Leave Home Sane

Rather obviously taking their cue from the Mainland’s sudden abandonment of zero-Covid, Hong Kong health authorities announce that you no longer have to use the LeaveHomeSafe app when entering such premises as restaurants. 

So you can delete the thing from your phone, right? Perhaps. But you still need to show proof of vaccination when entering restaurants etc – and that’s embedded in the app unless you want to carry hard copies around. Plus, according to Health Secretary Lo Chung-mau (who insisted LHS was here to stay just days ago), the app still has potential uses. And it ‘contributed to Hong Kong’s fight against Covid’. And it won an award! Why on earth would you want to uninstall it? You unfeeling brutes.

There are plenty of restrictions left: many groups have to do daily tests, apartment-block compulsory tests will be phased out ‘gradually’ (do they have a purpose or not?), and the outdoor-masks mandate remains (though half the Mid-Levels seem to have ditched them in recent weeks).

Why do I have a feeling that – if serious Covid cases rise significantly over the border – authorities there will panic by January and reverse their recent rushed relaxation, prompting Hong Kong to go back to LHS within weeks?  

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13 Responses to Leave Home Sane

  1. Concerned Hong Kong citizen says:

    I want to say this post is very selfish.

    There are lots of workers in Hong Kong that now depend on the COVID bureaucracy. Many of them are on six figure salaries with all the mortgage and children’s school fees that go with that. The least we can do in Hong Kong is support them and their efforts to come up with new reasons to complicate things; it’s their livelihood after all.

    For a change, why not we think of their children and their fancy summer holidays? Lets not be selfish.

  2. Stanley Lieber says:

    Store a photo of your vaccination QR code in your phone.

  3. Paul says:

    And the demonisation continues of those of us who trusted (rightly) our immune system to deal with this year’s respiratory virus as it had done with all the previous ones.

    I wish some of the rather timid journalists at their press conferences would push the Secretary for the Pharmaceutical Industry to produce some data to support that. I think he’d be pretty hard pushed to demonstrate that someone who has had the disease and recovered more than 6 months is at any more risk to themselves or others than someone who hasn’t had the disease at all (a few such people must still exist I guess) but had three Sinovac jabs in 2021.

  4. Chinese Netizen says:

    “I wish some of the rather timid journalists at their press conferences would push the Secretary for the Pharmaceutical Industry to produce some data to support that.”

    More reason for HKCCPSARG to whittle down the so called free press in HK to a handful of subservient press release re-hashers.

  5. Mary Melville says:

    Those timid journalists could also question what gain for the restaurants and bars?
    The anti-vaxx dollars are still excluded and if anything checking certs requires more man power than the LHS scanning.

  6. Din Gao says:

    You can alternatively store your Vaccine records on: https://www.ehealth.gov.hk/en/index.html

    “Enable two-way sharing among public and private healthcare providers
    Voluntary participation, territory-wide and patient-oriented
    Participants’ health records are stored in encrypted electronic format
    An information technology platform for implementing healthcare public-private partnership programmes”

  7. Gau App says:

    So the big takeaway is that you no longer have to use the intrusive big data collecting government app “LeaveHomeSafe” anymore — you can now use two other even more intrusive big data collecting government apps!

    Or you must show your papers before you are allowed to eat.

    Hurrah! That doesn’t sound like a police state at all.

    Very much a cosmopolitan liberal intellectual property hub. No, really. Trust the unelected government with no checks, balances or rule of law on this.

  8. Einstein says:

    LeaveHomeSafe is cancelled except LeaveHomeSafe is not cancelled if you want the most convenient way to show your vaccine records.

  9. Mjrelje says:

    I’ve just deleted the Leave Hone Sane app. I will show a tattered piece of paper than any of the SARG spyware.

  10. Astronaut Barbie says:

    Hey Hemlock, how about changing the image on the banner at the top? I’d be perfectly happy not to see Carrie Lame’s picture every day.

    By the way, math is really hard.

  11. Mark Bradley says:

    “LeaveHomeSafe is cancelled except LeaveHomeSafe is not cancelled if you want the most convenient way to show your vaccine records.”

    The most convenient way is a screenshot of your blue QR code that you store after you delete the app.

  12. Einstein says:

    @Mark Bradley

    “The most convenient way is a screenshot of your blue QR code that you store after you delete the app.”

    Like the ambition. But, nope, won’t work . A “maybe legit, maybe not” blue QR code screenshot won’t get anything more than a smile for trying.

    It’s vax dates and details upon which they’re insisting. And LeaveHomeSafe is the market leader in how to deliver that.

    Bottom line, there are few to none signs we can kill off the bureaucratic army invested in keeping LeaveHomeSafe in the game

  13. Odaiwai says:

    > “It’s vax dates and details upon which they’re insisting. And LeaveHomeSafe is the market leader in how to deliver that.”

    These are all in the QR code. Just scan it with your phone’s QR code scanner, and you’ll see a list of your HKID, vaccinations (type and date) and a cryptographic signature that confirms that those details have come from an official source.

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