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Penny’s Bay out, Regala hotel in, for FDH quarantine

29 December 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

Penny's Bay will stop taking in FDHs for quarantine starting Monday

From Monday, the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre will no longer accommodate foreign domestic helpers coming to Hong Kong from overseas.

Instead, the Regala Skycity Hotel on Lantau will be added to the list of quarantine facilities for FDHs from next month. Booking for the 1,138 rooms at the hotel will open this coming Friday, Dec 31.


The two other designated quarantine hotels for helpers are Rambler Garden Hotel in Tsing Yi and Courtyard by Marriott in Shatin.

According to a government statement, the rooms at Penny’s Bay will be reserved for its response to the rapidly increasing number of Omicron cases coming from abroad.


Currently, travelers arriving from countries where Omicron has been detected, including most countries in Africa, the United States and the United Kingdom, must spend the first four days of their 21-day quarantine at Penny’s Bay before they are moved to a hotel of their choice.

All helpers who are due to remain in quarantine at Penny's Bay on or after Jan 5 will be transferred to the Regala in phases starting Jan 1 , the government said.

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Those who have already booked places at Penny's Bay and are due to check in before Jan 1 will be moved to Regala in phases. Those who are due to move into Penny's Bay after Jan 1 will be taken directly to Regala on arrival in Hong Kong.

Officials added that they were in discussions with a fourth hotel for it to be designated as a quarantine facility for helpers.

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Earlier, Secretary for Health Sophia Chan visited Penny’s Bay to check on preparations being made there in tackling the emerging threat from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

She received a briefing from various government departments on the current operation of the facility, including the number of available units, latest occupancy rate, and the enhancement of cleaning operations so as to increase the turnover rate of the rooms.

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Chan said the number of Omicron cases in Hong Kong has been on the rise, citing figures from the Centre for Health Protection showing that over 90 percent of confirmed patients recorded on Dec 26 and 27 carried the highly transmissible variant.


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