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33 public swimming pools and 15 beaches reopened

Thirty-three public swimming pools will be reopened on May 21 (Thursday). The swimming pools to be reopenedHong Kong Island:Kennedy Town Swimming PoolChai Wan Swimming PoolIsland East Swimming PoolPao Yue Kong Swimming PoolMorrison Hill Swimming PoolVictoria Park Swimming PoolWan Chai Swimming Pool (only for group training purpose) Kowloon:Kowloon Tsai Swimming PoolTai Wan Shan Swimming PoolJordan Valley Swimming PoolKwun Tong Swimming PoolLai Chi Kok Park Swimming PoolLei Cheng Uk Swimming PoolSham Shui Po Park Swimming PoolTai Kok Tsui Swimming Pool New Territories:Tung Chung Swimming PoolKwai Shing Swimming PoolTsing Yi Swimming PoolTsing Yi Southwest Swimming PoolFanling Swimming PoolSai Kung Swimming PoolTseung Kwan O Swimming PoolHin Tin Swimming PoolMa On Shan Swimming PoolSha Tin Jockey Club Swimming PoolTai Po Swimming PoolShing Mun Valley Swimming PoolTsuen King Circuit Wu Chung Swimming PoolTuen Mun North West Swimming PoolTuen Mun Swimming PoolTin Shui Wai Swimming PoolYuen Long Swimming PoolPing Shan Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool For details of facilities in swimming pools to be reopened, please refer to notices displayed at the venues. The reopened swimming pools will be open from 6.30am to 10pm for three sessions daily with two breaks. Special measuresIn view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the LCSD will adopt special measures at public swimming pools to be reopened, which include: - Reopening some swimming pool facilities only such as main pools, secondary pools, training pools or  teaching pools;- Temporarily limiting the number of users in swimming pools to maintain distance among swimmers;- Distributing numbered tickets to people lining up when the numbers of users in swimming pools have reached the temporary maximum pool capacity, and reminding them to take note of the numbers shown on the queuing board in order to avoid people gathering;- Arranging body temperature screening for all people entering swimming pools. Those with symptoms such as fever or respiratory illness will not be allowed to enter the swimming pools;- Opening alternate shower cubicles and shower heads to ensure appropriate distance between users of shower facilities;- Prohibiting group gatherings of more than eight people in the swimming pools; and- Closing spectator stands at swimming pools temporarily. The public are also advised to wear their own masks before and after swimming, as well as when lining up to enter the swimming pools. Public Swimming Pool Monthly Tickets Public Swimming Pool Monthly Tickets will be available at designated booking offices of Public Swimming Pool Monthly Tickets and Leisure Link Booking Offices at the District Leisure Services Offices from May 20. The LCSD will expedite the processing of block booking applications in or after June when the public swimming pools have reopened. In addition, the 15 gazetted beaches will be reopened on May 23 (Saturday). The beaches to be reopenedHong Kong Island:Deep Water Bay BeachRepulse Bay BeachStanley Main BeachShek O Beach New Territories:Hung Shing Yeh BeachPui O BeachSilver Mine Bay BeachCheung Chau Tung Wan BeachClear Water Bay Second BeachHap Mun Bay BeachMa Wan Tung Wan BeachCasam BeachLido BeachGolden BeachButterfly Beach Lifeguard services at the beachesLifeguard services will be provided daily at the reopened gazetted beaches from 9am to 6pm. The services will be extended from 8am to 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays during the peak period from June to August. Special measures for beach-goersThe LCSD appeals to beach-goers to comply with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap 599G) on the prohibition of group gatherings of more than eight people. To ensure appropriate distance between shower facilities users, only alternate shower cubicles and shower heads will be open. The LCSD will step up crowd control and cleaning work inside changing rooms. Staff of the LCSD will also step up patrol of the beaches concerned and take appropriate follow-up action against any violation of relevant regulations when necessary. The other beaches will remain closedApart from the 15 reopened gazetted beaches mentioned above, all other beaches will remain closed with lifeguard services suspended. The public should neither swim nor gather at the closed beaches for social distancing reasons and to avoid accidents. LCSD staff will step up patrol of the beaches concerned. Appropriate follow-up action will be taken against any violation of relevant regulations.

Barbecue sites and campsites reopened

Barbecue sites and campsites to be reopened163 barbecue sites and 41 campsites under the management of the AFCD will reopen on May 21 (except for the Lead Mine Pass Campsite which is undergoing maintenance). For the latest updates on the facilities in the country parks, members of the public can also visit the "Enjoy Hiking" website of the AFCD. Re-opening of Country Park Visitor / Education CentresThe school and public programmes of the AFCD's public facilities that have reopened on May 4, including the Hong Kong Wetland Park (except some indoor facilities and play areas), eight Country Park Visitor/Education Centres, seven Hong Kong Geopark Park Visitor Centres and the Endangered Species Resource Centre, will remain temporarily suspended until further notice. Precautionary measures are implemented, including body temperature check at centre entrances and advising visitors with high body temperature not to enter, and access control to avoid overcrowding. The AFCD appeals to country park users to comply with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap. 599G) on prohibiting group gatherings of more than the number of people stipulated in the law. Visitors are reminded to maintain personal and environmental hygiene, appropriate social distancing, and should properly dispose of used masks and waste.

Employment Support Scheme opens for applications

The Government has launched the “Employment Support Scheme” (ESS) under the second round of the “Anti-epidemic Fund” to provide time-limited financial support to employers to retain employees who may otherwise be made redundant. First tranche of the ESS covers June, July and August. All employers who have made Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) contributions or set up Occupational Retirement Schemes are eligible*. The relevant accounts should be set up on or before March 31, 2020. Self-employed persons who have set up an active MPF account on or before March 31, 2020 (excluding backdating) and with that account remaining opened as of March 31, 2020 will be eligible for a one-off subsidy of $7,500 on application. Application processes Applications for the first tranche of subsidies can now be submitted until 14 June 2020, and more details can be found in the Scheme's dedicated portal. For enquiries about the scheme, please call the hotline at 183 6122. * Types of employers not eligible for ESS are set out in the exclusion list.

Latest arrangements on LCSD leisure venues and sports facilities

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) announced that, in view of the latest situation of COVID-19, some leisure venues will be reopened in phases on May 6 and May 11. And more leisure venues of the LCSD will be reopened on May 21. For leisure venues reopened on May 6For leisure venues, non-fee charging outdoor leisure facilities to be reopened on May 6 (Wednesday) include running tracks in sports grounds (for jogging only), fitness equipment, pebble walking trails, cycling facilities, badminton courts, tennis courts, skateparks, skateboard grounds, roller skating rinks, model car play areas, model boat pools and table tennis tables. Fee charging outdoor leisure facilities to be reopened on the same day include tennis courts, bowling greens, Ngau Chi Wan Park Archery Range, Shek O Obstacle Golf Course and the archery range, golf driving range and practice greens at Tuen Mun Recreation and Sports Centre. For leisure venues reopened on May 11Those to be reopened on May 11 (Monday) are all indoor leisure facilities. They are badminton courts, squash courts, table tennis rooms/tables, the cycling track of Hong Kong Velodrome, indoor golf driving bays, indoor bowling greens, indoor jogging tracks and indoor tennis courts. More leisure venues reopened on May 21Leisure facilities to be reopened on May 21 (Thursday) include most of the public swimming pools (only for selected swimming pool facilities such as main pools and secondary pools), dance rooms/activity rooms, fitness rooms, sports climbing facilities, billiard/American pool tables, a gymnastic training hall, barbecue sites, Pui O camp site, water sports centres, sports climbing and rope course facilities at Tuen Mun Recreation and Sports Centre. Details of the facilities to be reopened will be announced in due course. Changing rooms and shower facilities reopenChanging rooms and shower facilities in reopened LCSD fee charging venues, such as sports grounds, sports centres, squash courts, tennis courts, bowling greens, Tuen Mun Recreation and Sports Centre, will be reopened from May 11. Special measures will be adopted such as opening alternate shower cubicles or shower heads, arranging body temperature screening and stepping up regular cleaning and disinfection of the shower cubicles and storage cabinets. For leisure facilities continue to be closedApart from the above facilities, other leisure facilities temporarily closed earlier such as beaches, soccer pitches, basketball courts, gateball courts and children's play equipment will continue to be closed until further notice. Leisure Link reopensMembers of the public can book the fee charging leisure facilities reopened on May 6 and May 11 via the Internet Booking Service of Leisure Link starting from May 5 (Tuesday). Leisure Link Booking Office of the District Leisure Services Offices will resume service on May 6.Members of the public can book the indoor leisure facilities reopened on May 21 via the Internet Booking Service of Leisure Link, Leisure Link Booking Office of the District Leisure Services Offices, Leisure Link Booking Office of the reopened facilities and Self-service Kiosks starting from May 20 (Wednesday).Leisure Link Booking Office, Leisure Link Booking Office of the water sports centres and Self-service Kiosk of the venues will resume booking services on the same day of reopening of leisure facilities. Refund arrangementsFor refund arrangements in relation to earlier venue closures (there is no reallocation arrangement), the hirer may submit a completed refund application form together with the original booking permit to the reopened LCSD leisure venue or a Leisure Link Booking Office at a District Leisure Services Office. The application form can be downloaded in LCSD website. Special measuresThe LCSD appeals to venue users to comply with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap 599G) on the prohibition of group gatherings of more than the number of people as stipulated by the law. The LCSD will adopt special measures at leisure facilities to be reopened. Measures including stepping up cleansing work, arranging body temperature screening for all people entering indoor venues, limiting the numbers of users at venues, and opening alternate tables or with specific distance. Some Interest Classes resumed on June 1The LCSD will also resume some recreation and sports programmes at outdoor and indoor venues as well as those organised at the water sports centres from June 1 (Monday). These include tennis, golf, tai chi, lawn bowl, badminton, squash, table tennis, aerobic, multi-gym fitness, social dance, canoeing and windsurfing, etc. To reduce the social contacts and the risk of infection, the number of participants for each programme will limit to eight people (including tutors) or the number of people as stipulated by the law. Members of the public could make enrolment on a first-come-first-served basis from 25 May 2020 (Monday) via internet, booking counters at the LCSD's District Leisure Services Offices and leisure venues with Leisure Link Services and self-service kiosks. Details of programmes and enrolment will be uploaded onto the LCSD website later. The public can also approach District Leisure Services Offices for enquiries. Booking and applications services still suspendedProcessing and acceptance of individual and block booking applications for the department's non-fee charging land recreation and sports facilities, block booking applications for the fee charging land recreation and sports facilities, applications for use of wedding venues, amphitheatres and non-fee charging leisure venues for non-designated use/sales activities are suspended until further notice. The arrangement of block booking of swimming pool facilities after reopening of public swimming pools is to be announced. The LCSD will continue to monitor the situation closely and review the arrangements in a timely manner.

Latest arrangements on the cultural venues and facilities

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) announced that, in view of the latest situation of COVID-19, some libraries and museums will reopen starting from May 6 and May 21. For libraries services reopened on May 6Hong Kong Central Library and six other major public libraries, namely City Hall Public Library, Kowloon Public Library, Tsuen Wan Public Library, Sha Tin Public Library, Tuen Mun Public Library and Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library, will partially reopen on May 6 and implement special opening hours. Facilities of the above seven libraries to be reopened include the adult, young adult and children's libraries. The opening hours of the seven libraries will be 1pm to 8pm from Mondays to Saturdays and 9am to 5pm on Sundays and public holidays. More libraries reopened on May 21The adult and children's libraries of another 12 district libraries will partially reopen on May 21 and implement special opening hours. They include the Aberdeen Public Library, Chai Wan Public Library, Lockhart Road Public Library, Lai Chi Kok Public Library, Lam Tin Public Library, Ngau Chi Wan Public Library, Yau Ma Tei Public Library, Fanling Public Library, Tai Po Public Library, Tiu Keng Leng Public Library, Tsing Yi Public Library and Tung Chung Public Library. The opening hours of these 12 district libraries will be 1pm to 8pm from Mondays to Saturdays and 9am to 5pm on Sundays and public holidays. The self-service library stations at Island East Sports Centre Sitting-out Area, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Tsuen Nam Road, Tai Wai, and all book drop services of the Hong Kong Public Libraries including those at MTR Central, Kowloon Tong and Nam Cheong stations have resumed service. Public libraries will continue to provide online services such as e-Books and e-Databases. Some students' study rooms reopenedThe students' study rooms of the 12 abovementioned public libraries and the five major libraries which have reopened (including Kowloon, Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai, Sha Tin, Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun Public Libraries) will resume service on the same day. The students' study rooms will implement special opening hours same as the abovementioned libraries. Admission is arranged by sessions with each lasting about three hours and the number of users limited. Special measurements in Public Libraries-    To avoid people gathering, the libraries will arrange admission by sessions, with each session lasting about one hour. -    Admission slips will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis for entry to each session. -    Children under 12 will only be allowed to enter when accompanied by an adult. -    Limited services, including lending and returning of library materials and picking up reserved library materials, will resume. Some of the computer facilities will resume service and open for telephone booking.-    The newspaper and periodical areas will remain closed. For museums services reopened on May 6Thirteen LCSD museums, including the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of History, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, the Law Uk Folk Museum, the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum, the Sheung Yiu Folk Museum, the Sam Tung Uk Museum, the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, the Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery, the Hong Kong Railway Museum, the Hong Kong Film Archive and the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre (hiring studios only) will partially reopen their exhibition facilities on May 6, with interactive exhibits and public programmes temporarily suspended. Special opening hours from 10am to 5pm daily (except on the regular closing day) will be implemented. Among the 13 museums, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of History will arrange visits by sessions, each lasting two hours, to limit visitor flow. Visitors will be able to enter the museums on a first-come, first-served basis. Children aged under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Latest opening arrangements for Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) venuesThe venues to be reopened are the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui, the Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery cum Heritage Trail Visitors Centre, Tai Fu Tai in San Tin, the Old House of Wong Uk Village in Sha Tin, the Fortified Structure in Ha Pak Nai and No. 10 San Wai in Wong Chuk Hang (only open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays). The operation of all interactive exhibits and public events at the six venues will remain suspended. The other four venues of the AMO, namely the Wun Yiu Exhibition at Sheung Wun Yiu Village in Tai Po, Fong Yuen Study Hall on Ma Wan, the Information Centre of Tung Chung Fort on Lantau Island and the Information Centre of Tung Lung Fort on Tung Lung Chau, Sai Kung, will continue to be temporarily closed. All educational activities and docent services will be suspended until further notice. The affected cultural activitiesAll performance venues will not be opened before the end of May. The Chinese Opera Festival (COF) and the International Arts Carnival (IAC), scheduled to be held from June to August 2020 originally, have been cancelled. The LCSD organises the COF and IAC annually, inviting numerous professional arts groups from the Mainland and overseas to come to Hong Kong to offer audiences high-quality performing arts programmes and promote cultural exchange in conjunction with local arts groups. Fifteen arts groups from the Mainland and overseas have been invited to perform in Hong Kong this year. Due to the pandemic and numerous uncertainties in global business travels, the LCSD and participating arts groups reached a consensus on cancelling the two festivals this year. Apart from the above-mentioned public libraries and museums, the rest of the relevant cultural facilities will continue to be temporarily closed. Some music courses resume   A few outreach music courses for adults organised by the Music Office will resume on June 1 with a limit to eight participants (including tutors) or the number of people as stipulated by the law within a class. URBTIXApart from maintaining URBTIX Internet and mobile app ticketing and hotline services, box offices and ticket dispensing machines at LCSD performance venues will resume operation with special opening hours (from noon to 6.30pm daily) from May 6. For events presented/sponsored by the LCSD and some organised by hirers which have been cancelled due to venue closure arising from the pandemic, LCSD will start arranging ticket refund from May 6. Please visit URBTIX website for more details. Special measurements in cultural venuesVisitors to the public libraries, Music Office's Music Centres, museums and box offices of performance venues are advised to wear their own masks and will be subject to temperature checks before admission. Enhanced measures including cleaning between sessions will be conducted. The LCSD and AMO will continue to monitor the situation closely and review the arrangements in a timely manner.

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. 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. 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 six months. 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. Enrol on the “IT Service Providers Reference List” D-Biz Programme will provide an “IT Service Providers Reference List” to offer relevant market information for enterprises' reference. To enrol on the Reference List, a service provider should possess a valid Business Registration Certificate and relevant technical capability and experience. The Programme is open for IT service providers' applications, interested service providers can submit applications online.

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 special one-stop online resources centre 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 Science Museum - Unlocking the Secrets - The Science of Conservation at The Palace MuseumHong 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 On-lineOi! - One minute of VoidOi! - Workout WednesdayRadio Television Hong Kong Journey through the Museums Librariese-Content Highlights: Healthy LivingChildren Picture and Story BooksHong Kong Memory15-Minute Read (Content in Chinese only)Elderly (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 "One-stop online resources centre" webpage)

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."