Representatives from the travel sector are calling on the government to get the cruise industry back up running this summer, allowing people to go on “seacations.”
The Hong Kong Travel Agents' Relief Alliance suggested that the government can make reference to authorities in Singapore and Taiwan, where they had previously allowed similar cruise tours with no Covid
“As long as the cruises stay offshore in international waters, not docking at any other country, the risk for passengers contracting the coronavirus is low. Passengers can also be exempted for quarantine upon their return,” said the alliance.
The group also said a study it conducted shows nearly 90 percent of respondents indicating they would consider going on a cruise if proper infection-control measures are in place on board.
The group added that the industry is willing to put in place stringent precautionary measures, including testing all crew and passengers before they go on board.
Apart from adopting social-distancing measures, the group also said they are ready to set up negative pressure wards onboard to isolate suspected patients, and a team of medical doctors and nurses would provide medical assistance if needed.
The alliance also urged the government to allow local tours to reopen, saying this could give confidence to other countries and regions to set up travel schemes with Hong Kong.