With several businesses trying to get back on their feet, the extremely strict COVID-19 protocols, regulations and quarantine rules have made it difficult for many businesses to succeed.
Under Chinese rule, Hong Kong has taken a zero-tolerance approach to COVID-19. They have implemented one of the strictest and longest quarantine sessions in the world.
Like many Asian countries, Hong Kong has embraced a “zero COVID-19” strategy, placing emphasis on social distancing, limiting travel and shutting most non-residents out. Most travellers arriving in the city have to contend with one of the world’s longest quarantines, paying to isolate in a hotel room for up to three weeks, reports CNN.
Singapore has opted to relax a lot of its COVID-19 rules like several countries in Europe. It also allows visitors to the country and residents to return to isolate for only two weeks while at home.
Frederik Gollob, chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong told CNN that “this new quarantine regime could lead many in the international community to question if they want to remain indefinitely trapped in Hong Kong when the rest of the world is moving on”.
Hong Kong has given no indication of when it will relax its rules, so many companies are considering moving their business to the other side of the South China Sea.
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