Hong Kong has taken steps to ban non-residents from entering the country because of concerns about the “backflow” of coronavirus infection (COVID-19). Non-residents can’t enter the country, whether by crossing the land border or arriving at Hong Kong International Airport. In addition, Hong Kong is prohibiting restaurants and bars to sell alcoholic drinks to stop the coronavirus from spreading.
Hong Kong is in lockdown
Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, put the country on lockdown, according to Reuters. At a press conference on March 23, she banned all visitors from entering the country at midnight of March 25. This is more powerful than the previous two-week quarantine against foreigners, which imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine on all visitors. Lam added that leaving the country through airports in Hong Kong is also prohibited. The ban on entry will take place for at least two weeks.
Hong Kong bans alcoholic drinks at bars and restaurants
Along with the announcement of lockdown, Lam shared that 8,600 restaurants and bars will be open. However, they will not be selling alcohol in an effort to limit the spread of coronavirus. Lam expressed her concern for people who take off their masks in bars and “even have intimate acts when they are tipsy.”
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Doctors in Wuhan, a Chinese city where the coronavirus originated, recommend that everyone wear a mask when leaving the house, in addition to those who are sick or caring for a sick family member.
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