The Government today announced that the intake for Blocks 4 and 5 of Chun Yeung Estate will commence gradually at the end of the month.
It handed over the two blocks, Chun Sze House and Chun Wu House, to the Housing Authority earlier.
Due to the rapid deterioration of the COVID-19 epidemic and the severe situation over the past few weeks, the significant increases in both the number of confirmed cases and the number of close contacts of confirmed cases have resulted in a huge demand for quarantine facilities, the Government said.
To safeguard public health, the Government considers it necessary to continue using Blocks 1 to 3 as a quarantine centre.
During the period when Blocks 1 to 3 of the estate are being used as a quarantine centre, the Department of Health will adopt strict quarantine management measures, which include restricting people under quarantine to stay inside quarantine units.
If they have medical needs, they will be taken to a hospital by ambulance from the quarantine centre. They are not allowed to come into contact with anybody other than the quarantine centre staff and medical personnel.
The Housing Department will separate the quarantine centre and the remaining parts of the estate, including Blocks 4 and 5, and the Chun Yeung Shopping Centre with tall partitions.
There are also separate pedestrian and vehicular entrances and exits at Blocks 4 and 5 for residents’ access to the estate through separate channels.
The Government said these measures can effectively prevent people and vehicles going to or leaving the quarantine centre from entering or exiting the premises of Blocks 4 and 5. Thus, the two blocks are suitable for accommodation.
It will closely monitor the developments of the epidemic situation and review the number of quarantine facilities available, and will cease the use of Blocks 1 to 3 of the estate as a quarantine centre as soon as practicable.
It estimated that the three blocks should be able to cease being used as a quarantine centre by the end of this year when 2,000 quarantine units located in Phase 3 of Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre come into operation.
The Government will then clear and thoroughly disinfect the relevant units before handing them over to the Housing Authority. The authority estimated that it may need a few months to carry out a considerable amount of restoration work and the intake of the prospective tenants may commence gradually at the beginning of the second quarter of 2021 at the earliest.
The Government said it understands the disturbance to prospective tenants caused by the latest changes to the intake schedule of the three blocks, adding it will actively consider providing further relief for the affected eligible prospective tenants under the Anti-epidemic Fund.
It said since Hong Kong is facing a new wave of COVID-19 infections, the quarantine centre located in the estate has been playing a vital and irreplaceable role.
The Government thanked all prospective tenants for their patience and understanding.