The University has implemented a wide array of precautionary measures against COVID-19 in the student halls and will review them from time to time to safeguard the health of our hall residents. To this end, the key measures which include but not limited to the following will be implemented in the residential year of 2022-23, subject to the development of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay tuned to the University/SAO’s announcement for the latest anti-epidemic policy and measures.
I. The University’s Vaccination Requirements on Regular Campus Users (Applicable to all student-residents)
Starting from 31 May 2022, all regular campus users must have received three doses of COVID-19 vaccine in order to fulfill the University’s vaccination requirement. There is a 6-month grace period for those who have already received two doses (Note 1) before 31 May 2022. Those unable to fulfil the University’s vaccination requirement are required to produce a medical exemption certificate (Note 1) as proof of being unfit for vaccination or the documentary proof of COVID-19 recovery / infection record as proof of being not required to receive additional dose(s) according to a specified timeframe.
1. A negative COVID-19 test result (Note 2) issued within 3 days prior to the day of campus entry is still required for those possessing medical exemption certificate and those who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine for not more than 14 days during the grace period.
2. Apart from tests taken at a Community Testing Centre (CTS) or a recognised local medical testing institution with the test results using combined nasal and throat swabs, test results obtained through self-tests by rapid antigen test (RAT) kits will also be accepted for the purpose of reporting on the University’s Vaccination/Testing Reporting (VTR) system (https://covid19vtr.eduhk.hk/). If RAT results are used, please keep a copy of the photo of the test results (with dates of tests marked) plus medical exemption certificate for checking by the University upon request. Please note that costs of the RAT kits are not reimbursable and not eligible for application of financial subsidy for the COVID-19 tests.
II. Presentation of Vaccination/Testing/Medical/Infection History Proof(s) for Verification to Gain Access to Student Halls
All student-residents should fulfill the University’s latest vaccination requirements on regular campus users, declare/update their vaccination/testing status/infection history on the University’s Vaccination/Testing Reporting (VTR) System (https://covid19vtr.eduhk.hk/) timely. They should also present the following documentation proofs to the respective Hall Management Office (HMOs) for verification on the check-in day, or after check-in day if regular testing is required. Otherwise, their access to the student halls will be suspended.
(a) For student-residents who are medically unfit for vaccination and are required to undergo regular test every three days, apart from tests taken at a Community Testing Centre (CTS) or a recognised local medical testing institution with the test results using combined nasal and throat swabs, test results obtained through self-tests by rapid antigen test (RAT) kits will also be accepted for campus and hall access. If RAT results are used, please present a copy of the photo of the test result (with date of test marked and your SID card placed next to the test result) to the HMO for verification every three days. Please note that costs of the RAT kits are not reimbursable and not eligible for application of financial subsidy for the COVID-19 tests.
(b) For student-residents with infection history declared, they are required to present the documentation proof (Isolation Order / certificate of discharge from hospital) to respective HMO for verification. SMS message is not accepted.
[Note: For students who have presented the relevant documentation proof(s) to the Hall Management Office for verification already for 2021-22 hall residence or Summer Residence, their verification record will be stored on the hall access system, therefore, no presentation is required.]
III. Compulsory Quarantine and/or Self-monitoring for Student-residents Returning from Other Countries/Regions
- For students returning from other countries or regions, they should complete the compulsory quarantine off-campus (if applicable), as required by the HKSAR Government at their own cost. All student-residents should present the documentation proofs for completion of the compulsory quarantine to the respective Hall Management Office for verification on the check-in day.
- Subject to the availability of hall places, if non-local students are also required to conduct self-monitoring after off-campus compulsory quarantine, they can opt for undergoing their self-monitoring in the student halls. However, upon check-in, they should stay in the designated isolation room in the student halls for the first three days before moving to the assigned hall/bed place.
[Note: Specified requirements imposed by the HKSAR Government on inbound travellers who have visited specified places can be found on this web link (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html). The arrangements include boarding and compulsory quarantine arrangements for persons arriving in Hong Kong. The Government COVID-19 Whatsapp helpline (Tel: 9617 1823).]
IV. Handling Procedures for COVID-19 Cases in Student Halls
Student-residents who have tested COVID-19 positive or have been classified as a close contact of a confirmed case should report their case to respective Hall Management Office and the Center for Health Protection (CHP) IMMEDIATELY. For details, please refer to “Handling Procedures for COVID-19 Cases in Student Halls, 2022-23 (Updated on 17 June 2022)” as set out in the Annex.
V. Other Precautionary Measures in the Student Halls
Other precautionary measures including ‘No visitors’ policy’, body temperature check at the hall entrance, provision of hand sanitizer in common rooms and areas, enhanced cleansing and disinfection of hall facilities, social distancing policy for hall activities, etc., will be in force until further notice.