HK announces 2-week ban on tourists, transit passengers

March 23, 2020 18:32
Chief Executive Carrie Lam announces new measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak at a news conference on Monday. Photo: HKEJ

Hong Kong will ban most non-residents, including tourists, and transit passengers from touching down at the city's airport for 14 days, the city's leader announced on Monday following a spike in imported Covid-19 cases in the territory in recent days.

The new curb, which will take effect from Wednesday, is among other enhanced measures being put in place by the government to fight the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said at a news conference.

Non-Hong Kong residents arriving from mainland China, Macau or Taiwan are banned for 14 days from entering the city if they have been to a foreign country in the past 14 days, Lam announced.

Also, the Hong Kong airport will halt all transit arrivals for two weeks starting Wednesday.

Meanwhile, all people including Hong Kong residents entering Hong Kong from Macau and Taiwan will have to go into mandatory 14-day quarantine from Wednesday onwards.

Lam also said the government has proposed amending laws to forbid about 8,600 restaurants, bars and clubs with liquor licenses from selling alcohol in a bid to curb social drinking activities among the citizens.

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