Enhanced Public Health and Hygiene Protocols for Residential Halls/Colleges
Students returning to Hong Kong (Updated on 11 August 2022)
In line with the latest infection control policy of the HKSAR Government (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk) as well as Campus Access and HKU Vaccine Pass of the University (https://covid19.hku.hk/announcements/all/2022/04/13776/), the following are the latest infection control measures for students returning to Hong Kong and HKU:
- Students returning to Hong Kong have to complete all government quarantine and vaccination/testing requirements already in place, before they could reside in student residences. Starting from 8 August 2022, after completing the government required compulsory quarantine (3 days) in the designated quarantine hotel, students may reside in student residences during their medical surveillance (4 days) and self-monitoring (3 days) periods (if applicable).
- Throughout the medical surveillance and self-monitoring periods in student residences, students have to: 1) perform daily Rapid Antigen Test; 2) take the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests in a Community Testing Centre per government requirements; 3) inform the hall/ college office about the test results within 24 hours; and 4) have meals by oneself and refrain from taking part in any mask-off social activities in hall/ college.
- Starting from 31 May 2022, anyone wishing to enter HKU campus including student residences will need to have received THREE DOSES of recognised COVID-19 vaccines for those over 18 years of age who have taken the second dose for more than six months. If a person is still within six months from receiving the second dose, they can still enter campus, but they must receive the third dose before the end of the six-month period to gain access thereafter.
- At the same time, anyone wishing to enter the Main Campus should use the LeaveHomeSafe (LHS) mobile application of the HKSAR Government to scan the venue QR code. The venue QR code will be displayed at all entrances of the Main Campus. Once you scan it, LHS will automatically display the QR code of your vaccination record or exemption certificate to indicate your compliance with the HKU Vaccine Pass. For details, please visit the HKU Vaccine Pass and related FAQs in the HKU COVID-19 Info Hub.
- Subject to the University’s approval, individual student residence may, based on their specific circumstances or concerns, devise more stringent control measures.
The University will continue to keep in view the latest COVID-19 situation and revise the infection control measures, including those set out above, as and when required.
Task Force on Infectious Diseases
Guidelines on events where food and beverage are served
This guideline provides event organisers of halls and student societies of the University with recommendations and points to consider when organising High Table Dinner or events with food and beverages arrangement in premises BOTH within the University campuses and outside campus under the current COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines reflect prevailing government infection control regulations.
Halls and student societies should submit an application to the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) prior to the event.
Here are some proposed actions to be performed by faculties or halls when there is a test positive case or close contact case on campus. Please note that this guideline may change frequently depending on the situation in Hong Kong.
Residential Halls & Colleges
- Residential Halls / Colleges are facilities where students live closely to each other and are considered spots of higher risk. As different Halls/Colleges have different physical environments and social settings, they have each developed and implemented their in-house infection control based on the principles promulgated by the Task Force on Infectious Diseases (TFID). Measures such as body temperature screening, mask wearing in common areas, provision of hand sanitizer, etc. are practices common to all.
- To further increase social distancing in Halls and Colleges, the University will adjust the proportion of single- to double-occupancy rooms in each Hall/College to respond to the prevailing risk level where circumstances allow.
- The higher risk of outbreaks in Halls/Colleges necessitates quick response once a confirmed or suspected case becomes known. A rapid response mechanism has been established among Dean of Student Affairs, Wardens/Masters and the University Health Service to handle such incidents should they arise.