‘Why are we paying the price for Cathay’s mistake?’: Quarantined restaurant staff

Cathay Pacific enabled crews to spread the virus and made innocent people pay the price on their behalf as they were sent to quarantine centers, 22 Moon Palace staffers said, Festival Walk said in a statement. communicated.

The comments came as more than 300 people, including 22 staff from the Kowloon Tong restaurant, were sent to the Penny’s Bay quarantine center before 2022 after being identified as close contacts of the infected patients.

Signing the statement as “the chosen 22 sent to the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Center”, they posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page on Sunday, describing the 21-day isolation as a “jail sentence”, saying the past four days were the most difficult in their lives, while ordinary citizens celebrated the New Year holidays.

“We can’t sleep at night and can’t stop thinking about what we did wrong. Why are we, our family and our children put in Penny’s Bay? Why are we paying the price for the mistakes of Cathay?” he wrote.

Meanwhile, the statement also said the restaurant is trying hard to follow the SAR’s Covid guidelines, but has yet to take the hit for such a “disaster”, putting the survival of the business at risk.

“This year’s New Year’s wish is to reunite with our family after the 21-day quarantine and pray that the government will allow the restaurant to resume operations,” the statement added.

The Moon Palace cluster has so far seen five people test positive for the virus, including the index case of a Cathay Pacific flight attendant, who the airline said breached its home isolation protocol.

“Failure to comply with medical surveillance rules will result in disciplinary proceedings. Two of the individuals are no longer employed by Cathay Pacific,” the airline said in a statement.

The airline told The Standard on Monday that the actions of these individuals are extremely disappointing, as they undermine the otherwise exemplary dedication and compliance demonstrated by our more than 10,000 crew members.

“Cathay Pacific is acutely aware of the critical importance of complying with anti-pandemic measures in Hong Kong and overseas, and apologizes for any inconvenience and disruption caused by these instances of non-compliance. Cathay Pacific will continue to work closely with the Office of Transportation and Housing as well as health authorities to enhance public health protection,” he said.

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