The city’s private companies were urged to follow the government's lead in implementing work from home arrangements for staff in order to reduce the flow of people in the territory to curb the spread of the coronavirus, said Secretary for Civil Service, Patrick Nip Tak-kuen.
Speaking on a radio program on Friday, Nip said the SAR government wanted to send a strong message to the community in light of the worsening Covid
situation, calling on people to minimize unnecessary social contacts.
The government yesterday asked civil servants to work from home "as far as possible", unless they are involved in anti-epidemic work, or providing essential or emergency services.
The civil service chief said the city’s Covid
case number is surging with both the Delta and Omicron variants spreading around Hong Kong, resulting in at least one to two hundred transmission chains in the community.
He also anticipated that the number will continue its upward trend after the Lunar New Year holidays as citizens participated in cross-family gatherings during the festival.
Meanwhile, Nip said although 60 to 70 percent of government workers won't be able to work from home under the latest policy, the suspension of non-essential and non-emergency services may still cause inconvenience to the public, and he asked for their understanding.