Hong Kong to reopen some public facilities on May 6

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  • The Leisure and Cultural Services Department said libraries, museums and some outdoor sports facilities will reopen.
  • In addition, mainland students, teachers and some business people will be allowed to cross the border without being required to quarantine. 
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The LCSD announced it will be reopening many public facilities beginning May 6.

Hong Kong is set to reopen public facilities including museums, sports centres and libraries, the government announced on Tuesday after health officials reported no new coronavirus infections for a third consecutive day.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) said libraries, museums and some outdoor sports facilities would reopen on May 6 while performance venues would remain closed until the end of the month.

Earlier in the day, Health Secretary Sophia Chan told the press that border restrictions would be eased for some Mainland citizens.

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From midnight local time, cross-border students, teachers, and those with business “beneficial to Hong Kong” will be exempt from 14-day home quarantine and testing, which is set to remain mandatory for flight passengers.

Hong Kong has seen a dramatic drop off in cases in recent weeks.

Opposition lawmakers quickly criticised the move, with Democratic legislator Kwok Ka-ki telling the press that relaxing the border in any way amounted to “inviting a wolf into your home.”