HONG KONG (Reuters) – People arriving in Hong Kong from Wednesday will no longer be given an ‘amber’ code that will prevent them from entering some places, Chief Executive John Lee said, as he abandoned the use of a mobile app COVID-19 required by the government.
News of further easing of COVID-19 restrictions in the global financial hub, which has lagged behind most of the world in easing them, will prompt a resumption of travel and business as the code had limited access. to bars and restaurants.
The government’s decision to scrap its mobility tracking app that governs access to restaurants and places like gyms, clubs and salons comes after mainland China removed the requirement.
Business groups, diplomats and many residents criticized Hong Kong’s COVID-19 rules, saying they threatened its competitiveness and position as an international financial center.
The rules have weighed on Hong Kong’s economy since early 2020, adding to an exodus of businesses, both expatriates and local families, fueled by Beijing’s efforts to exercise control and limit freedoms.
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(Reporting by Clare Jim and Farah Master; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
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