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?