The Transport Department (TD) announced that the special work arrangements at the TD's Licensing Offices will continue until further notice. The Licensing Offices at Admiralty, Cheung Sha Wan, Kwun Tong and Sha Tin will continue to suspend walk-in counter services, but will provide counter services for applications submitted by applicants with online appointments and process applications submitted by drop-in boxes, by post, or online (except for the direct issue of a full Hong Kong driving licence).
In view of the epidemic situation, the ICAC announced that starting from January 7, the Commission will continue to maintain essential and emergency public services.
To align with the Government's announcement on January 5 to extend the special work arrangements for government employees until January 20, the Buildings Department (BD) announced that it will continue to provide emergency and essential public services during this period. The services will be mainly handling public reports on building safety and unauthorised building works in progress, processing critical statutory submissions for new developments and applications for registration of building professionals and contractors, providing advisory services for licensing authorities, implementing Operation Building Bright 2.0, and conducting the special operation to inspect the fire safety of old domestic and composite buildings.
In light of the extension of the special work arrangements for government employees, the Rating and Valuation Department announced that starting from this January 7, the opening hours of its enquiry counters will be adjusted as follows to provide essential counter services to members of the public until further notice. Opening hours of enquiry counters: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am to 1pm (public holidays excluded).
In view of the extension of special work arrangements for government employees until January 20, a spokesman for the Education Bureau (EDB) announced that all Regional Education Offices and the Joint Office for Kindergartens and Child Care Centres will continue to provide emergency services and essential public services during this period.
The Planning Department announced that the department will extend its special arrangements for provision of public services until further notice and only essential public services will be provided.
The Legislative Council (LegCo) Secretariat (Secretariat) will continue to arrange staff to work from home until January 20, except those who are responsible for servicing Council meetings or committee meetings and maintaining basic operation of the Secretariat, and those performing on-site duties.
The Yau Ma Tei Marine Office, the Tuen Mun Marine Office, the Sai Kung Marine Office, the Tai Po Marine Office, the Aberdeen Marine Office, the Cheung Chau Marine Office and the Shau Kei Wan Marine Office; the seafarers' examination and certification services; mercantile marine services; and local vessel surveying and enquiry services will continue to be suspended until January 20. Those who have made an appointment for services or examinations will be separately informed of alternative arrangements. The licensing and port formalities services at the Central Marine Office and other services provided by the MD will remain unaffected.
The Social Welfare Department announced that all child care centres and special child care centres will continue to temporarily suspend services until the Chinese New Year holidays.
The Education Bureau has decided that all kindergartens, primary and secondary schools (including special schools and schools offering non-local curriculum) as well as schools offering non-formal curriculum (commonly known as “tutorial schools”) will continue the suspension of face-to-face classes and school activities after 10 January 2021. The suspension will continue until the beginning of schools’ Chinese New Year holidays.