Latest Updates on the Impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus


The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong has gathered useful updates regarding the novel coronavirus that may pertain to the Canadian community in Hong Kong. We will continue to curate relevant content to keep you up-to-date, please stay tuned.


*updated as of Aug 12, 2020 9AM HKT.

CanChamHK Letter to HKSARG Financial Secretary

Our Chairman recently submitted a letter to the HKSAR Government regarding its relief measures for businesses in Hong Kong. In this letter, he compares the economic relief measures presented by different countries for both businesses and individuals:

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Chief Executive’s Office’s Response to CanChamHK Letter to HKSAR Financial Secretary

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Chief Executive’s letter to IBC members – Resuming Activities after Fighting the Virus for Five Months

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Employment Support Scheme – Background Information

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Notice

Government announces latest disease prevention measures
*Regulations on group gatherings and for business and premises extended until 31 December

Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation
*Expires on 31 December

Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirement and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation
*Expires on 31 December

Prevention and Control of Disease (Wearing of Mask) (Public Transport) Regulation
*Expires at midnight on 14 October

Government further tightens social distancing measures
*Stricter measures for catering businesses, scheduled premises, group gatherings from July 15

 

Travel

NEW ISD: Global Travel Restrictions (Updated August 11)
This is an updated list of current travel advisories and airline/cruise announcements regarding Hong Kong and China. New developments are in red.
* The list is for reference only. It is compiled based on media reports and Internet research, and is not exhaustive.

Compulsory Quarantine of Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation
*Expires on 31 December

Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation
*Expires at midnight on 31 September

Specifications under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation gazetted
*Expires at midnight on 14 October

Government announces mechanism for directors and executives of specified listed companies to apply for exemption from compulsory quarantine arrangement

Changes to travel restrictions for immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents entering Canada

 

Services

Airmail postal services to certain destinations resumed

Speedpost services to the UK and US resumed

 

School Notices

Secretary for Education’s (SED) opening remarks at media session

We anticipate at this stage that classes of all schools, including international schools and kindergartens, which used to start their new school year early, would not commence earlier than August 17. The final commencement date will depend on the development of the epidemic. We have gained some practical experience from the class resumption arrangement from May to June this year, such as resumption by phases and levels, half-day schooling, as well as the various crowd control and health protection measures. We will continue to consider the commencement of the new school year along these directions.

 

Resources from Our Members

AD MediLink

Coronavirus: Daily AD MediLink Report

COVID-19 and Children: Exclusive Interview with Pediatrician

Coronavirus and Pregnancy: What You Should Know

Exclusive Interview on COVID-19 with SARS Expert Dr. Sarah Borwein

COVID-19 and Mental Health: 8 Tips from a Psychologist

COVID-19 Tests in Hong Kong: Your Options

Colliers International

Impact of Coronavirus on Hong Kong Property Markets

KPMG

Business Continuity Insights

 

What Our Members Are Doing to Help

AD MediLink

AD MediLink Launches Four Financial Support Initiatives Amid COVID-19 Outbreak.

In view of the current situation, AD MediLink remains committed to supporting health in the community, and announces new measures to businesses and people most severely affected.

  1. Introducing a Special Discount for Companies, Especially SMEs
  2. Offering Free Employee Health & Wellness Solutions
  3. Providing Support to People Affected by Adverse Job Changes
  4. Offering Medical Supply to Those in Need

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Air Canada

Air Canada Reconfigures Passenger Cabins on Three Aircraft to Transport More Vital Supplies and Necessary Cargo

“Bringing critical medical and other vital supplies rapidly to Canada and helping distribute them across the country is imperative to combating the COVID-19 crisis. The transformation of the Boeing 777-300ERs, our largest international wide-body aircraft, doubles the capacity of each flight and will enable more goods to move more quickly,” said Tim Strauss, Vice President – Cargo at Air Canada.

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Bank of China Hong Kong

BOCHK introduces five financial support initiatives amid the epidemic

In view of the current novel coronavirus outbreak, Bank of China (Hong Kong) (“BOCHK”) introduces the following five financial support initiatives:

  1. Introducing principal moratorium for mortgage loans
  2. Launching a special loan scheme for SMEs to relieve the epidemic impact
  3. Providing support in ensuring the supply of medical resources
  4. Offering insurance grace periods and additional protection
  5. Offering fee concessions or waivers

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Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital

Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong launches discounted all-inclusive packages and special maternity offers to help public hospital patients amid coronavirus disease outbreak.

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Manulife Hong Kong

In view of the shortage of medical masks in Hong Kong, Manulife has partnered with Christian Family Service Centre (CFSC), a non-government organization based in Kwun Tong, donating 10,000 masks to 500 under privileged families in the district to help fight coronavirus spread.

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