There’s a plan to segregate perfect, healthy passengers on Mainland flights from the potentially filthy and diseased ones on international services at the airport. (Diagrams here, showing that both categories of departing passengers will in fact mix in the Gates 1-24/shops area. Groundside, of course, everyone can mingle all they want.) This is to try to convince Mainland officials to open up the border.
There’s also a plan to make use of the LeaveHomeSafe app compulsory in all restaurants. This is also to try to convince Mainland officials to open up the border.
This follows the lengthening of quarantine for some arrivals to 21 days (medically redundant), and 14 days’ compulsory isolation for discharged Covid patients (also medically redundant) and a tightening of quarantine exemptions – all to try to convince Mainland officials to open up the border.
How much more inconvenience and pointlessness must we go through to demonstrate to Beijing our eagerness to please? Here is my grand genius modest proposal…
The government to issue an edict requiring all residents, every time they leave their homes, to: a) paint their faces purple; b) hang a pineapple from their necks; and c) hop on one leg everywhere they go. This edict will be in force for one entire week, with transgressors to be arrested for inciting sedition and subject to serious penalties. The aim being, of course, to try to convince Mainland officials to open up the border.
If Chinese authorities still won’t do it after that, then we can surely conclude that there’s no satisfying them, so we can forget the whole thing – scrap all this extra-quarantine, segregation and apps stuff and get back to something more like normal.
Thank you for your attention.
And this just in…
Henderson Land have bid over HK$50 billion (US$6.5 billion) for a patch of land on Central harbour front. Rather than hope to make a profit by developing huge high-rises that blot out the light and trap air, they’re going to build three surprisingly low buildings – the artist’s impression shows them at around 10-15 floors, so it must be true. And they’re going to devote huge amounts of space to the public in the form of green sitting-out and recreational areas, which absolutely won’t ultimately end up mysteriously becoming inaccessible and indeed rented out to luxury exclusive tenants thanks to loopholes no-one foresaw. Isn’t that amazingly nice of them?!