GOVERNMENT SUITABLY RELAXES SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES
(please refer to the Government press release dated 14 April for details)

As the epidemic situation in Hong Kong has substantially alleviated in a continuous manner since March, the Government announced on 14 April the first stage of adjustments to social distancing measures that will take effect on 21 April.

Most scheduled premises regulated under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F), including religious premises, will be allowed to re-open.

Taking into account the high transmissibility of Omicron, the Government emphasised that citizens must strictly comply with the anti-epidemic arrangements upon re-opening of the premises. These arrangements include holding valid Vaccine Pass, using “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile application, complying with the restrictions on the number of persons and capacity of the premises allowed, wearing masks, taking body temperatures etc.

In particular, please kindly take note of the following:

  • KMC HK (“the Centre”) will be re-open on 21 April and resume in-person classes, pujas and events, subject to restrictions of allowing visitors in groups of four without exceeding 50 per cent of the capacity.
  • We will continue to provide online classes, pujas and events.
  • We kindly request all persons who enter the Centre to:
    o   Scan the LeaveHomeSafe QR code and present the vaccination record / medical exemption QR Code for scanning upon entry, and comply with the relevant requirements under the Vaccine Pass;
    o   Measure your temperature and sanitize your hands upon entry;
    o   Wear mask and socks in the Centre at all time;
    o   Not to eat in the Centre;
    o   Bring your own sadhanas;
    o   Not to go to the Centre during home quarantine period (if applicable) (please refer to the Government website for more information)
  • Under the arrangements for the first stage of the Vaccine Pass (from 24 February to 29 April 2022), all applicable individuals in general except certain special groups) are required to have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine for entering or remaining in the Centre.
  • Under the arrangements for the second stage of the Vaccine Pass (from 30 April to 30 May 2022), all applicable individuals in general except certain special groups) are required to have received at least two dose of COVID-19 vaccine for entering or remaining in the Centre.
  • Under the arrangements for the third stage of the Vaccine Pass (from 31 May 2022 onwards), all applicable individuals in general (except certain special groups) are required to have received the third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for entering or remaining in the Centre.
  • Please refer to the Government website for more information about the Vaccine Pass.
  • Please refer to the Government press release dated 20 March and the Annex for the latest vaccination requirements of the Vaccine Pass.
  • All persons entering or remaining in the Centre are required to carry an electronic or a paper copy of their COVID-19 vaccination record or COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Certificate (“Exemption Certificate”), and present it on the request of KMC HK’s volunteers at the reception.
  • KMC HK is a premises subject to “active checking” under the Vaccine Pass and thus is required under the law to:
  1. display a notice in the specified format in a prominent position at or near the entrance to the Centre;
  2. inspect the vaccination records or Exemption Certificate (as applicable) of all persons entering or remaining in the Centre to ensure that the visitors and volunteers fulfil the requirements under the Vaccine Pass;
  3. for persons entering or remaining in the Centre, if the vaccination record or Exemption Certificate (as applicable) presented in accordance with (2) contains or is in form of a QR code, use the latest version of the “QR Code Verification Scanner” mobile application developed by the Government to scan the QR code of vaccination record or Exemption Certificate and keep the log record for 31 days (KMC HK is required to upload the log record to an information system specified by the Government on the request of an authorised officer);
  4. for persons entering or remaining in the Centre whose vaccination record or Exemption Certificate (as applicable) presented in accordance with (2) does not contain or is not presented in a form of a QR code, and for children aged below 12 not accompanied by an adult (except children aged below 12 who presented a vaccination record or Exemption Certificate containing a QR code), require such persons to make a declaration or provide their contact information using the specified form to collect the name, telephone number, date and time of visit of such persons entering or remaining in the Centre and to keep the declaration or information collected for 31 days; and
  5. [not applicable to KMC HK] for staff members involved in the operation of the premises, collect and retain the vaccination record or Exemption Certificate (as applicable) of the staff members for inspection on the request of an authorised officer.