Labour Authorities remind FDWs subject to Compulsory testing to get tested ASAP and follow social distancing measures

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A staff member of the testing agent collects a specimen from an FDH at the mobile specimen collection station at Lai Chi Kok Park on Mar. 14. (PHOTO FROM: Information Services Department/isd.gov.hk)

On Jan. 7, the Labour Department reminded foreign domestic workers (FDWs) who are subject to compulsory testing notice to take note and comply to undergo free Covid-19 testing on time and appealed to follow with social distancing measures.

“The LD has disseminated the latest information to FDHs through various channels, including consulates-general of FDH-sending countries in Hong Kong, FDH and employer groups and employment agency associations, etc. The LD calls on employers to remind FDHs who had been present at specified places during the specified date(s) and time period(s) to undergo testing.” Labour Department spokesman said.

FDWs can undergo the tests at community testing centres or mobile specimen collection stations.

The Government is strictly enforcing CTN. Any person who fails to comply with the CTN commits an offence and is subject to a penalty of HK$5,000. The person will be issued a compulsory testing order with a specific timeframe given. Failure to follow the order will result in a level 4 fine of HK$25,000 and imprisonment for six months.

The LD in collaboration with the Hong Kong Police Force and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will conduct mobile broadcasts in multiple languages at popular FDWs gathering places during Sundays in January.

“We remind FDHs to strictly observe the requirements and appeal to them to avoid gatherings (including in boarding facilities), food sharing, and other social activities on their rest days and holidays and stay at home for rest as far as possible in order to safeguard their personal health and reduce the risk of infection. We also encourage employers and FDHs to discuss rest day arrangements, so as to minimise the health risk of participating in social activities.” Added the spokesman.

Employers were also reminded to not compel FDWs to work during rest days. Any employer who forces an FDW to work during rest day without an agreement with the FDWs fails to grant rest days is a breach of Employment Ordinance and is liable to prosecution and can be fined HK$50,000.

The Government also appeals to FDWs to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and others.

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