Hong Kong will require all government employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or tested for the virus every three days, authorities announced on Tuesday.
The news rules will come into effect on Jan. 3, the statement said.
Employees who have a medical certificate showing that they are unfit to receive Covid-19 vaccinations will be reimbursed for the costs of the tests, while other employees will have to pay for them at their own expense.
The government said the new measures are a response to “the growing number of infection cases involving high transmissibility mutated strains of Covid-19 in the world”.
Hong Kong has followed mainland China in adopting a “dynamic zero-covid strategy”, closing its borders to non-residents for much of the pandemic and imposing strict quarantine requirements for returning residents.
It has not registered any locally transmitted cases of the Omicron variant so far.