Enhanced Public Health and Hygiene Protocols for Residential Halls/Colleges 2021-22

Students returning to Hong Kong (Updated on 2022-04-30)

In line with the latest infection control policy of the HKSAR Government (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk) and the HKU Vaccine Pass (https://covid19.hku.hk/announcements/all/2022/04/13776/), here are the updated infection control measures for students returning to Hong Kong and HKU:

  • Students returning to Hong Kong have to complete all government quarantine requirements including the required self-monitoring period (if applicable), in addition to the vaccination/testing requirement already in place, before they are allowed to reside in student residences.
  • Anyone wishing to enter the HKU campus including student residences will need to have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccination for at least 14 days. At the same time, anyone wishing to enter the Main Campus will need to use the LeaveHomeSafe (LHS) mobile application to scan the venue QR code. For details, please visit the HKU Vaccine Pass and related FAQs in the HKU COVID-19 Info Hub.
  • Starting from 31 May 2022, to enter the campus and residences, THE THIRD DOSE of recognised COVID-19 vaccines is required 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.
  • 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.

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.

Actions required for test positive cases and their close contacts 

Residential Halls & Colleges

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.