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Amber health code arrangements do not make sense: tourism lawmaker

Amber health code arrangements do not make sense: tourism lawmaker

Allowing people with Amber health code to go to school or work but turning them away from places like museums doesn't make sense at all, said tourism sector lawmaker Perry Yiu Pak-leung as he highlighted limited help by the “0+3” measure in reviving the industry overall.
Yiu said on radio Saturday that 80 percent of travel agencies had their businesses returned to less than 10 percent of pre-Covid levels, and there was no progress at all for local tours, cruise tours, and the exhibition industry.

Only travel agencies that focus on outbound traveling saw their business recovering, Yiu added.

He continued that it makes no sense that people with Amber health code can go to school or work but are barred from going places including museums.

His remark also echoed the situation of a South African visitor – given the Amber health code after arriving in the city for a day – who only found out he couldn't enter the Hong Kong Stadium and enjoy the Hong Kong Sevens games on Friday.

Yiu then suggested allowing travelers to go to restaurants or sightseeing hotspots in groups but noted it would be difficult to convince foreigners to come visit Hong Kong if they are still required to take PCR tests at the airport and on certain days upon arrival.

He hoped authorities would relax the Covid curbs as soon as possible after the end of the international bankers' summit.

Meanwhile, Simon Wong Ka-wo, president of the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades, said canceling the restrictions on restaurants opening hours can of course help the catering industry.

Yet, Wong pointed out that the impact is still here as more people are planning to travel overseas under the “0+3” measure and those staying in Hong Kong do not want to overspend.

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