Starting late February, the K11 Musea shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui has become the most recent epicentre of the pandemic in Hong Kong. It was largely fuelled by a super spreader – an employee in the mall's restaurant Mr Ming's Chinese Dining. In response, the mall closed down for deep cleaning and mandatory employee Covid-testing, which lasted for almost an entire week.
Following K11 Musea's reopening on Saturday (6 March), Adrian Cheng Chi-kong, founder of the K11 brand and CEO of K11 Musea's parent company, New World Development, showed his appreciation by rewarding all employees at K11 Musea with HK$3800, including all outsourced staff, such as cleaners and security guards.
In his thank you letter, Cheng expressed gratitude to employees for their professionalism, agility, hard work and dedication in the face of the critical challenge experienced in the past week. He wrote that he "was proud to work with such an outstanding team", citing employees as the core reason for the business' quick bounce back.
K11 Musea employs about 2000 workers. During the abrupt closure, all employees of K11 Musea and its tenants were required to get Covid-tested twice.
About 50 infections have been linked to the Mr Ming's Chinese Dining cluster since 19 February. The confirmed case of an employee who worked for Cartier at the K11 Musea branch stoked fear about an uncontrollable and hidden spread, leading to a temporary closure of the mall in early March.