10 Apr COVID-19 Update for Hong Kong
The Current Situation
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 11th April 2020, there are just under 1,000 reported cases in Hong Kong (around 700 active – link here to latest situation data). There have been 4 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.
We in Hong Kong have been aware of the situation since it started in China in December 2019, and have seen the response by the HKSAR Government to control the containment. With echoes of the SARS crisis dominant in their minds and acting on learnings applied from that swiftly, a state of emergency was declared on 26th January 2019. The people of Hong Kong also responded immediately to limit the spread of the virus, the most visible of which was the wearing of face masks.
Restrictions on arrival to Hong Kong
Hong Kong has extended the restrictions on entering since 25th March 2020, here is what currently applies:
- All non-Hong Kong residents arriving by plane from any country will be denied entry. This is indefinite.
- Non-Hong Kong residents coming from Mainland China, Macao and Taiwan will be denied entry to Hong Kong if they have been to any overseas countries and regions in the past 14 days
- Inbound travellers from the Mainland, Macao or Taiwan have to stay at designated places (home or other accommodation) for quarantine
Inbound travellers from overseas:
- Hong Kong residents arriving in Hong Kong who have been to Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do in Korea, Iran or Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto regions in Italy in the past 14 days have to stay in a quarantine centre for quarantine
- Hong Kong residents arriving in Hong Kong who have been to any other overseas countries or areas in the past 14 days are subject to compulsory quarantine at designated places (home or other accommodation) for quarantine.
- Assembly of groups of more than four people are prohibited until 23rd April
- Drinking venues, cinemas, gyms, karaoke bars, mahjong parlours, amusement centres, beauty salons and massage parlours until 23rd April. Link here for full breakdown of restrictions
What we are doing at Hong Kong Greeters
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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