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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

New mask rules at quarantine hotels

The Government today issued directions under the law to stipulate that a person under compulsory quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel (DQH) and his or her accompanying carer must not wear a mask with any exhalation valve or vent.   During an earlier investigation of two confirmed COVID-19 cases, the Centre for Health Protection noted that a person concerned who was under compulsory quarantine at a DQH might have transmitted the virus to others because he was wearing a mask with an exhalation valve or vent while his hotel room door was opened.        To avoid a similar situation from recurring, the Government has updated the directions under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Requirements & Directions) (Business & Premises) Regulation.   The centre strongly advised the public against wearing masks with any exhalation valve or vent as these masks cannot effectively filter droplets in exhaled air. The risk posed to surrounding people will be increased if the wearer is infected with novel coronavirus or other respiratory viruses.   It also recommended that the relevant people should wear surgical masks properly during check-in or when the hotel room door is opened during the quarantine period to effectively prevent the COVID-19 transmission.       Hotel staff and air crew should remind guests and passengers respectively not to use masks with any exhalation valve or vent, the centre added.
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