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

  • Visitors explore normal travel, open beaches and swimming pools, and racial stereotypes

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The government is set to enable non-people to fly into Hong Kong for the first time in two years, right after formerly halving the compulsory lodge quarantine for returning residents to seven times. This is an great announcement. But this town can no extended be expecting to be the top rated journey spot it was.

Several nations around the world these kinds of as Thailand, Japan and other folks in the West have been residing with Covid-19, and no for a longer time impose stringent pandemic steps. For any overseas customer, these destinations are absolutely a lot more easy and vacationer-friendly. These places contain our rival, Singapore, which has captivated business owners and organization workplaces going out of Hong Kong, an huge loss in name and expertise for us.

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Even with Hong Kong’s most up-to-date flight coverage relaxation, Covid-19 limits keep on being, and persons in the marketplace do not assume lots of visitors or businesspeople to pay a visit to.

Continue to, I worry about whether or not the leisure will cause a sixth wave of bacterial infections. Allow us not forget about that the fifth wave commenced with just a handful of imported instances but promptly unfold gloom and doom to all of us in the metropolis.

When will items return to typical and when can we simplicity all flight limitations and do away with quarantine entirely? No a person understands for now, but we really should hope it comes about as quickly as achievable.

1 modest phase is improved than no progress at all. Although several of us and the Hong Kong federal government want to reopen borders with the mainland initially, the reality is that reopening initial to global vacation is just a great deal far more feasible.

Jack Chung, Sham Shui Po

Purple tape at the rear of pool, seashore closures?

Various letters have questioned the logic powering the ongoing closure of general public seashores and swimming pools, when the Omicron infection threat at these outside amenities appears small (“Lam ought to hear to science, not online end users”, March 31, and “Display evidence of seaside and pool ‘dangers'”, April 20).

May well I enterprise that the serious issue is bureaucratic, whereby the lifeguards and other officials worried with the jogging of these services are “operating from home” – in line with other civil servants.

Charlie Chan, Mid-Concentrations

Racial stereotypes not practical for anybody

Your Sunday problem carried a report about a neighborhood Television set programme which has induced an uproar: “Darker side of race relations in the metropolis”. The unhappiness centred on the age-aged challenge of racial stereotyping. Most likely the drama was not intended to portray ethnic minorities – in this scenario our substantially-essential and most useful domestic helpers – as inferior or only suited to a specific line of perform. That it gave offence is material. But how and why has racial sensitivity remained an concern in our town so many a long time just after the 1st domestic helpers arrived?

Stereotyping goes back a prolonged way. Sixty or far more yrs in the past, any Filipino in Hong Kong would have been assumed to be likely a musician, an Indian or Pakistani particular person would have been believed of as a guard or watchman, a Caucasian assumed to be unreasonable or a drunkard or overbearing, and Chinese from Shantung assumed to scent of garlic and be incomprehensible.

Brownface perception gap: we need to speak about everyday racism

Matters will not appear to have adjusted significantly. There is even now inadequate understanding of the part and value of people who have arrive to guidance, help with and share our duties and burdens. Perhaps the almighty dollar has blinded us to the virtues, market, tenacity and loyalty of individuals whom we have interaction to release us from mundane, unprofitable chores so that we could run a much more effective race to a superior daily life. Just since we fork out them does not necessarily mean we are improved, remarkable or a course previously mentioned. Have we or dare we request our domestic helpers or any member of the other ethnic minority teams how they may well stereotype us?

Equality may possibly mean unique things to distinct folks but fairness is in everyone’s coronary heart. Let’s be honest: do unto others as you would by yourself.

James A. Elms, Wan Chai

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