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CE says HK has no plan to ease gathering restrictions soon

21 September 2021

By The SUN 

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam has marked Mid-Autumn Festival by saying that there will be no significant relaxation of Hong Kong’s social distancing measures anytime soon.

Speaking at the weekly press briefing today, Sept 21, CE Lam said that despite not having recorded any local Covid infections for more than a month, Hong Kong must remain on high alert.

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“Yes, we have not recorded any local cases for about a month, but we should not let our guards down because it will take only one case to creep into our community and cause an outbreak,” Lam said.

Thus, the 14-day and 21-day quarantine imposed on new arrivals outside of China, Macau and Taiwan, will remain for now, as well as restrictions on gatherings in public places.


“The social distancing measures will be eased at a relatively low pace. Hong Kong must also focus on preventing the importation of cases.”

The city’s top leader made the statement as the Centre for Health Protection announced a sole imported infection today, involving a 34-year-old man who arrived from France on Sept 19 and tested positive on his arrival test at Hong Kong airport.


He received two jabs of the BioNTech vaccine in Hong Kong, and also tested positive for antibodies before his trip abroad. He is asymptomatic.

Travelers from the Mainland can enter HK quarantine-free, but not the other way around

The Chief Executive said she has been lobbying Chinese officials to allow a quarantine-free entry of Hong Kong residents into the mainland.

"How we could achieve quarantine-free travel by Hong Kong people into the Mainland of China is also my top priority. That's why last Saturday during my meeting with the Vice Premier Han Zheng in Shenzhen, I have also, on behalf of Hong Kong people, appealed…that we are very earnest about a meeting between the two sides, with government officials and health experts and so on, so as to iron out a scheme or the set of conditions that will allow Hong Kong people to travel into the Mainland without quarantine.”


She said that since Sept 15, about 400 non-Hong Kong residents traveling from the mainland have been allowed to enter the city without undergoing 21-day quarantine under the Come2HK Scheme. But that arrangement is only one-way at the moment.

“The remaining question is for Hong Kong people to travel into the Mainland without being subject to quarantine requirement, and I hope we will shortly have this meeting that I have been talking about,” she said.

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The Chief Executive added that if Hong Kong wishes to resume cross-border activities with the mainland, the city must convince mainland authorities of the effectiveness of its anti-epidemic strategies.

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