Hong Kong’s travel easing may be too little, too late

  • Viewers explore ordinary travel, open shorelines and pools, and racial stereotypes

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The govt is set to enable non-people to fly into Hong Kong for the 1st time in two yrs, just after formerly halving the obligatory hotel quarantine for returning residents to 7 times. This is an outstanding announcement. But this metropolis can no for a longer time count on to be the leading vacation vacation spot it was.

Numerous international locations this sort of as Thailand, Japan and many others in the West have been residing with Covid-19, and no extended impose stringent pandemic steps. For any overseas visitor, these locations are surely extra easy and vacationer-friendly. These places include our rival, Singapore, which has captivated business owners and organization offices shifting out of Hong Kong, an massive reduction in name and expertise for us.

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Even with Hong Kong’s most recent flight plan relaxation, Covid-19 limitations remain, and individuals in the market do not be expecting many vacationers or businesspeople to pay a visit to.

Even now, I worry about regardless of whether the peace will cause a sixth wave of bacterial infections. Let us not forget about that the fifth wave started off with just a several imported cases but quickly distribute gloom and doom to all of us in the city.

When will issues return to ordinary and when can we ease all flight limitations and do absent with quarantine entirely? No one particular is familiar with for now, but we ought to hope it comes about as before long as possible.

A single compact move is much better than no development at all. While quite a few of us and the Hong Kong government want to reopen borders with the mainland 1st, the reality is that reopening initially to worldwide vacation is just substantially a lot more possible.

Jack Chung, Sham Shui Po

Crimson tape powering pool, seaside closures?

Quite a few letters have questioned the logic guiding the ongoing closure of public beach locations and swimming pools, when the Omicron infection chance at these out of doors amenities appears negligible (“Lam ought to listen to science, not net users”, March 31, and “Present proof of beach and pool ‘dangers'”, April 20).

Might I venture that the authentic difficulty is bureaucratic, whereby the lifeguards and other officials worried with the jogging of these services are “doing the job from residence” – in line with other civil servants.

Charlie Chan, Mid-Levels

Racial stereotypes not helpful for any person

Your Sunday challenge carried a report about a community Television set programme which has induced an uproar: “Darker aspect of race relations in the metropolis”. The unhappiness centred upon the age-aged situation of racial stereotyping. Potentially the drama was not meant to portray ethnic minorities – in this situation our substantially-desired and most handy domestic helpers – as inferior or only suited to a particular line of function. That it gave offence is substance. But how and why has racial sensitivity remained an difficulty in our city so many a long time after the initially domestic helpers arrived?

Stereotyping goes back a lengthy way. Sixty or much more years in the past, any Filipino in Hong Kong would have been assumed to be probably a musician, an Indian or Pakistani individual would have been imagined of as a guard or watchman, a Caucasian assumed to be unreasonable or a drunkard or overbearing, and Chinese from Shantung assumed to odor of garlic and be incomprehensible.

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Points never seem to have modified much. There is however inadequate being familiar with of the part and relevance of all those who have occur to aid, assist with and share our jobs and burdens. Most likely the almighty dollar has blinded us to the virtues, sector, tenacity and loyalty of people whom we have interaction to launch us from mundane, unprofitable chores so that we could run a more profitable race to a greater lifestyle. Just for the reason that we shell out them does not imply we are improved, excellent or a course over. Have we or dare we talk to our domestic helpers or any member of the other ethnic minority groups how they could stereotype us?

Equality may well necessarily mean unique factors to different men and women but fairness is in everyone’s heart. Let’s be truthful: do unto other individuals as you would by yourself.

James A. Elms, Wan Chai

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