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The FCC Lounge & Main Bar will reopen on Sunday Feb 27 with limited food service & implementation of “Vaccine Pass”

The FCC Lounge & Main Bar will reopen on Sunday Feb 27 with limited food service & implementation of “Vaccine Pass”
      
Dear Members:
I am writing to update you that, following our closure due to a preliminary positive Covid infection of a staff member, we will be reopening the Club Lounge & Main Bar on Sunday Feb 27 with limited food service. During the closure, we took the opportunity to deep clean the entire Club premises. There will be no booking available for Feb 27 and the office will resume service on Feb 28. We will ensure that all staff members have completed the rapid test and have a negative result before returning to work. The rest of our outlets will be back to normal operation gradually in the next couple days, so please be patient and stay tuned.
The FCC restrictions will continue as follows:
All restaurants will close at 6 p.m. every day. Last food orders must be made by 5 p.m. and last drinks orders by 5:30 p.m. Maximum 2 persons are allowed per table, each member can bring 1 guest.
The takeaway menu is available from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. The menu can be downloaded from our website at fcchk.org. Please place orders with the FCC Restaurant at 2844 2806 or [email protected]. All orders will be confirmed by a phone call.
No banqueting is available. There will be no in person club luncheon talks but the Club will organize some zoom talks to members.
No music performances will be held at this time.
The gym is closed.
All persons must wear a face mask at all times within Club premises, except when eating or drinking at the table.
               
Please also be aware that the Club is now fully implementing the government's “Vaccine Pass", meaning that anyone aged 12 or above must present a QR code of their vaccination record (at least the 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine) or an exemption certificate for scanning. Anyone who is unable provide valid proof of vaccination will be denied entry to the Club, according to the government’s regulation. You can visit here to know how to obtain a QR code version of a medical exemption certificate.
The “Vaccine Pass” has 3 phrases based on vaccination status. Please refer to the table here.
Members and their guests must scan the “LeaveHomeSafe” QR code before entering the Club, including to use the workroom. Only the specific three groups of persons have the option to either using either the “LeaveHomeSafe” apps or completing a specified form.
Please be aware that mask wearing is a government requirement except when eating and drinking, and anyone not wearing a mask faces a $5000 fine. In case of an inspection and a fine being issued, the Club is not responsible.
Our Members' health, along with that of our team, remains our most important priority. We thank all Members for their understanding and your continued support. Please stay safe, everyone.
Keith Richburg
President
26 February 2022

Important Notice: The FCC is Now Closed until further notice – Staff member tested positive for COVID-19

Important Notice: The FCC is Now Closed until further notice – Staff member tested positive for COVID-19
      
Dear Members:
Unfortunately, we have been notified that one member of our FCC staff has tested preliminary positive for COVID-19 this morning. The staff member was last on duty on Thursday, 17 February in the Lounge and Main Bar, where they wore a mask at all times. The staff member is now staying at home and is in fine condition, showing no symptoms.
Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our Members and staff, we have decided to close the Club with immediate effect. All staff of the FCC will undergo a Government COVID test. The Club will only reopen gradually when we have received the results of all the Staff tests. In the meantime, a deep cleaning and sanitising of the entire Club premises will be undertaken during the period of closure. We will inform members as soon as we can regarding when we are in a position to reopen the Club facilities.
If you have visited the FCC last week and have concerns, you may consider testing or seek medical advice if you’re feeling unwell. Please see the below testing stations for your reference:
Community testing centres
https://www.communitytest.gov.hk/en/info
Mobile specimen collection stations
https://booking.communitytest.gov.hk/_data/pdf/2022-02-21-a-mscs.pdf
Our Members' health, along with that of our team, remains our most important priority. We thank all Members for their understanding and we sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this has caused. We will keep you informed as updates become available.
For questions or concerns, please contact General Manager, Didier Saugy, or Admin Office, Joanne Chung. Table reservation and takeaway is not available until the Club reopens.
Please stay safe.
Keith Richburg
President

Reminder: New club restrictions starting from tomorrow

New club restrictions starting from tomorrow
      
Dear Members:
Please be reminded the latest club restrictions starting from tomorrow February 16, 2022:
All member and guest aged 12 or above must receive at least 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine unless having a medical certificate in order to dine in a group of 4 at restaurants, except Bert’s still allows unvaccinated person seated in a table of 2 until February 23.
The Club will close at 6 p.m.
Last orders for food will be 5 p.m. while last orders for drinks will be 5:30 p.m.
The gym is closed.
A mandatory use of “LeaveHomeSafe” QR code before entering the premise.
“Vaccine Pass” will be fully implemented with effective from February 24.
               
More details about the recent restrictions and “Vaccine Pass”, feel free to visit https://www.fcchk.org/further-tightening-of-restrictions-vaccine-pass-on-feb-24/
Thank you for your continuous support of the FCC. Please take care, stay safe and healthy.
February 15, 2022

Further Tightening of Restrictions & “Vaccine Pass” on Feb 24

Further Tightening of Restrictions & “Vaccine Pass” on Feb 24
      
Dear Members:
As you all know by now, the Hong Kong Government has further tightened epidemic containment measures in light of the drastic deterioration of the epidemic situation in HK, to take effect from February 10 till February 23. The FCC restrictions will be updated as follows:
All restaurants will close at 6 p.m. every day. Last food orders must be made by 5 p.m. and last drinks orders by 5:30 p.m. Some of the restaurants will start moving to Type D operation which will allow all vaccinated members and guests, or those who are medically exempt or below 12 years old to dine in a group of 4. This will be done in different stages as below:
The takeaway menu is available from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. The menu can be downloaded from our website at fcchk.org. Please place orders with the FCC Restaurant at 2844 2806 or [email protected]. All orders will be confirmed by a phone call.
No banqueting is available. There will be no in person club luncheon talks but the Club will organize some zoom talks to members.
No music performances will be held at this time.
The gym is closed.
All persons must wear a face mask at all times within Club premises, except when eating or drinking at the table.
               
Members and their guests must scan the “LeaveHomeSafe” QR code before entering the Club including the workroom. Only the specific three groups of persons have the option to either use the “LeaveHomeSafe” apps or complete a form.
Please be aware that use of the “LeaveHomeSafe” app is a government requirement, and anyone not using it faces a $5000 fine. There is no exception for not having a smartphone or forgetting your smartphone. In case of an inspection and a fine being issued, the Club is not responsible.
Staring from Feb 24, the Club will fully implement the “Vaccine Pass”, meaning that all member and guest aged 12 or above must receive at least the 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine unless having a medical certificate. Anyone who is unable provide valid proof of vaccination will be denied entry to the Club, according to the Government’s regulation. You can visit here (https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/27/P2022012700615.htm) to know how to obtain a QR code version of a medical exemption certificate. Below is the brief timeline to fulfill the “Vaccine Pass” requirement:
Thank you for your continued support of the FCC. Please take care, stay safe and healthy.
9 February 2022

2022 HUMAN RIGHTS PRESS AWARDS: Now Open for Entries

Update: The Human Rights Press Awards have been suspended.


               
2022 HUMAN RIGHTS PRESS AWARDS
Now Open for Entries
(Scroll down for Chinese version)
                      

We are delighted to announce that the Human Rights Press Awards, Asia’s most prestigious honours that recognise outstanding human rights reporting, have returned and are now open for entries. The deadline is February 1, 2022 (11:59 PM, HKT).

The Human Rights Press Awards, now in their 26th year, are organised by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong.

Showcasing this work has become more important than ever as governments around the region step up threats to basic freedoms since the pandemic broke out. This has ranged from locking up journalists, carrying out arbitrary detentions to silencing political opponents.

Submissions must have been reporting about the Asia region and been published or broadcast during the 2021 calendar year. Entries must be in either English or Chinese.

Categories include Breaking News, Feature, Multimedia, Video and Photography. Please go to the website for more details.

Each entry must cite the article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that the work seeks to address. This landmark document sets out the inalienable rights to which every person is entitled. The full text is available here: https://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html

Please mark your calendars and be ready to submit your work!

The online entry form will be open on January 1, 2022 at:
https://humanrightspress.awardsplatform.com/

For further information, please visit:
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And follow us on:
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二零二二年人權新聞獎
現正接受報名
   

亞洲矚目的新聞界盛事、二零二二年人權新聞獎於2022年1月1日起接受報名,誠邀新聞工作者踴躍參與,截止日期為2022年2月1日(香港時間23:59)。

人權新聞獎由香港外國記者會主辦,以表彰亞洲區的卓越人權新聞報道,今年已是第二十六屆。獎項旨在增加公眾對人類基本權利尊重,並令大眾關注任何對這些權利之威脅。

自新冠疫情爆發以來,區內多個政府對基本人權自由之侵害不斷加劇,以防控疫情為由打壓言論自由、集會自由等事件時有發生,令舉辦此獎項更顯重要。

參選作品必須為亞洲區的人權議題採訪報道,並於二零二一年內刊出或公開播放。參賽作品須以中文或英文提交,今屆參賽類別包括:突發新聞、特寫、多媒體、錄像及攝影。詳情請瀏覽人權新聞獎官方網站。

參加者必須註明參選作品與《世界人權宣言》中哪一條人權宣言相關。《世界人權宣言》全文:https://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html

網上報名平台地址:
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亦可追蹤我們的社交平台以獲得最新資訊:
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Mandatory use of “LeaveHomeSafe” app in the Club premise

    
      
Dear Fellow Members,

You may be aware that the Government has announced an update of mandatory use of the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile application to all premises with effect from December 9.

Members and their guests must scan the “LeaveHomeSafe” QR code before entering the Club including health club and workroom. Only the following three groups of persons have the option to either use the “LeaveHomeSafe” apps or complete a form:
  1. Persons aged 65 or above and aged 15 or below;
  2. Persons with disability; and
  3. Other persons recognized by the Government or organization(s) authorized by the Government
Please be aware that use of the “LeaveHomeSafe” app is a government requirement, and anyone not using it faces a $5000 fine. There is no exception for not having a smartphone. The only exception is for visitors under the age of 16, and those 65 or older, who will be allowed fill out a form. Individuals – that is, members and their guests – bear responsibility for using the app.  In case of an inspection and a fine being issued, the Club is not responsible.

I would like to thank all of you for your continued support and willingness to adapt to these varying restrictions and regulations. And I will of course be in touch if anything changes as we monitor the situation and follow the government’s announcements.

Merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing you around the Main Bar.


Keith Richburg

President

9 December 2021

FCC Update on Tighter Restrictions Starting Jan 7

FCC Update on Tighter Restrictions Starting Jan 7
      
Dear Members:
As the Hong Kong government has imposed further restrictions from Jan 7-Jan 20 in view of the COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong, the FCC is required to make some changes to our operations starting on Friday morning, Jan 7. The club will remain open but with the following restrictions:
All restaurants will close at 6 p.m. every day. Last food orders must be made by 5 p.m. and last drinks orders by 5:30 p.m.
The takeaway menu will still be available from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. The menu can be downloaded from our website at fcchk.org. Please place orders with the FCC Restaurant at 2844 2806 or [email protected]. All orders will be confirmed by a phone call.
The FCC will continue to restrict guests to three per member at all times. No more than 4 persons will be allowed at tables in all outlets. All outlets will remain at 75% capacity.
For all club or private events operated under Type D, the FCC will continue to follow all the government restrictions, including the requirement that at least two-thirds of the total number of participants must have received the first vaccine jab and show proof (through a QR code or on paper), and a limit of 6 persons per table.
Club luncheon talks will continue as scheduled, but according to the above restrictions (6 per table and two-thirds showing proof of first vaccination).
No live or music performances will be held at this time.
The gym will be closed.
               
Members and their guests must scan the “LeaveHomeSafe” QR code before entering the Club including the workroom. Only the specific three groups of persons have the option to either use the “LeaveHomeSafe” apps or complete a form.
Please be aware that use of the “LeaveHomeSafe” app is a government requirement, and anyone not using it faces a $5000 fine. There is no exception for not having a smartphone or forgetting your smartphone. In case of an inspection and a fine being issued, the Club is not responsible.
We are sorry we have to adhere to these new restrictions, just as the Club was regaining its old verve and rhythm. We hope these restrictions are short term and we want everyone to stay safe and healthy.
Thank you for your continued support of the FCC.
6 January 2022

FCC Restrictions Continue To Remain In Place

FCC Restrictions Continue To Remain In Place
      
Dear Members:
The Hong Kong Government has announced that the current restriction measures will remain in effect until February 17, the FCC restrictions will continue to remain in place with the following:
All restaurants closes at 6 p.m. every day. Last food orders must be made by 5 p.m. and last drinks orders by 5:30 p.m. See our Chinese New Year operating hours at https://www.fcchk.org/event/2022-chinese-new-year-opening-hours/
The takeaway menu is available from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. (but until 5:30 p.m. on Jan 31 Chinese New Year’s Eve). The menu can be downloaded from our website at fcchk.org. Please place orders with the FCC Restaurant at 2844 2806 or [email protected]. All orders will be confirmed by a phone call.
The FCC continues to restrict guests to three per member at all times. No more than 4 persons will be allowed at tables in all outlets. All outlets will remain at 75% capacity.
For all club or private events operated under Type D, the FCC will continue to follow all the government restrictions, including the requirement that at least two-thirds of the total number of participants must have received the first vaccine jab and show proof (through a QR code or on paper), and a limit of 6 persons per table.
Club luncheon talks will continue as scheduled, but according to the above restrictions (6 per table and two-thirds showing proof of first vaccination).
No music performances will be held at this time.
The gym is closed.
All persons must wear a face mask at all times within Club premises, except when eating or drinking at the table.
               
Members and their guests must scan the “LeaveHomeSafe” QR code before entering the Club including the workroom. Only the specific three groups of persons have the option to either use the “LeaveHomeSafe” apps or complete a form.
Please be aware that use of the “LeaveHomeSafe” app is a government requirement, and anyone not using it faces a $5000 fine. There is no exception for not having a smartphone or forgetting your smartphone. In case of an inspection and a fine being issued, the Club is not responsible.
The Government is going to expand the “Vaccine Bubble” starting from Feb 24 or before, meaning that all member and guest above aged 12 must receive at least the 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine unless having a medical certificate. The effective date may change subject to the latest Government announcement.
Thank you for your continued support of the FCC. Please take care, stay safe and healthy.
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
29 January 2022

FCC Restrictions Continue To Remain In Place

FCC Restrictions Continue To Remain In Place
      
Dear Members:
The Hong Kong Government has announced that the current restriction measures will remain in effect until February 3, the FCC restrictions will continue to remain in place with the following:
All restaurants closes at 6 p.m. every day. Last food orders must be made by 5 p.m. and last drinks orders by 5:30 p.m. See our Chinese New Year operating hours at https://www.fcchk.org/event/2022-chinese-new-year-opening-hours/
The takeaway menu is available from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. (but until 5:30 p.m. on Jan 31 Chinese New Year’s Eve). The menu can be downloaded from our website at fcchk.org. Please place orders with the FCC Restaurant at 2844 2806 or [email protected]. All orders will be confirmed by a phone call.
The FCC continues to restrict guests to three per member at all times. No more than 4 persons will be allowed at tables in all outlets. All outlets will remain at 75% capacity.
For all club or private events operated under Type D, the FCC will continue to follow all the government restrictions, including the requirement that at least two-thirds of the total number of participants must have received the first vaccine jab and show proof (through a QR code or on paper), and a limit of 6 persons per table.
Club luncheon talks will continue as scheduled, but according to the above restrictions (6 per table and two-thirds showing proof of first vaccination).
No music performances will be held at this time.
The gym is closed.
All persons must wear a face mask at all times within Club premises, except when eating or drinking at the table.
               
Members and their guests must scan the “LeaveHomeSafe” QR code before entering the Club including the workroom. Only the specific three groups of persons have the option to either use the “LeaveHomeSafe” apps or complete a form.
Please be aware that use of the “LeaveHomeSafe” app is a government requirement, and anyone not using it faces a $5000 fine. There is no exception for not having a smartphone or forgetting your smartphone. In case of an inspection and a fine being issued, the Club is not responsible.
You may also aware that the Government is going to expand the “Vaccine Bubble” starting from Feb 24 or before, meaning that all member and guest above aged 12 must receive at least the 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine unless having a medical certificate. The effective date may change subject to the latest Government announcement.
Thank you for your continued support of the FCC. Please take care, stay safe and healthy.
21 January 2022

Concerns Rising Over Weakening Media Freedoms in Hong Kong, FCC Press Freedom Survey Shows

    
Concerns Rising Over Weakening Media Freedoms in
Hong Kong, FCC Press Freedom Survey Shows
      

Journalists and correspondents in Hong Kong say working conditions have deteriorated significantly since the introduction of the National Security Law, while large numbers report growing concern about the possibility of a “fake news” law that could further erode press freedoms in the city, according to a new survey from the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong.

In a wide-ranging survey of the FCC’s correspondent and journalist members, 84% of respondents said the working environment for journalism has “changed for the worse” since the law’s introduction in June 2020.

At the same time, 91% of respondents said they were either “very concerned” (76%) or “slightly concerned” (15%) about the possible introduction of a fake news law.

Concern has been heightened by the fact that, since the enactment of the National Security Law, there has been a drastic decline in the willingness of sources to be quoted–86% of respondents said their sources were less willing to be quoted or to discuss sensitive subjects, and there is concern that even relatively neutral topics might be deemed “a bit political.”

It has become very difficult for journalists to tell what is a sensitive topic: Only about half (52%) of respondents said they had a clear sense of where the government’s “red lines” were now. Moreover, respondents gave a wide range of definitions of “sensitive” and several noted that this definition could change at any time.

Most respondents (56%) said they had, to some degree, self-censored or avoided reporting on what might be considered sensitive stories. Others had deleted images out of security concerns, and there is widespread concern among journalists over digital and physical surveillance. Nearly half of the respondents (46%) said they were now considering or already had plans to leave Hong Kong because of the decline in press freedom in the city.

“These results clearly show that assurances that Hong Kong still enjoys press freedom, guaranteed under the Basic Law, are not enough,” FCC President Keith Richburg said. “More steps need to be taken to restore confidence among journalists and to make sure Hong Kong maintains its decades-long reputation as a welcoming place for the international media.”

Amid the uncertain working environment for reporters in Hong Kong, respondents noted that fake news laws have been created by authoritarian governments around the world to suppress unfavourable coverage. And there are already signs that the Hong Kong government and the police could label unfavourable coverage as “fake news”, as detailed in the FCC’s open letter on 22 April to then-Police Commissioner Chris Tang.

The FCC urges the Hong Kong government to heed the concerns of our members and take action to restore confidence among working journalists in the city. We ask the government to consider very carefully the impact a “fake news” law would have not only on the media here but also on Hong Kong’s international reputation for press freedom.

The FCC’s membership includes reporters and editors from major media outlets around the world, and from across Hong Kong’s diverse media landscape. Read the full FCC survey report here.

Contact: [email protected]


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