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Hong Kong's quarantine measures come into force

2020-02-08 HKT 02:26
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The compulsory quarantine order for anyone entering Hong Kong from the mainland has come into force, with long queues forming at the Shenzhen Bay border crossing point ahead of the order's implementation at midnight.

Anyone who enters from the mainland, or who arrives from elsewhere having visited the mainland in the past 14 days, is covered by the quarantine order. People whose visas allow them to stay for less than 14 days will be denied entry.

On Friday, the government announced that Hong Kong residents would be able to spend their quarantine at home, though their family members would not be subject to quarantine. Visitors will be able to stay in their hotels, while the government will accommodate anyone with nowhere to go.

Anyone who breaks the quarantine order faces up to six months in jail and a fine of up to HK$25,000.

Certain groups will not be subject to the order. They include delivery drivers, coach and shuttle bus drivers, air and airfreight crew, government officials on duty, government agents and contractors at the border and crew members of goods and fishing vessels.

People under quarantine have to remain at their quarantine location all day and wear a mask. They are not allowed to leave Hong Kong. They, and those living with them, have to check their body temperature each day and monitor their health condition.

If they go down with a fever or develop other symptoms, they have to inform the Centre for Health Protection on its dedicated hotline: 2125 1122.
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Last updated: 2020-02-08 HKT 09:12