Helpers’ quarantine hotel already fully booked

The Silka Tsuen Wan hotel is so far the only hotel designated for foreign domestic helpers to complete their 21 days’ quarantine.

It said it was fully-booked until November 1, with just over 280 rooms available for the helpers.

Under current regulations, hotels can only have an occupancy rate of around 70 percent.

There’s been a shortage of helpers here after the government banned flights from the Philippines and Indonesia from April and May respectively.

In a deal struck last week, helpers can begin arriving from Monday.

But it looks to be complicated by a two-week flight ban imposed on Philippine Airlines yesterday, after three Covid cases were found on a flight.