More than 50pc Hong Kongers back color health code: investigation

More than 50% of Hong Kong residents have backed the “red and yellow” health code system, a survey has found, while most citizens support the “4+3” quarantine for inbound travelers.

New Youth Forum interviewed 548 citizens aged 18 or older between July 25 and July 29 by telephone. Nearly 55% of respondents backed the real-name registry for the LeaveHomeSafe app, as well as the color-coded health pass set to launch in August.

More than 60% hoped to bar Code Yellow holders from entering high-risk places, such as restaurants and entertainment venues, and include those close contacts under Code Yellow.

However, around 70% hoped the government could ease restrictions on the entry of foreigners. When asked whether they would prefer a 5- or 4-day hotel quarantine, more people support the “4+3” option which requires fewer quarantine days in hotels than the “5+2” option. .

New Youth Forum adviser Chan Wai-keung said if Hong Kong followed Singapore’s practice, quarantine-free travel with overseas countries would not be a problem.

Chan also said Covid prevention measures in Hong Kong are different from the mainland, which was closer to Western countries, so resuming quarantine-free travel with the mainland is expected to be more difficult.

However, he believes that as long as confirmed cases in Hong Kong decline, coupled with the further tightening of anti-epidemic rules, there will be opportunities for free travel between Hong Kong and the mainland.

New Youth Forum official Tang Wing-chun suggested the government set up an expert group on epidemic prevention from the mainland to deepen communication with Shenzhen, to speed up quarantine-free travel. .

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