The government on Monday said people flying into Hong Kong from February 20 will have more low-cost hotel rooms to choose from to spend their 21 days of quarantine.
Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip, who is in charge of the hotel quarantine scheme, said close to 10,000 arrivals have stayed at 36 designated hotels since the policy took effect in late December.
Thirty-two of these hotels will continue to be used for quarantine purposes from February 20, while four will be replaced.
Nip would not comment on why four hotels currently on the list decided to pull out.
“There will be an addition of four hotels in the second round of the designated hotel scheme. In this second round, we have increased the number of hotels that charge a low-end price, meaning less than a thousand dollars and specifically less than 500 dollars a night,” he said.
“As regards to the other four hotels that have decided to withdraw from the scheme, it’s because of their own considerations and commercial reasons and all that. I would not comment on that.”
More than 8,000 of the 10,000 hotel rooms available will cost less than HK$1,000 a night.
About 2,800 rooms will cost less than HK$500 a night, with Nip saying this is double the number currently available in that price range.
The four hotels that will no longer be on the list are Eco Tree Hotel in Central, Mojo Nomad Aberdeen Hotel, The Luxe Manor in Tsim Sha Tsui and O’ Hotel in Kowloon City.
They have been replaced by IW Hotel in Kowloon City, Silka Far East Hotel in Tsuen Wan, Silka Seaview in Yau Ma Tei and Ovolo Southside.