MIL-OSI Asia-Pac: Government enforces “restriction-testing declaration” and compulsory testing notice in respect of specified “restricted area” in Richland Gardens, Kowloon Bay

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Source: Hong Kong Government special administrative region

Government enforces “restriction-testing declaration” and compulsory testing notice in respect of specified “restricted area” in Richland Gardens, Kowloon Bay
Government enforces “restriction-testing declaration” and compulsory testing notice in respect of specified “restricted area” in Richland Gardens, Kowloon Bay
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     The Government yesterday (May 19) exercised the power under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap. 599J) to make a “restriction-testing declaration” effective from 5.30pm yesterday, under which people (hereafter referred to as “persons subject to compulsory testing”) within the specified “restricted area” in Kowloon Bay (i.e. Block 5 and Block 6, Richland Gardens, Kowloon Bay) were required to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing. Persons subject to compulsory testing are required to stay in their premises until all such persons identified in the “restricted area” have undergone testing and the test results are mostly ascertained.           In addition, the Government issued a compulsory testing notice yesterday to any person who had been present at the building for more than two hours from May 13 to May 19, 2022, to undergo compulsory testing on or before May 21, 2022, even if they were not present in the “restricted area” at the time when the declaration took effect. The Government finished the compulsory testing exercise at around 9.30am today (May 20) and is now carrying out enforcement actions in the “restricted area” to verify that all people in the “restricted area” have undergone compulsory testing. The Government will further announce the revocation time of the declaration.           Starting from around 9.30am today, persons in the specified “restricted area” in Kowloon Bay who have undergone testing and are able to present SMS notifications with negative test results as proof of having undergone testing may leave the “restricted area” through the designated exit after providing personal information to a prescribed officer.           The Government set up temporary specimen collection stations in the “restricted area” yesterday and requested persons subject to compulsory testing to collect combined nasal and throat swab samples at the stations to undergo a COVID-19 virus test before 11.30pm yesterday. Around 1 270 people within the “restricted area” had undergone testing, among which two cases tested positive were found. The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health will arrange to follow up.           Regarding cases tested positive in the specified “restricted area”, the Government has provided additional food packs and daily necessities packs to these persons and their household members pending follow-up arrangement.           Moreover, the Government also assigned staff to visit around 540 households within the “restricted area”, among which 69 households did not answer the door. The Government will take measures to follow up.           The Government reiterates that enforcement actions will be taken seriously. Any person who fails to present an SMS notification with a test result as proof of having undergone testing breaches the compulsory testing notice and may be liable to a fine of $10,000. The person will also be issued with a compulsory testing order, requiring him/her to undergo testing within a specified time frame. Failure to comply with the compulsory testing order or the “restriction-testing declaration” is an offence and the offender would be liable to a fine at level 5 ($50,000) and imprisonment for six months.

 
Ends/Friday, May 20, 2022Issued at HKT 10:23

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