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GBA rule of law action plan released

The Action Plan on the Construction of Rule of Law in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has been released, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced today.   Secretary for Justice Paul Lam explained that the action plan has two intentions, namely to underpin the guiding principle of “Three Interfaces, Two Connects & One Greater Bay Area”, and strengthen collaboration with the legal and dispute resolution sectors and other stakeholders to effectively implement policy measures set out in the plan.   Through mechanisms, regulatory frameworks and talent – the “three interfaces” – the DoJ said it will promote hardware and software connectivity in constructing rule of law in the bay area, co-operation between the various cities according to their respective strengths, and collaboration between different legal systems, thereby eventually achieving the goal of “one Greater Bay Area”.   Deputy Secretary for Justice Cheung Kwok-kwan, who is also the leading Hong Kong

Quarantine arrangements clarified

Comments describing the latest compulsory quarantine arrangements for overseas arrivals at Hong Kong as a relaxation were made out of misunderstanding, the Government said today.   In its response, the Government explained that it has all along been adopting stringent border control measures with a science-based approach, including multiple tests prior to boarding flights, on arrival, during and after the quarantine periods. Such measures are adjusted when appropriate.   On August 2, it announced the strengthening of border control measures to build an anti-epidemic barrier.   Under the latest arrangements that took effect from August 9, the Group A or high-risk specified places were reorganised from the original Group A1 and Group A2 specified places.   None of these places was adjusted downward as a Group B specified place, thus no extremely high-risk or very high-risk places were made medium-risk places, the Government stressed.   Only fully vaccinated Hong Kong residents with a recognised vaccination record and their accompanied children aged below 12 are allowed to board flights for Hong Kong from high-risk places under the latest arrangements.   Upon arrival, they are subject to the test and hold arrangement at the airport. Then they can proceed to a designated quarantine hotel to undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days only if their test results are negative, during which they must undergo four tests.   They are also required to undergo compulsory testing in a community testing centre on the 26th day of arrival in Hong Kong.   As for Group B or medium-risk specified places under the latest arrangements, they comprise the original Group B and Group C specified places, where compulsory quarantine and testing requirements remain unchanged. There is no relaxation on quarantine arrangements for people arriving from these places.   The Government added that the latest arrangements further strengthened relevant boarding and testing requirements.   Now all people arriving from overseas places must comply with the requirement of undergoing a COVID-19 nucleic acid test within 72 hours prior to boarding a flight to Hong Kong. Vaccinated people are also required to undergo additional compulsory tests after the quarantine period.   The Government said it will continue to closely monitor the epidemic situation of different places and consider a basket of factors under the risk-based principle to adjust the boarding, quarantine and testing requirements for people arriving in the city from relevant places based on risk levels as the situation warrants.
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