HONG KONG – UBS Group AG has offered its Hong Kong staff up to HK$2,000 ($256.45) a day to help cover mandatory hotel quarantine costs as the city maintains some of the strictest COVID-19 restrictions in the world.
In a memo seen by Reuters, the bank said full-time employees up to executive director level would be eligible for the payments between now and the end of November 2022.
A UBS spokesperson in Hong Kong confirmed the contents of the memo.
Hong Kong requires 21-day compulsory hotel quarantine for arrivals from most countries which is paid for by the traveler.
The city last week banned non-residents from entering Hong Kong from a further four African countries and will expand that to travelers who have been to Australia, Canada, Israel, and six European countries in the past 21 days due to fears over the coronavirus Omicron variant.
Hong Kong is one of the final places in the world pursuing a zero-COVID-19 strategy and has some of the tightest travel restrictions.
In coming months it hopes to partially reopen the border with mainland China, which also has no tolerance for coronavirus cases.
$1 = 7.7988 Hong Kong dollars