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Domestic helpers shouldn't go out on days off: govt

2020-01-30 HKT 15:40
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  • The government says employers should explain the 'special circumstances' to their domestic helpers, as it also called for 'mutual understanding'. File image: Shutterstock
    The government says employers should explain the 'special circumstances' to their domestic helpers, as it also called for 'mutual understanding'. File image: Shutterstock
The government on Thursday urged foreign domestic helpers (FDH) not to leave their employers' homes on their rest days, to safeguard their health and reduce the risk of the Wuhan virus spreading in the community.

"The government appeals to FDHs to stay home for rest on their rest day as far as possible, and to stay away from crowds on public transport or at public places," a statement from the Labour Department said.

"At the same time, employers must not require FDHs to work on their rest day."

The statement said employers should "explain the special circumstances in discussing rest day arrangements" with their helpers, and it called for mutual understanding.

It added that if it is "necessary" for helpers to go out, they should wear a surgical mask and avoid staying in crowded places.

The Labour Department noted that the Philippine and Indonesian consulates in Hong Kong have also appealed to their nationals to avoid large crowds or gatherings.

The statement reminded employers that if they make their helper work on a rest day they risk prosecution and a fine of up to HK$50,000.