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21 October 2020
On 8 April 2020 the government announced a second round of anti-epidemic relief measures worth HK$137.5 billion. Such measures included the HK$80 billion Employment Support Scheme (ESS) (for further details please see "Employers' guide to Employment Support Scheme"), which provides a wage subsidy to eligible employers for six months in exchange for them:
Applications for the first and second phases of the ESS ended on 14 June 2020 and 13 September 2020, respectively. On 15 September 2020 the government announced the introduction of a third round of the anti-epidemic fund. The HK$24 billion package will assist specific industries and people who are most affected by the pandemic.
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