Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Monday that Hong Kong had largely been left largely unscathed by Severe Typhoon Mangkhut, although she noted that many roads had been blocked by fallen trees and other objects.
Lam thanked members of the city's disciplined services who had either worked on the frontline during the storm, or were on standby to deal with the aftermath.
She said some people had been struggling to get into work on Monday morning and employers should not treat workers who encountered problems as being absent or late.
The CE said civil servants who had transport issues should “make a phone call to their superior” and tell them they can’t go in.
At a media briefing, reporters noted that some people had hoped the government would announce that all staff should be exempted from work on Monday.
But Lam said it was best for employers and employees to come up with their own arrangements.
“Under such circumstances, for employers and employees to be understanding and considerate to each other when coming up with an arrangement would be a more suitable way given Hong Kong’s situation now," she said.
"It’s because many employees have to go to work to provide services for other members of the public. For example, as you can see, we are going to hold some conferences and we have visitors taking part in such international conferences.”
Almost 400 people sought treatment at public hospitals during the typhoon, while there were hundreds of reports of fallen trees and dozens of flooding reports.