'Reverse quarantine' option cheaper but no timetable yet
Although Hong Kong has reached a consensus on the “reverse quarantine” arrangement with Guangdong and Shenzhen, Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki said on Saturday the SAR has yet to finalize the execution timetable.
In a TV interview, Chan believed it costs citizens less to undergo quarantine in Hong Kong than on the mainland. He also noted that authorities do not have any decision at this point on canceling hotel quarantine by November.
“If citizens undergo quarantine in Hong Kong, the price is definitely cheaper. For those who need to travel to the mainland, the 'reverse quarantine' arrangement can also be another option.
“Of course, it is good news, as we hope the measure can offer more quotas to citizens (traveling to the mainland),” Chan said.
He noted that the SAR is still mulling relevant details with the Shenzhen counterparts, and they will need Beijing's approval before the arrangement comes into execution.
Regarding media reports that the government inclines to scrap hotel quarantine by November, Chan said there is no finalized decision on the matter at this point. Yet, he continued authorities will closely monitor how the pandemic develops.
“If the pandemic is under our control, we definitely will relax the measures as much as possible. The city also needs to revive its economy gradually.
“I very much understand that citizens' lives and businesses are connected to other countries,” Chan also said.