The vetting work of the Retail Sector Subsidy Scheme under the first round of the Anti-epidemic Fund and the Subsidy Scheme for Beauty Parlours, Massage Establishments & Party Rooms under the second round of the fund has been completed, with over $6 billion in subsidies approved.

 

The fund’s secretariat has completed vetting all of the 93,000 Retail Sector Subsidy Scheme applications and reviewed 12,500 appeal cases. The scheme has concluded with about $5.5 billion in subsidies approved for nearly 69,000 eligible retailers.

 

The secretariat has also completed vetting 14,000 Subsidy Scheme for Beauty Parlours, Massage Establishments & Party Rooms applications.

 

About 13,000 applications have been approved so far, involving over $610 million in subsidies.

 

The secretariat is now processing hundreds of appeal cases. More applications may be approved after review.

 

Upon completion of the vetting work of the Subsidy Scheme for Beauty Parlours, Massage Establishments & Party Rooms, its telephone hotline 1836 188 will cease operation at 6pm on September 15. For enquiries, email enquiry@bmpsubsidy.hk.

 

During the vetting and appeal reviewing process, the secretariat discovered individual suspected fraudulent cases and has already referred those cases to Police for follow-up.