Letters | Hotel quarantine over, Hong Kong must still try and catch up with cities like Singapore
- Readers discuss hopes for the city to balance health protection with restoring its vibrant local culture, and how to ensure the success of an upcoming key financial summit
The government has finally scrapped the hotel quarantine and said there was room for more easing down the line. This is certainly a good sign. A three-day medical surveillance requirement is miles better than the seven-day quarantine or the 3+4 arrangement in place previously.
So, what’s next from here? Many cities exempt people who are fully vaccinated from any quarantine, surveillance or testing, and only require those who are not fully vaccinated to submit rapid antigen tests daily. They also do not limit travellers from visiting anywhere in the city.
Hong Kong should start implementing these policies in the coming weeks or months to keep up with other world-class cities.
As a world city, it is imperative that we balance welcoming international travellers and restoring the vibrant culture of Hong Kong while keeping residents safe from Covid-19 and other diseases.
With the latest steps taken by the government, I am hopeful that we can fully open up to the world in the near future.
Koios Pang, Cheung Sha Wan
Reopening crucial to ensure success of financial summit
Unlike Singapore, however, as of now Hong Kong still requires all visitors to undergo three days of self-monitoring, during which they are not allowed to visit a list of venues including restaurants. Despite assurances from government officials that the summit will be successfully held, it’s hard to imagine the measures would not affect attendance.
As different sectors of the community call in one voice for the city’s reopening, merely tweaking the restrictive measures would no longer meet public expectations.
Dr Jacky Ng, chairman, Internet Society Hong Kong