In view of the latest development of the Novel Coronavirus, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) has taken the following strengthened measures for reducing the risk of the spread of the virus in the community. The measures have been taken into consideration the guidelines of the Hong Kong Government and the operational needs of the Institute. The Institute will closely monitor the development of the outbreak for timely review of our measures.
- Except for important affairs of the Institute that must be handled face-to-face, all local meetings, lectures, study tours and other activities should be cancelled as far as possible, or replaced by alternatives such as live webcast, online conferences, circulation by email, etc. until further notice.
- All meetings or study tours to Mainland China are to be postponed until further notice.
- HKIA Office will remain open at its normal office hours to provide Members with essential and basic services. However, as the Secretariat adopts flexible arrangement allowing staff to work at home from 30 January to 8 February, some services may need to be handled by phone or email. We plead for Members’ kind consideration. The arrangement will be reviewed in accordance with the outbreak development.
- Secretariat staff who have been to Mainland China in the past 14 days need to stay home for at least 14 days upon their return to Hong Kong. For some staff members who must have their work completed first at office due to their work nature, they were requested to wear surgical masks in the office and report their health conditions, such as body temperature, to the Head of Administration daily. All the staff concerned have completed their office work and have started working at home. For other staff members, they can also choose to work at home. The measure is to be implemented tentatively until 8 February, and the Institute will review the situation later.
- The Institute has arranged daily cleaning and disinfection of the HKIA Office. Staff members are provided with protective materials such as surgical masks and hand sanitizer. Staff are also reminded to pay attention to personal hygiene so as to work together to reduce the risk of virus spread.
3 February 2020