Chief Executive John Lee has announced that Hong Kong will open fully in a gradual and orderly way with China before mid-January, aiming at returning to pre-Covid cross-border travel arrangements. Lee made the statement on returning from a trip to Beijing, where he met President Xi Jinping. Lee’s team will hold talks with Shenzhen and Guangdong governments to formulate a plan to reopen the borders and will form a task force in the city to focus on the issue. Lee said the group will then report back to the central government. Matters under consideration in the first stage of the plan include the daily quota of travellers and which border control points should be opened. The chief executive didn’t share details about the quarantine policy after borders open, only saying he hopes to return to the arrangements before the pandemic.
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