LettersHarsh Covid-19 rules raise risks of Hong Kong expat exodus
- Such a tight grip on Covid-19 measures, including travel and leisure restrictions, would be justified if untraceable local cases were rising rapidly and hospitals were filling up. But this is no longer the case
Hong Kong is a place like no other. For one, it definitely has a confused cultural identity. With a beautifully messy, diverse culture and a colonial history added to the mix, the international culture in Hong Kong is enigmatic and enticing for those from abroad.
Yet, this cultural diversity is quickly slipping away as expats leave by the droves. Why? The answer is simple.
With the government’s insufficient differentiation in Covid-19 measures for those vaccinated, the continued travel restrictions, and with no clear end to these measures in sight, what is left of the city is simply the stress and the expense, at heightened levels. Neither of which, unfortunately, are particularly captivating aspects of the city.
Joanne T. Tsang, Tung Chung
‘Jailing’ Hongkongers can’t be a long-term solution
Hong Kong should now start to open up travel bubbles with other destinations and only require quarantine from countries with higher risks of Covid infection. We need to make a start and allow local residents to travel abroad for holidays.
While the quarantine measures have dampened the sentiment of travel, we may not realise that indirectly we are jailing residents within Hong Kong’s borders without any travel choices. Fully vaccinated people should be allowed to travel and return with no quarantine requirements.
If we don’t relax our quarantine standards, it will ultimately impact the local economy and devastate businesses and it may even cause property prices to decline.
We cannot afford to mismanage this city while the rest of the world is opening up.
Rishi Teckchandani, Mid-Levels