Compulsory COVID-19 Testing and Sudden Lockdowns – Are Hong Kong Employers Ready?

Mayer Brown

The Hong Kong government announced on 1 February 2021 that it will lower the threshold for compulsory COVID-19 testing. They are (in short):

  • If one or more new confirmed cases with unknown sources are found in a residential building (including a building with mixed commercial and residential use) or sewage samples collected at the building testing positive for COVID-19, the building will be included in the compulsory testing notice;
  • If the Centre for Health Protection considers there is a cluster outbreak in a particular workplace, apart from requiring suspension of operation and disinfection of the workplace, a compulsory testing notice will also be issued requiring persons who have been at the workplace to undergo testing. If two or more confirmed cases are found in the workplace, it will be included in the compulsory testing notice.

A sudden directive for compulsory testing and suspension of operation of a workplace will be disruptive. What should employers do to prepare for the (unfortunate) situation where it occurs?

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