Hong Kong reduces hotel quarantine to three days, plus four days of medical monitoring at home

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Hong Kong reduces hotel quarantine to three days, plus four days of medical monitoring at home

Travelers in Hong Kong are no longer required to serve hotel quarantine for seven days. The new rule takes effect Friday.

During the quarantine period, travelers will be under medical supervision at home for four days.

In terms of our economic activity as well as our risk level, we must strike a balance,” Chief Executive John Lee said.

Hong Kong is reducing the quarantine period for hotel stay from seven days down to three, starting Friday.

After completing the hotel stay, travelers will have to stay at home for four days of quarantine. People can leave their homes during this time, but cannot enter places where there is active vaccination checks happening, Lee said in Cantonese.

That applies to bars, pubs, gyms and beauty parlors. Also, people are not allowed to visit nursing homes, schools, or certain medical facilities during the surveillance period.

They cannot stay anywhere where they have to remove their masks, Lee added. They would also be allowed to take public transportation, go to work, and shop at malls, he said.

We have to strike a balance between risk level as well as our economic activity. “We want Hong Kong to maintain its competitiveness and maintain maximum movement of people,” Lee said.

Hong Kong imposed strict border controls to stem the spread of Covid. But thousands left the city due to the restrictive measures imposed on residents while most of the rest of the world opened up.

Secretary for Health Lo Chung-mau said, based on trends of imported cases, 80% of infections are picked up within three days.

You’d have to stay in a quarantine hotel for seven nights — and that’s not cost effective and it will also affect Hong Kong’s connection with the world, he said at the same press conference.

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