On Tuesday 13 December, local media reported that HKSAR Government held a press conference, where numerous easenings of covid related restrictions were announced.

The new rules lifts all restrictions on arrivals to the city, as arrivals testing negative will no longer need an amber health code. New arrivals from overseas can therefore enter restaurants and other venues previously not accessible, already from the first day upon entry to Hong Kong. A set of the newly announced rules, all being effective from 14 December, are listed below:

  • No more amber health code for arrivals, who can roam freely if testing negative upon arrival

  • Residents will not be required to use the risk-notification ‘Leave Home Safe’ app, but proof of vaccination will be required for entry to designated venues

  • Infected people will not be given electronic wristbands
  • Compulsory PCR tests issued to residential buildings will be reduced. Only staff in hospitals and nursing homes will be required to undergo PCR tests. Workers in other occupations can opt for rapid antigen tests

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