Application for Fifth round of anti-epidemic fund starts today, max cap for catering premises is HK$250,000


17th January 2022 – (Hong Kong) Due to the outbreak of the Omicron variant virus, many industries have been affected. The fifth round of anti-epidemic fund announced by the government earlier will provide financial support to the catering industry, suspended scheduled premises and public entertainment venues. The relevant fund will open for application from today until 18th February. The new round of Catering Premises Subsidy Scheme will distribute between HK$50,000 and HK$250,000, a one-time subsidy to licensees of eligible catering premises according to the floor area specified in their licenses.

The scheme is expected to benefit more than 17,600 catering establishments. In addition, each of the above-mentioned eligible licensed catering premises, suspended scheduled premises listed under Cap 599F will receive an additional one-time subsidy of HK$25,000.

 The Government will also continue to provide financial support to licensees of eligible food factory licences in food courts inside shopping malls. “Food court” means a place inside a shopping mall comprising licensed food factories and an adjoining seating area (with both tables and chairs/stools) provided by the property management/owner of the shopping mall for non-exclusive use by its visitors, which may include patrons of the licensed food factories. Each licensee of eligible licensed food factories in operation is eligible for a one-off subsidy ranging from HK$10,000 to HK$50,000 according to the licensed area of its premises. If the business is not run by the licence holder, an affirmation of the business operator on supporting the application of the subsidy is required. About 1,700 licensees of eligible licensed food factories are expected to benefit from the scheme.

As regards cooked food/light refreshment market stall tenants as well as persons holding a hawker licence and operating cooked food business in public housing developments, each tenant or licensee is eligible to apply for a one-off subsidy of HK$25,000. It is expected to benefit about 1,000 operators.

Separately, the Commercial Bathhouse Licence Holder Subsidy Scheme will provide a one-off subsidy of HK$50,000 to each eligible licence holder of a commercial bathhouse. The Places of Public Entertainment Licence Holder Subsidy Scheme will provide a one-off subsidy of HK$50,000 for each eligible holder of a places of public entertainment licence (PPEL) (excluding cinema operators eligible under the Cinemas Subsidy Scheme) and HK$10,000 for each eligible holder of a temporary places of public entertainment licence (TPPEL). The schemes are expected to benefit the licence holders of around 50 commercial bathhouses, about 570 PPEL holders and TPPEL holders.

  A spokesman for the FEHD reminded that corporate applicant shall hold a valid Certificate of Incorporation under the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) with status “live” as shown in the Integrated Companies Registry Information System of the Registrar of Companies throughout the application for this AEF subsidy. In addition, the applicant should not be bankrupt/wound-up or subject to any bankruptcy or winding up procedure/proceedings throughout application to the date of receiving the subsidy.

For eligible holders of food licence, liquor licence, karaoke establishment permit, commercial bathhouse licence and places of public entertainment licence, the application forms and guidelines can be obtained from various District Environmental Hygiene Offices of the FEHD starting from today. The application documents and details of the schemes can also be downloaded from the website of the FEHD ( The applicants can submit their applications as appropriate through the FEHD website. They can also submit their applications to various District Environmental Hygiene Offices of the FEHD (to the corresponding licensing offices for liquor licences) in person or by mail. The deadline for application is February 18. For approved applications, the FEHD will disburse the subsidies by crossed cheques to the correspondence addresses of the licensed premises registered in the FEHD.