Hong Kong cuts hotel quarantine for travelers to 3 days, plus 4 days of home medical surveillance

Hong Kong is reducing the time it takes for travelers to stay in hotel quarantine, from seven days to three days starting Friday.

“The seven-day quarantine hotel system will be changed to a three-day quarantine hotel, as well as four days of home medical surveillance,” Chief Executive John Lee said at a press conference on Monday.

After completing hotel quarantine, travelers may stay at home or in a hotel for four days of surveillance. People will be able to leave their place of residence during this period, but “can’t enter places where there is active screening of vaccine passers,” Li said in Cantonese.

It includes a bar, pub, gym and beauty parlour. People are also not allowed to visit nursing homes, schools and certain medical premises during the surveillance period.

Lee added, “They cannot participate in any activities where the masks will be removed. If they test negative on the rapid antigen test, they can take public transport, go to work and enter shopping malls, he said.

“We have to strike a balance between the level of risk and our economic activity. Where risk can be controlled, we want to preserve the movement of as many people as possible and maintain Hong Kong’s competitiveness,” Lee said.

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