Hotel industry union urges govt to disburse subsidies under Anti-epidemic Fund 5.0 directly to affected employees


12th January 2022 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong government announced yesterday (11th) that the “Anti-epidemic Fund 5.0” will be launched to support restaurants, travel agencies and other affected premises.

HOTELS, FOOD & BEVERAGE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION issued a statement yesterday saying that restaurants and hotels are currently in dire straits, and some casual workers in the industry have been fired. The Hong Kong government announced yesterday that it will launch the anti-epidemic fund to subsidise suspended premises and restaurants. The Association hopes that the government will distribute money from the “Anti-epidemic Fund” directly to the affected employees, rather than through employers, and proposes that casual workers in banquet halls and restaurants to be given a subsidy of HK$9,000 for a period of 6 months, while other hotel room service employees to be given a one-time payment of HK$8,000.

The Association pointed out that with the increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, it is believed that the invisible chain of transmission cannot be completely cut off by next Thursday (20th), that is, before the tightened epidemic prevention measures end.