We will always remember the Metropole, Amoy Gardens and Prince of Wales ... but they would rather forget The Sars report has become the talk of the town - but people who were hit hard by the outbreak avoided talking about it yesterday. While the Sars independent committee was busy explaining its findings, others chose not comment on it. They included staff at the Metropole Hotel, nurses and doctors at the Prince of Wales Hospital and residents of Amoy Gardens' Block E. The Metropole Hotel, tucked away in Mongkok, had for years been a name better known to the hundreds of mainland tourists who passed through its doors each day than to people in Hong Kong. Few could have imagined that a virus could put the hotel on the international map. In March, it emerged that Hong Kong's Sars 'patient zero' - Guangzhou medical professor Liu Jianlun - stayed on the ninth floor of the hotel briefly before he died in Prince of Wales Hospital. The hotel's occupancy rate soon dropped to a record low. In June, the hotel proudly announced that it would turn room 911 - where Liu had stayed - into a Sars museum. Seven months after the outbreak, the occupancy rate has picked up. The corridor on the ninth floor is dim, but clean. Guests come and go without wearing masks. 'The ninth floor is re-opened now. The plan to turn room 911 into a museum has been scrapped. But our manager would rather not discuss the Sars report,' a hotel spokeswoman said. And the Metropole's manager is not the only person keeping a low profile. Nurses and doctors at ward 8A of the Prince of Wales Hospital, where Liu was admitted and subsequently passed the virus to dozens of medical staff, tried to keep reporters away yesterday. The ward's nurses and doctors declined to comment on the expert panel's findings regarding the hospital's initial response to the disease. Some of the medical workers wore masks, but still tried to avoid cameras by walking quickly along the corridor and keeping their eyes to the floor. 'The staff have nothing to say. The nurses and doctors working here might not be the same nurses and doctors who were here in March,' said one medical staff member, who suggested that we leave. At the location with the highest casualties of the outbreak - Block E at Amoy Gardens - life seemed to go on as usual yesterday. After making newspaper headlines almost daily during the outbreak, residents seem to feel they have had enough of the media spotlight. Most of those spoken to were not prepared to comment on the release of the expert report. Block E resident Mrs Yeung, who declined to say which floor she lived on, said one of her family members had contracted Sars in March but recovered. 'It's not fair that nobody is now being held responsible for the Sars outbreak. Maybe Yeoh Eng-kiong should resign,' she said. The chairman of the Amoy Gardens owners committee, Ip Hing-kwok, said Sars victims were considering suing the government. 'Very few people want to talk about it now, although almost half of them or their family members fell victim to Sars,' he said. That was understandable. After going through quarantine in April and losing many of their neighbours to Sars, it was little wonder residents did not want to relive bitter memories of the past. Many instead are striving to get their lives back to normal. The Amoy Gardens shopping arcade, which was once a ghost town, was full of shoppers yesterday. The restaurants nearby were busy with diners. It appeared that one report would not halt their efforts to recover.