Hong Kong residents in mainland China will be allowed to return to the city from November without being quarantined, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor revealed on Tuesday, adding that the travel bubble with Singapore was also expected to launch next month.
But amid the worsening Covid-19 situation in Europe, Lam said Belgium would be added to the city’s list of high-risk countries, adding Spain and Italy could soon follow.
Lam said before her weekly Executive Council meeting that those returning from the mainland would be exempt from any quarantine, but numbers would be subject to a quota arrangement because only two border crossings would reopen.
“It is a good beginning,” Lam said. “We have only the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and Shenzhen Bay checkpoints operating, which means the number of Hongkongers allowed to come back will be restricted. The border will be further reopened in an orderly manner.”