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April
LCSD supports Territory-wide Cleansing Day in full swing

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To tie in with the Government's Territory-wide Cleansing Day (April 19) to combat atypical pneumonia, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will step up cleansing and disinfection of all its leisure and cultural venues over the Easter Holidays.

This forms part of the department's continuous efforts to keep the venue environment clean.

A department spokesman said cleaning contractors and regular staff would join forces to mount special cleansing operations at major leisure and cultural venues this weekend. These include sports centres, parks and playgrounds, swimming pools, public libraries, museums, civic centres, stadiums and performing venues.

"The special operations will also cover some other 1,300 leisure venues without regular staff to complement the routine cleaning work. This will continue throughout the week to show our active participation and fullest support for the Territory-wide Cleansing Day."

The department has been making sustained efforts to combat atypical pneumonia since its outbreak and issued guidelines to the cleaning contractors at all venues to remind them to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease in community.

All the facilities, especially lift buttons, hand rails of escalators and entrance doors and toilets are disinfected thoroughly several times a day according to specific guidelines.

In addition, the contractors have to make sure that all venues' ventilation systems are functioning properly, are cleaned and maintained regularly and that toilets have liquid soap, toilet paper and disposable paper towels.

The contractors have also been reminded to provide their cleaners with proper protective gear such as face masks and gloves.

"Our management staff will inspect and closely monitor each venue every day to ensure the effectiveness of the operational measures and the contractors' compliance with the issued guidelines to step up the cleanliness standard of all our venues," the spokesman said.

"The department will strive to take any necessary precautionary measures at our venues to provide a clean and safe environment for members of the public to enjoy their cultural and recreational pursuits."

End/Friday, April 18, 2003

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