On Sundays, one can usually encounter a large number of Filipino maids gathered at various spots in Central, including the ground floor of the HSBC Hong Kong headquarters building. Many maids in Hong Kong have Sunday as their fixed once-a-week working day off, during which they socialize, eat self-prepared food, sing, and even sell various items. This is such a long-standing practice that the "No littering"-signs in the vicinity are written in three languages: Chinese, English and Tagalog.
Sanitation is generally good in Hong Kong, and the associated health risk for most Filipino domestic helpers working in the territory is generally minimal. The most usual adverse conditions they encounter (which may be detrimental to their health - physical or psychological) include lack of sleep/rest (and potentially insomnia), loneliness or anxiety, and the small space in which they live (most Hong Kong families live in small apartments, and they often house their domestic helpers in even smaller rooms, sometimes no larger than the size of a closet). A number also have to wait until the rest of the family has retired and then sleep on a mat or the sofa.