- Viewers discuss regular vacation, open up shorelines and pools, and racial stereotypes
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The authorities is set to let non-citizens to fly into Hong Kong for the to start with time in two several years, just after beforehand halving the obligatory lodge quarantine for returning citizens to 7 days. This is an superb announcement. But this city can no for a longer time count on to be the leading vacation destination it was.
Many countries these as Thailand, Japan and others in the West have been dwelling with Covid-19, and no lengthier impose stringent pandemic measures. For any foreign visitor, these spots are undoubtedly much more handy and tourist-helpful. These destinations include our rival, Singapore, which has attracted business owners and organization workplaces going out of Hong Kong, an enormous decline in track record and talent for us.
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Even with Hong Kong’s most recent flight policy leisure, Covid-19 constraints continue to be, and folks in the marketplace do not anticipate lots of travelers or businesspeople to take a look at.
Continue to, I get worried about no matter if the peace will cause a sixth wave of infections. Enable us not fail to remember that the fifth wave started off with just a several imported situations but immediately spread gloom and doom to all of us in the city.
When will things return to typical and when can we ease all flight limits and do absent with quarantine entirely? No a person knows for now, but we need to hope it comes about as soon as feasible.
One particular tiny phase is far better than no progress at all. Even though quite a few of us and the Hong Kong govt want to reopen borders with the mainland 1st, the truth is that reopening first to international journey is just a lot extra feasible.
Jack Chung, Sham Shui Po
Pink tape powering pool, seashore closures?
Several letters have questioned the logic at the rear of the continued closure of general public seashores and swimming pools, when the Omicron infection hazard at these outdoor services appears minimal (“Lam ought to hear to science, not web customers”, March 31, and “Exhibit proof of seaside and pool ‘dangers'”, April 20).
May I undertaking that the authentic issue is bureaucratic, whereby the lifeguards and other officials concerned with the managing of these facilities are “performing from household” – in line with other civil servants.
Charlie Chan, Mid-Stages
Racial stereotypes not handy for any person
Your Sunday concern carried a report about a nearby Television set programme which has brought on an uproar: “Darker aspect of race relations in the town”. The unhappiness centred upon the age-outdated difficulty of racial stereotyping. Maybe the drama was not intended to portray ethnic minorities – in this scenario our significantly-desired and most helpful domestic helpers – as inferior or only suited to a individual line of work. That it gave offence is product. But how and why has racial sensitivity remained an situation in our city so many yrs after the very first domestic helpers arrived?
Stereotyping goes again a prolonged way. Sixty or additional years ago, any Filipino in Hong Kong would have been assumed to be in all probability a musician, an Indian or Pakistani man or woman would have been believed of as a guard or watchman, a Caucasian assumed to be unreasonable or a drunkard or overbearing, and Chinese from Shantung assumed to smell of garlic and be incomprehensible.
Things really don’t look to have changed a great deal. There is however insufficient knowledge of the function and relevance of individuals who have arrive to support, assistance with and share our duties and burdens. Perhaps the almighty dollar has blinded us to the virtues, field, tenacity and loyalty of those people whom we have interaction to launch us from mundane, unprofitable chores so that we could run a much more prosperous race to a greater lifestyle. Just due to the fact we spend them does not necessarily mean we are far better, top-quality or a class earlier mentioned. Have we or dare we question our domestic helpers or any member of the other ethnic minority groups how they could stereotype us?
Equality might suggest diverse things to diverse persons but fairness is in everyone’s coronary heart. Let us be reasonable: do unto many others as you would by yourself.
James A. Elms, Wan Chai
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