The implementation of a 14-day compulsory quarantine on people entering Hong Kong from the Mainland, effective Feb 8, has been smooth in general, with the cross-boundary flow of people between Hong Kong and the Mainland reduced significantly as expected and that the requirement for people issued with quarantine orders to stay at home will help reduce the risk of the spread of the virus in the community.
Under this measure, Hong Kong residents, Mainland residents and visitors from other places, are required to stay at home or other accommodation for a 14-day compulsory quarantine upon entry, even if they have not developed any symptoms and passed temperature checks. They are prohibited to go out or leave Hong Kong. Offenders are subject to a fine of US$3,205 and imprisonment for six months.
Refuting rumors (Feb 5), the Hong Kong SAR Government stressed that freight services between the Mainland and Hong Kong will not be affected. The supply of daily goods and food products remains normal and there is no shortage of food in the city.
Separately, the SARG has been adopting a multi-pronged approach to procure surgical masks globally through different channels and means. The Government is prioritizing the distribution of surgical masks in accordance with the risk level, with priority given to healthcare workers and personnel providing care services; and personnel who provide essential services and who are required to have contact with the public at work.