The government announced on Friday that various departments will gradually resume public services from April 1, with a view to largely resuming all normal services from April 21.
In a statement, authorities said the move was in line with the government’s decision to gradually ease social distancing measures from April 21.
“As a public service provider, the government must be well prepared ahead of the gradual relaxation of most social distancing measures…Due to the restrictions of the Disease Prevention and Control Ordinance (Cap. 599) or its regulations, and given that offices and departments will need to mobilize men and resources for the primary mission of fighting the epidemic, some non-emergency or non-essential services may continue to be affected, and they could be resumed at a later date,” a government spokesman said.
Officials added that social distancing and infection control measures will continue to be adopted in government offices, including staggering work and lunch hours, and conducting video conferences where possible. .
The government has also advised private companies to continue to let their employees work from home.
“Although there are signs that the epidemic situation is stabilizing, the spokesperson calls on all employers in Hong Kong to continue to allow their employees to work from home wherever possible in order to drastically reduce the flow of people and social contacts in the community, and to resume normal functioning in a gradual, timely and orderly manner,” the statement added.