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FCC to Reopen March 13, Announces Enhanced Travel Disclosure Plans

FCC to Reopen March 13, Announces Enhanced Travel Disclosure Plans

The FCC will reopen as scheduled on Friday 13th March. The deep cleaning of the club has been completed and we would like to thank members for their support and understanding during this period. The Club looks forward to welcoming back members and all programmed events will take place as scheduled.

Amid the coronavirus, the FCC will continue with measures to ensure the health and safety of our members and staff including screening temperatures and requiring all members and guests to check in and note their recent travel histories.

Based on World Health Organization and Hong Kong government guidance, in addition to mainland China, we will now ask that members who have been to the following locations in the past 14 days do not enter the club. This includes Italy; Hokkaido, Japan; Seattle, Washington; South Korea; Iran; France; Germany and Spain. This list may change as the path of the virus shifts.

Additionally, any guests or members who have recently visited other hot spots for coronavirus around the world should not visit the club within 14 days of their trip to ensure the health and safety of others.

Thank you.
12 March 2020

 

FCC to Close Until March 13 For Deep Cleaning Amid Coronavirus

FCC to Close Until March 13 For Deep Cleaning Amid Coronavirus

The club has been informed today that an FCC member has been confirmed as having the coronavirus and was hospitalized on Friday 6 March.

He last visited the club 19 days ago, using the main lounge at lunchtime on February 20. Out of an abundance of caution, we are closing the club for a deep cleaning from tonight and reopening on Friday.

The club will be closed from 6pm Tuesday 10, reopening as normal on Friday 13 March.

The health and safety of our members and staff, as well as their comfort and confidence, is our priority and we believe these measures are an appropriate response.

We are communicating with FEHD and other relevant government agencies.

Our affected member was reported to be in a stable condition. He was quarantined Thursday 5 March after a close family member tested positive for the virus. We wish him and his family a speedy recovery and our thoughts are with them.

The club has already introduced several measures to ensure the health of our members and staff, including screening visitors’ temperatures, checking recent travel histories and asking people who’ve visited specific places to self-quarantine  for 14 days. We will continue to review those procedures as the situation evolves.

For members with further questions, the club will operate a hotline – 2521 1511 – between 9am and 9pm from Wednesday through Friday.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the club on Friday.

 

FCC Update on Restrictions

FCC Update on Restrictions

Dear Members:

As the Hong Kong government is tightening restrictions given a recent uptick in coronavirus cases in the city, the FCC will make some changes starting Saturday, July 11. Events, banqueting and live music will continue, though table configurations and capacity at events will shift given the new rules.

Changes include:

  • No more than eight people will be allowed per table.

 

  • The occupancy of the club will be reduced to 60%, which the staff will manage. Event capacity will be reduced slightly and events are filling up quickly, and tables fill up at lunch and dinner time, so book in advance.

 

  • No more than four people will be allowed in groups around the bar. We will bring back the small tables near the bar.

 

The gym will remain open, though the sauna and steam room remain closed per government rules.

The FCC will continue to restrict guests to three per member at all times in the Main Bar and Lounge and in Bert’s.

In keeping with government requirements and best practices, all members, guests and staff must wear face masks except when eating or drinking, and hand sanitizer must be used by all. The FCC also will continue the check-in, temperature taking and declaration measures upon entry to the club, as well as the frequent cleaning protocols throughout the building.

10 July 2020

 

 

‘Marked deterioration’ in conditions for foreign media in China: FCCC annual report

The Chinese government is using “visas as weapons” against foreign journalists on an unprecedented scale amid a marked deterioration in working conditions for international media, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) says in its annual report.

More than 80% of correspondents surveyed for the report say that they had experienced “interference, harassment or violence” while reporting. The three most sensitive coverage areas have been the Hong Kong protests, the situation in Xinjiang and any criticism of President Xi Jinping.

Correspondents have faced “harassment and intimidation” over their coverage of the protests in Hong Kong, including invasive checks on their belongings and equipment while crossing the border, the report says.

In the latest example of foreign media being targeted, three journalists from the Wall Street Journal were expelled in February over an opinion piece written by a columnist.

Correspondents reported increasing difficulty in obtaining visa renewals in 2019, with at least 12 receiving credentials valid for six months or less.

Expulsions and shortened visas are a “very ominous sign”, says Steven Lee Myers, Beijing bureau chief for the New York Times, according to the report. The government’s “desire for control, or their wariness of scrutiny, really gets in the way of the stories China does have to tell”.

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China is a Beijing-based professional association comprising correspondents from more than 25 countries and regions. More than 100 FCC members responded to the FCCC survey that was carried out last December and formed the basis of the report’s findings.

The full report is published here.

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