The Hong Kong Government allowed certain businesses to provide services so long as they comply with additional measures including their staff undergoing regular COVID-19 testing every 14 days. This article discusses three workplace related issues, namely, employees’ obligation to undergo the COVID-19 testing, employers’ rights to collect test results and employers’ responsibility to pay the fees for testing (where applicable).
Conditions for relaxing social distancing measures in Hong Kong
Social distancing measures in Hong Kong for catering and some other businesses have been relaxed gradually as infection rate fell in late February 2021. Catering business, amusement game centers, fitness centers, places of amusement, places of public entertainment, beauty parlours, clubhouses, massage establishments, sports premises, hotels and guesthouses were allowed to provide services so long as the owners and management comply with two additional measures, namely, to:
- only permit customers or users who have scanned the “LeaveHomeSafe” QR code, or who have registered their personal details and information in relation to their visits, to enter the premises; and
- make arrangement for regular COVID-19 testing (polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test) of staff every 14 days with the notification of the negative results.
Information collected from the above measures shall be kept for 31 days. Failure to comply with the above measures or other requirements may result in the implementation of additional measures to reduce the risk of transmission including but not limited to closure of the premises for a period ranging from 3 to 14 days.