Foreign domestic helpers continue to gather in Central and other districts oblivious to the ban


2nd August 2020 – (Hong Kong) There have been reports of over 100 COVID-19 cases every day for the 12th consecutive day. The cumulative number of confirmed cases has exceeded 3,500 and the Hong Kong government has banned gathering over two people in public places.

On the first Sunday after the introduction of the new regulations, many foreign domestic helpers continued to gather in Central in groups of over 2. In the morning, the Statute Square in Central was crowded with foreign domestic helpers who gathered in groups, not to mention social distancing. Some of them wore face masks while chatting, while others lowered their masks to eat and smoke. Security officers and police officers were present to observe the situation, but no further action was taken. Many foreign domestic helpers gathered on Chater Road and around the Alexandra Building and several tents were set up. Some of them used cardboards as partitions and many were not wearing masks.

In addition, four police officers were present next to the World-wide House with a banner which says “Protect oneself, protect others and reduce social contact.” There was also a foreign language broadcast to remind those present the penalty for violating the ban on gatherings. Only two police officers patrolled and told the crowd not to gather and smoke, but no fixed penalty tickets were issued.

Some FEHD staff were present on Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok to distribute leaflets reminding foreign domestic helpers to wear masks.