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  • Writer's pictureRony Grynholc

Coronavirus Update: Hong Kong

Updated: Aug 9, 2020

Hong Kong third wave: Hong Kong imposed more severe social distancing measures as of midnight (local time) Tuesday, July 14, due to a recent rise of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

A ban on gatherings of more than 50 people in Hong Kong will remain in place. The restriction, which was eased on June 15 from an eight-person limit for public gatherings, had been under review, but authorities have been hesitant to lift the ban.

Foreign travelers arriving to Hong Kong from overseas will be denied entry.

Foreign travelers arriving from Mainland China, Macao or Taiwan will be able to enter unless they have been to any overseas countries in the 14 days before entering.

Anyone arriving from high-risk countries will be required to present a hotel booking for at least 14 days.

A mandatory 14-day quarantine period remains in place for travelers arriving from mainland China, Macau, and Taiwan until at least Thursday, July 16, while quarantine requirements for those arriving from all other destinations will remain in place until September 18.

Hong Kong’s reputation as a fast-paced city took on a new meaning this week with the government’s unexpected U-turn over its ban on eating in restaurants – a day after it went into effect.

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