Lawmaker suggests use of community isolation facilities for quarantine upon entering mainland

Community isolation facilities could be converted into quarantine facilities for citizens traveling to the mainland to address the shortage of quarantine hotels, a lawmaker has said.

Lawmaker Ben Chan Han-pan suggested the government turn the city’s isolation facilities into quarantine facilities to allow citizens to undergo a 7-day quarantine in Hong Kong before traveling to the mainland.

He said Hong Kongers heading to the mainland via the Shenzhen Bay port must book quarantine hotels online, when there were only about 1,000 rooms available each time, which were fully booked. busy in a minute. He added that there was also quota scalping.

Chan suggested authorities allocate 12,000 beds in quarantine isolation facilities in Hong Kong, of which 4,000 beds could be set up for those returning to the mainland in emergencies and 8,000 for the general public. .

At the end of the quarantine, citizens would be taken to the border by closed circuit buses and undergo home quarantine or self-observation on the mainland. Meanwhile, those who tested positive could be treated in Hong Kong.

The government could also charge residents for the cost of meals, saying it should be lower than the cost of quarantine hotels on the mainland.

Richard F. Gandhi