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Covid-19: ‘There are no restrictions’ Hong Kong’s John Lee tells UAE Forum despite city-wide mandatory wearing of masks

Covid-19: ‘There are no restrictions’ Hong Kong’s John Lee tells UAE Forum despite city-wide mandatory wearing of masks

Chief Executive Lee Kar-chau has again claimed that there are “no restrictions” in Hong Kong amid the Covid-19 pandemic, although there is no timetable for lifting the mandatory wearing of masks. All visitors and residents face a HK$5,000 fine if they fail to wear a mask in public.

Meanwhile, three sports centers will be closed until mid-February due to the pandemic, while students will still be required to take daily rapid tests to attend school. People arriving from overseas will also have to show a negative rapid test result to enter.

“Hong Kong is back on center stage again,” Lee told a business forum in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday. “Back to active business, back to active business of creating opportunity for Abu Dhabi, for the United Arab Emirates, for each of you. No quarantine, no quarantine, no restrictions.”

John Lee in Abu Dhabi. Photo: GovHK.

After years of Covid isolation, Lee is on a charm offensive in the Middle East to attract investment.

last Thursday, He also claimed “no limit” As he seeks to relaunch the city’s international status and welcome tourists back with a HK$2 billion campaign.

HKFP has contacted the Chief Executive’s Office for comment.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and founder of the Hong Kong Free Press. He holds a BA in Communication and New Media from the University of Leeds and a MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to BBC, Euronews, Al-Jazeera and others.

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