Hong Kong will scrap its controversial COVID-19 hotel quarantine
policy for all arrivals from early October, more than 2-1/2 years
after it was first adopted, news portal HK01 said on Thursday,
citing unidentified sources, Trend reports citing Reuters .
The move is set to be announced next week, it added.
The city's leader, John Lee, said this week he wanted to keep
the city connected with the rest of the world and allow an 'orderly
opening-up' but did not specify exactly when the quarantine policy
would be changed.
Taking its cues from China which is pursuing a zero-COVID
policy, Hong Kong is one of the few places in the world to still
require travellers from abroad to quarantine upon arrival although
the length of quarantine has eased over time.
Hong Kong residents and businesses have slammed the policy,
saying it and other strict COVID rules threaten the city's
competitiveness and standing as a global financial centre.
Currently, arrivals must pay for three days in a hotel and
follow that with four days of self-monitoring. The new rules will
abolish the need for arrivals from overseas to do quarantine at
designated hotels. Residents will be able to go straight home and
self monitor for seven days, HK01 said.
Currently people who are required to self monitor are allowed to
move around the city although there are some limits on the types of
places they can access.
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