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Individual visit scheme to expand

The Individual Visit Scheme will be expanded to cover Xi'an in Shaanxi Province and Qingdao in Shandong Province starting from March 6.   The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government today thanked the central government for its positive response to the proposal of enhancing the scheme in an orderly manner and further expanding the eligible cities.   Secretary for Culture, Sports & Tourism Kevin Yeung said the further enhancement of the scheme is conducive to the development of Hong Kong's tourism sector and will benefit tourism-related industries such as hotels and retail.   He noted that expanding the scheme enables residents of both cities to explore and feel the unique metropolitan glamour of Hong Kong in a more flexible and convenient manner.        Both with a population of over 10 million, it is believed that Xi'an and Qingdao will bring more high-value-added overnight tourists to Hong Kong.   Mr Yeung said Hong Kong will be hospitable

Testing compliance check ends

The Government today said it has completed a joint enforcement operation on compulsory testing notice for four buildings in Central & Western District.   The notice covered Woodlands Court, Woodland Court and Woodlands Terrace at 1-4 Woodlands Terrace and Woodland House at 9A-9C Castle Road.   The enforcement action, which lasted from 7am to 10.30am, was conducted by the Central & Western District Office, the Home Affairs Department’s Office of the Licensing Authority, the Centre for Health Protection, Police and the Auxiliary Medical Service.   About 130 residents' test records were checked. Among them, 10 people were found to have violated the compulsory testing notice.   Noting that the enforcement process may have caused inconvenience to residents, the Government appealed for their understanding as the operation was conducted to stop the spread of COVID-19.
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