Second quarantine hotel to open for new helpers

The government said on Saturday it had set aside a second hotel for newly-arrived foreign domestic helpers to complete their 21-day mandatory quarantine. For now, incoming helpers can only serve their quarantine in the Silka Tsuen Wan hotel or the government's quarantine centre in Penny's Bay – both of which...

Govt may offer more quarantine places for helpers

Labour and Welfare Secretary Law Chi-kwong said the government may make available more quarantine facilities for newly arrived foreign domestic helpers when the time is ripe. Employers and agencies have complained that they've been struggling to find space for helpers to complete their 21-day quarantine. Speaking at a roundtable discussion...

Bringing in helpers like ‘walking on thin ice’

Labour chief Law Chi-kwong on Sunday said that bringing in foreign domestic helpers from high-risk places is like “walking on thin ice”, and acknowledged the amount coming into the city was not enough to satisfy demand from local families. Writing in his blog, Law said that in the past month,...

More quarantine rooms on offer at Penny’s Bay

The government announced on Tuesday that it will reopen its booking system for helpers' quarantine at its Penny's Bay centre, after suspending it for two weeks to review its procedures. The center will provide an additional 200 units to the workers starting October 22, taking the total number of quarantine...

Govt urged to stop ‘segregating’ domestic helpers

A migrant workers' group on Sunday criticised the administration's decision to limit new foreign domestic workers to serving their quarantine at a single hotel or a government facility, saying the measures amount to "segregation". Officials opened the way for fully-vaccinated helpers to travel from Indonesia and the Philippines last Monday,...

HK bans Manila airline over Covid cases

Health authorities suspended flights from Manila operated by Cebu Pacific Air on Friday – less than a week after fully vaccinated domestic helpers from Indonesia and the Philippines were allowed to come here to work. The flight ban, which will be in place until September 16, was triggered after four...

No second quarantine hotels for helpers, govt says

Labour and welfare minister Law Chi-kwong said the government cannot set aside more quarantine hotels for foreign domestic helpers as talks to add a second hotel broke down. His comments on Wednesday came as some employers are upset that they have to wait longer for their helpers from Indonesia or...

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...

Number of helpers arriving must be controlled: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday said Hong Kong cannot allow thousands of foreign domestic workers to arrive in the city each week and their numbers will have to be controlled. The CE said officials are expected to give more details this week on a plan to start allowing helpers...

Risk of helpers bringing in Covid is limited: expert

Infectious disease expert Joseph Tsang said on Monday that the government has to make sure a centralised quarantine system is in place for thousands of domestic helpers who are expected to start flying in from the Philippines soon. His comments came after reports that at least 3,000 fully inoculated Filipino...

3,000 Filipino helpers could arrive from next week

The Department of Labour and Employment in the Philippines announced on Sunday that it had reached agreement with the Hong Kong authorities to allow fully vaccinated domestic helpers to fly to Hong Kong from August 30. The labour secretary, Silvestre Bello III, says as many as 3,000 helpers will be...

Helpers fear exploitation, bias in new travel plan

A migrant workers' group on Saturday called on the government to be mindful of the potential for foreign domestic helpers to exploited and discriminated against in a new plan to open the border to new helpers who have been fully inoculated in their home countries. Officials revealed that discussions with...

Deal to allow new helpers in could come next week

The Labour Department said on Saturday it was nearing agreement with authorities in the Philippines and Indonesia on arrangements for newly-hired foreign domestic helpers to come to Hong Kong. Officials say an announcement could come as soon as next week once consensus is reach on how the SAR verifies information...

Two dozen helpers arrested over money laundering

Police said on Wednesday that they had arrested 29 people, including 24 foreign domestic workers, in connection with a suspected HK$27 million money laundering scheme. The force said a syndicate used 35 bank accounts belonging to helpers to launder money obtained via 20 romance scams in the past year. The...

‘Vaccinated helpers may arrive from next month’

Relief may be on the way for Hong Kong families struggling to hire foreign domestic workers, as authorities are reportedly ironing out a plan to allow fully vaccinated helpers to come to the SAR to work – as early as next month. That’s according to the chairman of the Hong...

Smooth start for second round of helper testing

A second round of mandatory testing for Hong Kong's foreign domestic helpers got under way on Sunday, with those undergoing Covid checks reporting none of the long queues and chaos seen at the start of the previous mass testing exercise. Helpers taking their day off in Admiralty said they'd been...

Government performs Covid test spot checks on helpers

The Labour Department on Sunday said it had performed spot-checks on more than 3,500 domestic helpers to see whether they had complied with a compulsory Covid-19 testing order. Officers approached the helpers at their popular gathering spots in Causeway Bay, Central, Admiralty, Tsuen Wan and Mong Kok over the weekend....

No mandatory jab for helpers, but another test needed

The government has dropped its plan to make migrant domestic workers get Covid vaccinations, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday, but another compulsory test will soon be ordered. Officials had announced that helpers would be required to be vaccinated before signing or renewing work contracts after one woman was...

‘Most helpers met deadline for Covid tests’

After an initial rush to get tested for the coronavirus, few foreign helpers were seen at testing centres on Sunday – the deadline for a mandatory testing order for all migrant domestic workers. Hong Kong's 370,000 helpers were given nine days to get tested after three helpers came down with...

SAR reports no local Covid cases again

The government on Sunday reported one imported coronavirus case but, for the second consecutive day, there were no local Covid-19 infections. The Centre for Health Protection said the patient is a 52-year-old woman who flew in from Argentina, and was asymptomatic. Meanwhile, the government says most of Hong Kong's domestic...