Office resume counter services from April 21. All instrumental music training classes, musicianship classes, and some outreach music courses organised by the Music Office will resume face-to-face classes on the same day. In light of public health considerations, both Chinese and Western wind instrumental classes will continue to be conducted online until further notice.Special measuresIn order to comply with the requirements stipulated in the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F) and relevant requirements of administrative instructions, the LCSD will ensure necessary measures to be adopted at reopened venues. Users of sports premises, performance venues, museums and public libraries are required to scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" QR code before being allowed to enter for necessary contact tracing if a confirmed case is found. In accordance with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Vaccine Pass) Regulation (Cap. 599L) and relevant requirements of administrative instructions, all persons entering or remaining at sports premises or other indoor venues under the management of the LCSD must comply with the requirement of the Vaccine Pass. To expedite the process of admission, appeals are made to members of the public to download and install the "LeaveHomeSafe", "iAM Smart" or "eHealth" mobile app in advance and/or store the QR code of a COVID-19 vaccination record or COVID-19 vaccination medical exemption certificate in the app, or carry a paper copy of their COVID-19 vaccination record and/or COVID-19 vaccination medical exemption certificate printed with an encrypted QR code for scanning by the staff members of certain premises. Members of the public who opt for showing their COVID-19 vaccination record or exemption certificate printed without an encrypted QR code are reminded to arrive earlier to avoid delaying their visits as longer time is required for such registration.Visitors to facilities of sports premises, public libraries, museums, performance venues and music centres will be subject to temperature checks and will need to use hand sanitiser before admission. They also need to wear their own masks. Enhanced cleaning and disinfection measures will be conducted at venues.The LCSD will pay close attention to the latest developments of the pandemic, as well as the requirements for scheduled premises as stipulated in the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F), and review or revise the above reopening arrangements in due course.

Guardians amid the Epidemic: Consumer Services Inspectors in Water Supplies Department

The stability of water supply is more valued amid the epidemic. Consumer Services Inspectors of the Water Supplies Department will set off for site visits across the city and assist in solving water supply problems if needed. They safeguard the stability of our drinking water supply. Thank you, Consumer Services Inspectors! (The video is in Cantonese)

Guardians amid the Epidemic: Waterworks Chemists

Hygiene is the top priority in our fight against COVID-19. Thanks to the joint efforts of all the staff from the Water Supplies Department, water quality is ensured. In the midst of the epidemic, Waterworks Chemists have to keep their minds clear and be precise throughout the monitoring process. Let’s salute these guardians of our drinking water! (The video is in Cantonese)

Staff are reporting for duty to the new short-term positions

Under the Job Creation Scheme with its purview in connection with the Government’s Anti-epidemic Fund (AEF), a young beneficiary under the Scheme, currently working as an assistant engineer for a contractor engaged by the Drainage Services Department (DSD), will share with us her experience in job hunting and her involvement in the public works project.The Government continuing to create jobs and recruit staffTo relieve the worsening unemployment situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has set aside $6 billion under the AEF to create about 30 000 time-limited jobs in the public and private sectors in the coming two years. According to the SCS, Mr Patrick NIP, the Government has planned to provide 21 700 jobs, of which 13 700 will be created in different government departments. So far, 2 500 new colleagues have reported for duty. He says that in view of the pandemic, the Government will continue to create jobs and recruit staff. In order to stabilise the economy and create time-limited jobs, it is most important that we stand united, make concerted efforts and do our parts to win the fight against the pandemic as soon as possible.Promoting the creation of new short-term positions in private sectorThe DEVB and departments under its purview have created a total of more than 6 500 time-limited jobs, including government positions and those created through procurement of services from consultants or contractors under existing or new contractual arrangements. Miss LEUNG Wing-yiu, Yoyo, started to work as an assistant engineer for a works contractor in the end of May. Hers is a short-term position created in the non-government sector. She last worked for an airport development project but had to find a new job as the project was about to complete. She could not help worrying because many enterprises were laying off employees or cutting back on recruitment amid the pandemic. She feels very lucky and happy now that she can continue to work as an engineer, a job that she likes. Accumulating experience to enhance competitivenessMiss Yoyo LEUNG says that the contractor that has hired her is participating in the DSD’s expansion of Sha Tau Kok Sewage Treatment Works project, giving her an opportunity to learn about the operation and construction procedures of sewage works, such as how the Building Information Modelling technology can be used to enhance the accuracy of project planning, and the DSD’s work in flood prevention which comprises the innovative adoption of the Blue-Green Infrastructure (a modern stormwater management concept) to uplift Hong Kong’s flood resilience. These can help increase her knowledge in drainage infrastructure, which can in turn strengthen her competitiveness in the job market.Encouraging new colleagues to accept new challengesProject Manager of the contractor, Mr FAN Chun-wai, Raymond, welcomes Miss Yoyo LEUNG to their work team as she not only shares various tasks, but is also careful and meticulous especially in reading documents. Mr Raymond FAN hopes that she will embrace this job opportunity to take up new challenges and learn the process from design to construction. He believes the work experience thus gained will benefit her career development. Besides, the contractor has hired several frontline colleagues and workers under the Job Creation Scheme of the AEF, thereby providing job opportunities amid the current difficult economic conditions. Facilitating expansion of sewage treatment worksDSD’s Engineer, Mr LEUNG Ka-kay says the Department is pleased to have employed several young engineers through the contractor under the AEF to take part in the challenging project of expansion of sewage treatment works. The Expansion of Sha Tau Kok Sewage Treatment Works Phase 1 includes the construction of a temporary sewage treatment plant within 18 months followed by the in-situ reconstruction of a new sewage treatment plant to increase the treatment capacity by three times to 5 000 cubic metres per day.(The video is broadcasted in Cantonese) (The video is provided by Development Bureau)

HKFYG Online Tutoring Platform

Looking for some assistance to help with your homework? No worry, you can raise your questions to the tutors on the Free Online Tutoring Platform provided by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. The instant tutoring services, suitable for all Primary One to Secondary Three students, are supported by volunteers from enterprises, tertiary institutions and senior secondary schools. These tutors have answered more than 2,000 academic questions since the platform has been launched. The tutoring services are now available on Facebook Messenger and LINE, you can raise questions with just a few clicks! Online Tutoring Platforms:   Website:https://yvn.hkfyg.org.hk/study/ Facebook Messenger:http://m.me/VNET.HKFYG LINE:https://lin.ee/hsidDa2   Service Hours of the Online Tutoring Services (for Primary One to Secondary Three students): Monday-Friday: 4 P.M. to 10 P.M. Saturday: 12 noon to 6 P.M.

[#BackToSchool] Tips for Preventing COVID-19

The Education Bureau announced that schools will resume face-to-face lessons on a half-day basis in two phases starting from 23 September. You are going to return to the campus after months of online lessons as well as early commencement of the summer vacation. To fight this epidemic, together we must stay alert, maintain personal hygiene and wear masks at all times. When you meet your classmates and teachers, please bear in mind to maintain social-distancing to reduce the risk of the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the community. Tips for you and me to prevent COVID-19: - Don’t go to school and seek medical advice promptly if you are unwell - Avoid eating out or going out if it’s not necessary - Keep at least one metre apart from others - Avoid contact with people who show symptoms - Maintain social-distancing - Avoid taking off your face masks Take preventive measures when commuting: - Avoid rush hours and busy times - Wear a face mask when taking a ride, if possible, open the windows to ventilate the vehicle - Maintain social-distancing - Clean your hands with liquid soap and water or alcohol-based handrub after using public transport or touching public facilities For more health education materials related to prevention of COVID-19, please visit the website of the Centre for Health Protection. Stay vigilant!

Providing more short-term jobs for new colleagues to fill

The Government has launched the Job Creation Scheme under the Anti-epidemic Fund (AEF) to create around 30 000 time-limited jobs in the public and private sectors in the coming two years, thereby providing more job opportunities. Among others, new colleagues are reporting for duty in the Development Bureau (DEVB) and departments under its purview. Here we have two young people who have just joined the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD), Ms HO Tsz-yan, Katherine, and Mr CHAN Chun-wa, Andy, to share why they joined the Government and what they have experienced in the new positions.Creating more than 6 500 short-term jobsIn view of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Government aims to create more short-term jobs to boost the vibrancy of the job market. The DEVB and departments under its purview, such as the EMSD, Drainage Services Department, Civil Engineering and Development Department, Buildings Department and Water Supplies Department, have created a total of more than 6 500 short-term jobs including government positions and those created through procurement of services from consultants or contractors under existing or new contractual arrangements. The jobs cover different trades, skill sets and academic requirements, providing job opportunities for professionals, technicians, backend office staff and fresh graduates. About 3 500 people are expected to report for duty in succession by the end of September.Facing difficulties in finding jobs under the pandemicMs Katherine HO, now the Publicity Officer of the EMSD, was previously an assistant manager in a small and medium enterprise, where she was laid off due to the pandemic. During her unemployment, she sent out about 300 cover letters but received very few replies. She says that, under the influence of the pandemic and the general economic environment, many companies are reluctant to spend money on employing additional staff, making it more difficult for the unemployed to find jobs. She is pleased to have been appointed to the new government position under the AEF. Mr Andy CHAN, who is a fresh graduate this year, shares the same view. He says many companies have stopped recruiting people, and are even laying off employees or imposing wage freezes, so he feels very fortunate to have landed this job as the Publicity Assistant for the EMSD in less than a month after graduation. Thoughtful guidance from supervisors and colleaguesMs Katherine HO studied Leisure Management in university. Currently, she mainly assists her colleagues to handle clerical work and organise workshop. The workshop aims at setting short- term and long-term goals for the EMSD to provide better services for the public. As it is not suitable to have face-to-face meetings due to the pandemic, she is exploring with colleagues the feasibility for the workshop to be held as usual in the format of on-line meetings. Ms Katherine HO says that, without previous related work experience, she was anxious when she first started her job in the engineering/electrical and mechanical field which was thought to be male-dominated. Thanks to the thoughtful guidance from her supervisors and colleagues, she has adapted to her new job quickly.Giving full play to his language abilitiesAs a fresh graduate from the School of English of the University of Hong Kong, Mr Andy CHAN now mainly takes part in editing a handbook on the regulation of railway safety. Presenting the services and operation of the Railways Branch of the EMSD, the handbook enables the public and the trade to have a deeper understanding of the department’s work in monitoring railway safety. As told by Mr Andy CHAN, when he first took up the job, he was worried that his inadequate knowledge of engineering and related technical jargon would affect his performance. However, he later found out that he could make use of his language skills to present the terminologies of engineering in a manner that is both in-depth and easy to comprehend, which would help to improve efficiency at work.Encouraging colleagues to grasp every opportunity to learnEngineer of the EMSD, Mr CHOW Kirk, Peter, says he is glad that the AEF has made it possible for the department to recruit new colleagues to share its heavy workload. The department will do its best to give them every opportunity to understand more about its operation. Also, he hopes that the basic training they receive can become useful in forging their future career. In this difficult period when the pandemic is raging throughout the city, he hopes his new colleagues will not lose heart but will be brave to accept challenges and seek more learning opportunities to build a solid foundation for future development.(The video is broadcasted in Cantonese) (The video is provided by Development Bureau)

Boosts employment by increasing temporary jobs (Development Bureau)

The Chief Executive has announced earlier a series of measures on job retention, job creation and job advancement under the Anti-epidemic Fund. It is suggested to create around 30000 time-limited jobs in the public and private sectors in the coming two years to reduce unemployment, the situation of which has been worsened owing to the COVID-19 epidemic. The Development Bureau and departments under it are taking proactive actions to facilitate and implement these measures by providing about 4700 temporary jobs of a wide variety in the times to come. Provide 4700 temporary jobs These temporary jobs cover various areas and people with different skills and academic qualifications, including professionals and technical and back-office support officers, will be eligible. Fresh graduates can also apply for internship programmes on building surveying, urban planning, estate surveying, land surveying and engineering, etc. Of the 4700 new job openings, more than 530 are provided by the government while 4100 and more are openings from private organisations. Some of the job openings will be in place in three months progressively. Digitailise the E&M assets Among these openings, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department plans to recruit 1200 temporary staff with service terms of up to 18 months. Half of the employees will be responsible for cleaning electrical and mechanical (E&M) systems at several thousand governmental buildings, while the other half will assist in the digitalization of E&M assets. Inspect drainage pipes Besides, the Buildings Department will appoint consultancy firms to inspect drainage pipes at the external walls of over 20000 targeted private domestic and composite buildings in Hong Kong. The appointed firms will have to recruit extra manpower and hence are expected to create more than 400 job openings. Improve buildings safety The Buildings Department will also recruit 120 short-term staff whose job duties include: speeding up the processing of drainage repair order yet to be complied with and cases of misconnection of drainage; organising public educational and promotional activities, etc. Amid the COVID-19 epidemic, the government aims to add momentum to the labour market by increasing short-term job openings for people from all walks of life, from professionals, technical and supporting officers to fresh graduates. (The video is narrated in Cantonese) (The video is provided by the Development Bureau)

Overview of the Distance Business Programme

Programme Overview Remote working or service has become a new trend against the backdrop of the epidemic. Under the “Anti-Epidemic Fund”, the Innovation and Technology Commission has launched the “Distance Business (D-Biz) Programme” to provide funding support for enterprises to adopt IT solutions for developing distance business. In view of the overwhelming response from enterprises, the Government will allocate $1 billion for the Programme, in addition to the original $500 million, to benefit more enterprises. The Programme will provide an IT Service Providers Reference List to offer relevant market information for enterprises' reference. The Reference List with the first batch of service providers is available on the D-biz Programme website, and will be updated regularly thereafter. The Programme is open to enterprises for funding applications until 31 October 2020. In view of the present situation, the Programme may need to cease accepting applications earlier, taking into account the progress of funding approval and the amount approved. Such an arrangement would be announced about two weeks beforehand. Enterprises wishing to apply for the Programme's funding are advised to submit applications online as soon as possible. Details are available on the Programme's website (u.hkpc.org/dbiz). Funding Scope Under the Programme, for each IT solution and the relevant training expenses for the employees, the funding ceiling is $100,000. Each enterprise may receive total funding of up to $300,000 to undertake a project to be completed within 12 months. According to the enhancement measures for the Distance Business Programme introduced by the Government, the funding period for subscription-based IT solutions will be extended from six months to 12 months. This arrangement is also applicable to applications approved earlier. The Programme covers IT categories relating to distance business.  Please click here for more details on the funding scope. Funding Application and Eligibility All private enterprises (excluding publicly listed companies, statutory bodies and non-government organisations funded by the Government) with a valid Business Registration Certificate, ongoing business commenced before 1 January 2020 and with substantive business operation in the industry related to the project in the application at the time of application are eligible. The Programme is open for funding applications, interested enterprises can submit applications online. From 9am on August 31, enterprises may submit a second application in which the categories of the IT solutions must be different from the approved categories in the first application. They may submit a second application after they have replied to the Secretariat on the result of the first application. The assessment criteria of the Programme remain unchanged. Each enterprise may receive aggregate funding of up to $300,000. The restriction that related entities being regarded as one single entity are not allowed to submit applications will be lifted. Social enterprises with certifications issued by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service for the Distance Business Programme will also be eligible.

EMSD devoted to fighting the epidemic with joint efforts

Amid the COVID-19 epidemic, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) has actively participated in carrying out preventive work, particularly the sterilization of ambulances under the Fire Service Department.   Demonstrating a great team spirit, EMSD provides assistance to various departments to combat the virus using innovative technology. Examples include installation of thermal detection devices in different governmental venues, especially in places where people gather, for detection of fever, and stepping up of the cleaning and sterilization of air-conditioning systems. (The video is broadcasted in Cantonese)

Customs and Excise Department: We hear you, we stand by you

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues, many customs officers, with the support of their families, volunteer to take part in conducting preventive measures. The volunteers, who are assigned to work in a three-shift roster in 24 hours, are responsible for registration, distributing resources and providing care to people under quarantine.As the volunteers say, while their experiences of serving tourists at the boarders can be applied at the quarantine centres, they can also be a listener of the quarantined. Every member of the team is proudly contributing to fighting against the virus. (The video is broadcasted in Cantonese)

【Stronger Together HK - Cheung Ho-ching, Civil Aid Service】

Pulled down to the depths of the valley, one would ask ‘What’s next?’ Ask the Civil Aid Service’s Cheung Ho-ching and he would tell you, “we will bounce right back, as long as the people of Hong Kong stick together”. CAS is an auxiliary emergency service. Cheung himself is a volunteer working at the Jao Tsung-I Academy quarantine centre, helping the Duty Officer with the centre’s daily operations. Cheung told us that all the volunteers there, while mindful, are not bogged down by fears of infection. The volunteers just want to contribute, play a part and do a little something to help. Forever an optimist, Cheung is not overly bothered about the adverse impact of the epidemic. Rather, he is heartened by the selflessness and compassion of Hong Kong people during such trying times. Unsolicited, many go out of their way to co-ordinate donations, distribute and hand out face masks, hand sanitisers...  He can’t help being impressed. Our hats off to our volunteers! Our thanks to each of you who join us in the fight against the virus!  

【Stronger Together HK - Chan Lok-sum, Country Parks Ranger】

Yes, we may now be down at the bottom of the valley. However, if we slowly make our ascent, one step at a time, we can reach the peak. And from up there, we will re-discover Hong Kong, in all its glory and splendour.According to Country Parks Ranger Chan Lok-sum, there has been a considerable jump in the number of hikers recently, all in search of more space and fresh air. Many however left behind them litter like used tissues and face masks. Ms Chan would love to see fewer litter bugs, if only hikers were more conscientious when disposing their own litter.Probably due to the SARS experience, people in Hong Kong are very disciplined in maintaining personal hygiene. Wearing masks is a norm, so is sharing hygiene essentials with friends in need. Such mutual help and care make Hong Kong a beautiful place to live in.  

【Stronger Together HK - Postman Lee Wah】

Hey Mr Postman, how's your day? And how has work been lately?As soon as the epidemic broke out, overseas postal packages started flooding in. Many of them are top of our “most wanted” list — face masks and sanitation products.Our postmen may not be in the war trenches so to speak, but delivering these packages is nonetheless a matter of great urgency too. To ensure their timely delivery to the right hands, many postmen volunteer to stay behind after work to make this happen.Yes, whoever we are, everyone has a role to play and every role is equally important. Credit is not what we are looking for. We are looking for the smile behind every mask. As Postman Lee Wah said, "If everyone does his or her part, the pandemic will be over in no time.” Let’s thank all colleagues who stand by their posts and give their best to overcome this challenge, as well as all of you who help by maintaining social distance.  

【Stronger Together HK - Senior Immigration Officer Mickie Choi】

As the first rescue team member to arrive in Japan, Senior Immigration Officer, Mickie Choi, never for once claimed to be selfless. He, in a matter-of-fact way, described his work in Yokohama as a duty. “Someone has to take this up. Once I was assigned to it, I had got to give my very best and accomplish the mission,” said he.Mickie arrived in Yokohama on February 4. Series of negotiations and preparations followed. When he eventually welcomed ashore the passengers, Choi could not help getting a little emotional. Mission accomplished, yes, but not without concerns. Upon returning home, he had to confine himself temporarily to the living room couch. He, however, hastened to add: “What I did was nothing compared to the selfless dedication of our frontline health workers. I would in fact like to take this opportunity to thank every one of them. I also wish for Hong Kongers to come together; that all can play a part, however small, to overcome this challenge.”We are thankful to those who have helped bring home our residents, to those fighting this pandemic, and to those maintaining social distance!  

【Stronger Together HK - Dr Chan Po-ling】

It has not been easy holding the first line of defence. Hats off to health workers who are engaged in combat, on the firing line, day after day.In seeking to protect patients and themselves at the same time, Dr. Chan Po Ling felt that coping with mental pressures was the most difficult part.While taking off her white coat after work each time, Dr. Chan would ask herself “Should I head home tonight?"“Would being home affect my loved ones?”“Should I rather stay in a hotel or hostel until the pandemic is over?” After all, the well-being of the family is on top of everyone’s mind.Indeed, medical workers are not lone soldiers in the battle. Look at the supporting staff, helpers, and cleaning ladies. They are all in this together. Nobody has the crowning glory. It is shared by each and everyone who is making a contribution to the fight against the coronavirus, one way or the other.Our appreciation goes to all medical workers and supporting staff, not to mention contributors from other sectors, including citizens who chip in by maintaining social distancing – every metre helps!  

【Stronger Together HK - Ambulanceman Siu Man-chun】

As an ambulanceman, duty beckons to serve patients with all sorts of injuries and illnesses. Ambulanceman Siu Man-chun is always prepared for the worst.But then, never mind how well prepared one may be, working mostly on the frontline has its concerns.  Siu says he is often bothered by fears of infection, and worse still, transmitting it to family and friends. Worries are there, always.Nonetheless, Siu is fully committed to serving Hong Kong, the home to which he belongs and to which he owes his allegiance.Our appreciation goes to all medical workers and supporting staff, not forgetting contributors from other sectors, including citizens who chip in by maintaining social distancing.  

One-stop online resources recommended by LCSD

During the fight against COVID-19, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has launched a "Edutainment Channel" to enrich the lives of the public during this period regardless of whether venues are open or closed. The public can now view or participate in multi-faceted leisure and cultural activities that suit all ages from the comfort of their homes. SportsAppeal and Demonstration by Sports StarsHealthy Exercise for All Campaign - Interactive GameParent-child ActivitiesExercise in the WorkplaceSimple Circuit TrainingEasy Aerobic DanceRope Skipping for Fun MuseumsHong Kong Museum of Art on Google Arts & Culture ProjectHong Kong Heritage Museum on Google Arts & Culture ProjectHong Kong Museum of Art “Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint - Animations”ICH-OnlineOi! - One minute of VoidOi! - Workout WednesdayRadio Television Hong Kong Journey through the Museums Librariese-Content Highlights: Healthy LivingChildren Picture and Story BooksHong Kong MemoryElderly (Content In Chinese only) MusicHong Kong Chinese Orchestra "Together, We Fight the Virus"Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra "Synergizing Hong Kong with Heartening Sound of the Drums"Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra Next Station Moon by Ng King-panHK Phil — Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 conducted by Jaap van ZwedenHK Phil Europe Tour 2015, Vienna - Musikverein Wien (Full Length)Musicus Fest 2019 — Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Cello in B-flat by Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra with Noah Bendix-Balgley (Violin) and Trey Lee (Cello)Premiere Performances of Hong Kong "Beare’s Premiere Music Festival" — Mendelssohn OctetWindpipe Chinese Music Ensemble — Huqin Ensemble: Pacing Horses in the Countryside in Spring TheatreHKRep [Facebook Performace Rewind]World Cultures Festival 2019: Ibsen’s Ghosts: A Play-reading and interactive commentary event by theatre du pif* DanceR&T (Rhythm & Tempo) Tap Dance Lession (1)* Multi-ArtsWorld Cultures Festival 2019 Special outdoor programme: Nobody but a princess… by phase7 performing.artsInteractive Lighting Installation - Magic Behind the Moon by Hung Keung in celebration of 2019 Mid-autumn FestivalCircular Reflection by Hung Keung and Alex Cheung in celebration of opening of the Salisbury Garden Family EntertainmentInternational Arts Carnival 2019: The Nightingale by The Only Stage*BE KIDS Bi Li Ba La Fun Time (1)*Jumbo Kids Theatre's Classroom (1)* *In Cantonese (For more details, please visit LCSD "Edutainment Channel")

COVID-19 Q&A with Young People (Chinese Only)

While this story is only available in Chinese, Episode 4 of the COVID-19 Q&A with Young People provides anti-epidemic tips in English, please click here to view the video on Facebook.

e-Book Highlights: Go Green: Fight Virus

Vegetarianism refers to meat-free dishes and adoption of the plant-based foods as the daily diet for vegetarians including vegans, lacto-vegetarian, ovo-vegetarian and lacto-ovo-vegetarians. With the growing awareness towards environmental protection and health, the refined and nutritious vegetarian dishes have become popular.Let us go through below recommended Chinese and English e-books for making simple, healthy and nutritious vegetarian dishes with natural and fresh food recipes.   《Vegan for everybody : Foolproof plant-based recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in-between》 Introduction:Avoid the pitfalls of bland food, lack of variety, and overprocessed ingredients with approachable, fresh, vibrant recipes. Can vegan cooking be flavorful? Satisfying? Easy to make? Through rigorous testing on the science of vegan cooking, America's Test Kitchen addresses these questions head-on, finding great-tasting and filling vegan protein options, cooking without dairy, preparing different whole grains and vegetables, and even baking. With more than 200 rigorously-tested vibrant recipes, this cookbook has something satisfying for everyone--the committed vegan or simply those looking to freshen up their cooking. With more than 200 rigorously-tested vibrant recipes, this cookbook has something satisfying for everyone--the committed vegan or simply those looking to freshen up their cooking. Author: America's Test KitchenPublisher: America's Test Kitchen. 2017Source:eBooks on EBSCOhost*For details, please visit the e-Book Highlights of Hong Kong Public Libraries (The information is provided by Hong Kong Public Libraries) (Back to top) 《Vegans save the world : Plant-based recipes and inspired ideas for every Week of the Year》 Introduction:Now, tens of thousands of people have put down their knives in favor of a vegan or vegetarian diet for weight loss or to control blood pressure and cholesterol. Not-so-healthy carnivore to healthy clean eating vegan: Author Alice Mary Alvrez shares her journey from not-so-healthy carnivore to urban homesteader who turned her health around and contributes to a healthier planet as well. This utterly unique vegan cookbook offers over 100 easy-to-make vegan recipes and many basic woman eco-warrior and plant-powered cook recipes.. Author: Alvrez, AlicePublisher: Mango. 2017Source:eBooks on EBSCOhost*For details, please visit the e-Book Highlights of Hong Kong Public Libraries (The information is provided by Hong Kong Public Libraries) (Back to top) 《Vegan for everybody : Foolproof plant-based recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in-between》 Introduction:Healthy, Delicious Recipes with Plant Powered ProteinProtein is the macronutrient that's on the tip of everyone's tongue these days, but a protein-rich diet doesn't have to mean chowing down on giant bowls of beans or plates of egg whites—nor does it have to include meat, fish, or poultry. In this book, the Vegetarian Times editors set the protein story straight, showing you how to meet all your protein needs with delicious, satisfying, easy-to-prepare recipes that fit seamlessly into any lifestyle. Author: Chappell, Mary MargaretPublisher: Guilford, Connecticut : Globe Pequot Press. 2017Source:eBooks on EBSCOhost*For details, please visit the e-Book Highlights of Hong Kong Public Libraries (The information is provided by Hong Kong Public Libraries) (Back to top) 《自家製素食家常菜》 Introduction:(Please refer to the Chinese version) Author: 伍麗貞Publisher: 壹出版, 2015Source: HyRead電子書*For details, please visit the e-Book Highlights of Hong Kong Public Libraries (The information is provided by Hong Kong Public Libraries) (Back to top) 《素做幸福滋味. 2, 純素革命Vegvolution》 Introduction:(Please refer to the Chinese version) Author: 久久素食機構Publisher: 佳魁文化 2016Source: HyRead電子書*For details, please visit the e-Book Highlights of Hong Kong Public Libraries (The information is provided by Hong Kong Public Libraries) (Back to top) 《素做幸福滋味. 2, 純素革命Vegvolution》 Introduction:(Please refer to the Chinese version) Author: Elvis ChanPublisher: 紅出版(青森文化),2017Source: HyRead電子書*For details, please visit the e-Book Highlights of Hong Kong Public Libraries (The information is provided by Hong Kong Public Libraries) (Back to top)

City 2020 Anti-Epidemic

The Education University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Physical Education Association would like to connect you with exercise to fight against the epidemic. Many Elite Athletes uploaded the videos on social media and showed us how to do exercise at home. Move up!Come and let more people be active to fight against the epidemic!(*Do 20 time aerobic exercise and 20 second stretching exercise. Please upload your video to your social media platform and tag 3 of your friends.)Wong Kam-po (Hong Kong Elite Athlete, Cycling) Kwok Ho-ting, Marco (Hong Kong Elite Athlete, Cycling) Sze Hang-yu, Rosanna (Hong Kong Swimming Team Members) Au Chun-ming, Leo (Hong Kong Elite Athlete, Squash) Lee Ka-man (Hong Kong Elite Athlete, Rowing) Xu Xin-ran (China Elite Athlete, National Tradition Games) Liu Guan-jun (China Elite Athlete, Rugby) Gao Yu-chi (China Elite Athlete, Martial Arts) Shek Wai-Jung (Hong Kong Elite Athlete, Gymnastic) Doo Hoi-kem (Hong Kong Elite Athlete, Table Tennis)

Secret of handwashing

Handwashing simply means getting your hands wet under tap water, doesn’t it? Well, yes and no. Handwashing can be a matter of profession when you take it seriously. Basically there are two ways of securing hand hygiene: one by liquid soap and water, and the other by alcohol-based hand-rub. With liquid soap and water It is advised to clean hands with liquid soap and water when hands are visibly dirty or visibly soiled with blood and body fluid, after using the toilet or changing the diapers. Steps:(i) Wet hands under running water.(ii) Apply liquid soap and rub hands together to make a soapy lather.(iii) Away from the running water, rub hands according to the 7 steps of hand hygiene technique for at least 20 seconds. Do not rinse off the soap while rubbing.(iv) Rinse hands thoroughly under running water.(v) Dry hands thoroughly with either a clean cotton towel or a paper towel.(vi) The cleaned hands should not touch the water tap directly again. For example: using a paper towel to wrap the faucet before turn it off. With alcohol-based handrub When hands are not visibly soiled, hand hygiene with 70-80% alcohol-based handrub is also an effective alternative. (Always check the expiry date before purchasing and using alcohol-based handrub.) Steps:(i) Apply a palmful of alcohol-based handrub to cover all surfaces of the hands. Rub hands according to the 7 steps of hand hygiene technique for at least 20 seconds until the hands are dry. There are three principles to note if you would like to be an expert of hand hygiene: Point 1:Rub hands with 7 stepsThat is the seven parts of your hand, i.e. Palms > Back of hands > Between fingers > Back of fingers > Thumbs > Finger tips > Wrists.Point 2:Rub hands at least 20 secondsPoint 3:Reminding Each Other to Keep Hands Clean Before you are ready to be a hand hygiene master, remember to always clean your hands in the following circumstances: (a) Before & after touching eyes, nose and mouth;(b) Before eating & preparing food;(c) After using the toilet;(d) When hands are contaminated by respiratory secretions, e.g. aftercoughing or sneezing;(e) After changing diapers or handling soiled items from children orthe sick;(f) After touching animals, poultry or their droppings;(g) After handling garbage;(h) After touching public installations or equipment, such as escalator handrails, elevator control panels or door knobs;(i) Before and after visiting hospitals, residential care homes or caring for the sick; and last but not least, "Any time you find your hands dirty."