Firstly, we hope you are all safe and well and dealing with the current global crisis in the best way that you possibly can. There isn’t a corner of the populated world that has remained unaffected by this new virus and the new normal of staying inside is going to last for some time yet.
As at 16th September 2020, there have just under 4,985 reported cases in Hong Kong (around 300 active – link here to latest situation data). There have been 102 deaths. We had a first wave of cases in late January and early February, the vast majority tracing back to Wuhan. A second wave of cases in mid-March followed from people returning to Hong Kong from the rest of the world, a result of school closures and others returning from affected areas. Then in July, a third wave became apparent with local infections spreading from unknown sources. This has now largely been controlled, and social distancing restrictions are gradually being relaxed again.
A global testing programme started in Hong Kong on 4th September in order to uncover asymptomatic carriers. This has largely proven that locally spread has been controlled. More details on this programme can be found here. Everyone continues to fight the virus by adhering to the government guidance.
Hong Kong has extended the restrictions on entering since 25th March 2020, here is what currently applies:
Inbound travellers from overseas:
This has been a devastating blow to everyone, and we truly hope to return to travel for everyone. Anyone wishing to reschedule a tour in future will receive a 20% rebooking bonus.
We are also applying Buy-One-Get-One-Free offers to Hong Kong residents across all our tours. It’s very easy, just use HKRES20 at the checkout (HKID number required).
All overseas customers with future bookings should have received full refunds, therefore please get in contact if you have any issue receiving payment email@example.com
All our guides are keeping their loved ones safe and healthy, and are being very entrepreneurial in the meantime! For example, Jami is conducting Takeout Comedy Club shows via Zoom. Stephen has been producing video for companies who need to communicate corporate messages with their teams. William has been volunteering with the WWF and increasing his pharmaceutical knowledge. Aubrey is taking care of family and volunteering at his local Buddhist centre. We have been training up our newest team member, Zoe. And Amy, Nicola and Heloisa are home-schooling their kids as well as coming up with a few creative ideas for the business… more to come on this!
Wishing you all a fantastic Easter. Keep washing your hands!
From the Hong Kong Greeters family