The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) has announced today that the Food Licence Holders Subsidy Scheme and Licensed Hawkers Subsidy Scheme under the Anti-Epidemic Fund is now open for applications.
The schemes were created by the government to aid the F&B sector, which has recently been devastated by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Food Licence Holders Subsidy Scheme will provide financial support and is available to eight different types of food-business licence holders. It is expected that approximately 28,000 licensees will be able to qualify for the scheme. The aid available includes:
- A one-off subsidy of $200,000 will be provided to eligible licence holders of the premises in operation to include general restaurants, marine restaurants and factory canteens.
- A subsidy of $80,000 will be provided to eligible licence holders of the premises in operation to include light refreshment restaurants, fresh provision shops, food factories, bakeries and siu mei and lo mei shops.
The Licensed Hawkers Subsidy Scheme will offer a $5,000 subsidy to each eligible licensee of a hawker licence, which must remain valid when the application is approved. It does not apply to those newly issued with a licence. The scheme aims to benefit 5,500 licensees.
Approval is expected to take around two weeks from application time. The deadline for applications is 4 May 2020 at 5pm.
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