The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) issued Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 8 on the evening of July 1 as Severe Tropical Storm CHABA moved closer to the city. This signal will remain in force till before 4 p.m. Many areas of the SAR are still experiencing gale force gusts and storm force winds may occur offshore and on high hills.
When the HKO announced it would hoist a Signal 8 warning, many Hongkongers who need to undergo compulsory Covid-19 testing on July 1 and 2 had questions on social media about how they could get to a testing centre. Here is how a tropical warning signal affects compulsory testing requirements and centres across Hong Kong:
- If a Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 3 or above is issued or post-super typhoon extreme conditions are announced, the date for compulsory testing is extended for one day.
- If a Red or Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is issued, testing is extended for one day.
In addition, the following testing facilities are closed depending on the signal issued by the HKO:
- Community Testing Centres (CTCs): CTCs are closed if Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or higher is hoisted and will reopen if the signal is cancelled before 2 p.m. that day. If a black rainstorm warning signal is issued, residents who have already arrived at the CTCs while they are still open can get tested.
- Mobile specimen collection stations: Outdoor mobile specimen collection stations are closed if Strong Wind Signal No. 3 or Red Rainstorm Warning Signal is hoisted. They will only reopen if the signal is cancelled before 12 p.m. that day. All mobile specimen collection stations are closed if No. 8 Gale or Storm Signal or higher, or a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is hoisted. The mobile stations will only reopen if the signal is cancelled before 2 p.m.
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