The government said the slaughtering of livestock at the Sheung Shui and Tseun Wan slaughterhouses will be suspended from midnight on Friday, as a result of dozens of Covid-19 infections at the abattoirs.
In a statement, authorities said the two slaughterhouses will be closed until further notice, adding that they will be thoroughly disinfected over the weekend.
Officials said they will take appropriate action to maintain a steady supply of meat in Hong Kong and will discuss with mainland representatives the feasibility of transporting goods by railway.
"The HKSAR Government is discussing with the Mainland side to deploy professional and experienced personnel to Hong Kong to assist with the resumption of local fresh meat supply at the soonest opportunity possible, with a view to safeguarding the fresh food supply to the people of Hong Kong," the statement added.
"The HKSAR Government has requested the meat provider and agents, depending on the actual demand, to increase the import of chilled meat to ensure the supply."
Last updated: 2022-02-25 HKT 21:41