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See Galileo's telescope & the upcoming changes to travel quarantine rules
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Amnesty packs its bags
And other NSL-related news.
Amnesty has decided to shut down its office in Hong Kong and head out of the SAR, citing the national security law.
Activist Figo Chan is sentenced to an additional three months in prison for his participation in an illegal 2019 pro-democracy protest, making his jail term a total of two years.
The government changes its rules, making it harder for journalists to access company or land registry searches. This new law is tied to a case in which former RTHK documentary-maker Bao Choy reportedly violated the Road Traffic Ordinance to access vehicle licence plate information for her film on the 2019 Yuen Long attack.
The Tiananmen Massacre organiser group has been removed from the Companies Registry.
Standard Chartered has declined to make a statement of support for free speech after the recent marathon debacle.
New cases: 3 (imported cases from Pakistan and Singapore)
HK is about to make its biggest change yet to quarantine rules. The government will be getting rid of most of its quarantine exemptions, with the priority being to make travel between HK and the mainland as smooth as possible.
Discharged COVID patients will be required to undergo two weeks in quarantine after release from the hospital.
The deadline for Octopus card users to collect consumption vouchers has been extended until the end of September 2022.
According to the Hong Kong Homelessness Census (paywalled), the COVID pandemic has rendered hundreds of Hongkongers homeless.
Hospitals will allow “some” people who do not have the LeaveHomeSafe COVID app to receive treatment. The app will be required as of 1 November to enter government buildings, so staff will be accommodating for those who do not have access to smartphones.
Compulsory tests have been gazetted for anyone who was present at 16 specified premises (see Annex 1). Check Annex 2 for testing centre details.
In other news
The government will be making queues for the elderly as well as quarantine-friendly polling stations for the Legislative Elections this December.
30-40 workers blocked a busy road and construction site entrance (paywalled) over a labour dispute, causing the closure of Pok Fu Lam Road near Queen Mary Hospital and a call for police officers to head to the scene.
A ferry docking accident at Mui Wo pier has left five of the boat’s passengers injured.
Events / Exhibition etc.
Call all space nerds, you won’t want to miss this:
Meet the James Webb Space Telescope at the HK Space Museum’s latest exhibition Golden Eye! The show, launching today, will feature a replica of Galileo’s own telescope and take a look at new opportunities presented by infrared astronomy.
Venue: Foyer, Hong Kong Space Museum
Exhibition period: 27 October, 2021 - 30 May, 2022
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