🌊 Free Tide: Smoky, with a chance of localised political chaos
Highlights of chaos include: E-Cigarettes, the bags of rice and turbans
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E-Cigs up in smoke
In 2019, the government pushed for the ‘Smoking (Public Health) (Amendment) Bill 2019’ which would have completely banned e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. The bill was not passed in 2020 and the government actually issued a statement of disappointment against LegCo (not the government) for not passing the bill, saying that a complete ban was in the public’s interest.
However, the DAB, the largest pro-Gov party, has held an internal vote and is now all voting in favour of the bill. Previously, DAB members voted independently with regards the policy.
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 0 - two days in a row
No-draw vaccination for free rice
The government has set up walk-in vaccination centres in Lok Fu and Wong Tai Sin where there is a large elderly population. Doing what they’ve always done best, the government gave out free bags of rice to the newly vaccinated.
Religious headwear exempts barristers from horsehairwear
The Bar Association has passed a general exemption for all religious barristers from having to wear traditional horsehair wigs. The regulation states nonetheless that religious wear must be of an “unsympathetic colour” and “not cover the face”.
Come2HK: No Quarantine (but not everyone and probably not you)
In May, a proposal to create the Come2HK scheme, which would have allowed residents from COVID-safe parts of the mainland to come to HK quarantine free. On Monday, CE Carrie Lam said to the Shanghai Observer that the scheme is now renewed after being shelved due to COVID risks in Guangdong.
In mildly related news
There will be no second quarantine hotel for helpers because it’s just far too dangerous to let too many possibly infected helpers in at once.
What else is happening?
Government criticized for not reaching out to enough old people about voucher scheme. Apparently some old guys didn’t know they filled in the form wrong.
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