🌊Carrie Lam visits Kwai Chung
Restrictions unlikely to ease
Monday news - a bit lackluster… the most exciting news in HK these days really seems to only be what’s happening over at Kwai Chung. It’s wild over there.
Do we have any readers affected by the lockdowns? Make yourself known if you or someone close to you are - I just wanna talk…
On Today’s Tide:
Carrie Lam visits Kwai Chung
Health and Safety in Kwai Chung - not good
No mail either
Pierre Chan - Stock your kitchens
Business | 500 dead restaurants if restrictions continue
Consulates | Week-in review of the diplo community
Crime | ‘Unusual’ suicide in Tai Po
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 140 (don’t panic yet)
Kwai Chung Stuff
Carrie Lam makes a visit
The CE herself made a surprise inspection to Kwai Chung but the response was…not great. Some residents shouted abuse at the Lam and her team of officials, sarcastically telling them to leave the ‘dangerous’ area.
Pierre Chan - stocking chaos
Part of the reason locals at Kwai Chung are so mad is the suddenness of the lockdowns. From 3 days being allowed to exist at Yat Kwai House, to being told you can’t leave. No lockdown at other blocks. Sike - but also you don’t get dinner.
Former medical section lawmaker Pierre Chan wrote on his blog that everyone should stock up on enough food for 5 days just in case their building is found to have a silent transmission chain. However, his current LegCo counterpart David Lam said Chan’s remarks might make people panic buy and gather. Lam suggested that the government could allow residents in need to make orders for food and necessities which can be dropped off at designated checkpoints without health risks.
Speaking of necessities, there will be no mail services to or from Kwai Chung Estate for the next three days (till 27 Jan). Residents in the area are advised to use services in Kwai Shing and Kwai Fong.
Living situation (not good)
The lockdown has ironically also caused the health and safety of Kwai Chung Estate to drop considerably. Lack of cleaners means families are piling bags of trash outside their doorsteps.
There’s also been this one crazy f*cker who’s been going around spitting on doorknobs. Police are investigating.
500 restaurants on last legs
Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades president Simon Wong says that 500 restaurants might die if restrictions aren’t eased. Many CNY bookings were already canceled for what would normally be one of the most important and lucrative parts of the year.
He said that a fully packed lunch service would still only account for around 30% of the restaurant’s revenue. The transition to takeaway has also meant needing to sell many expensive products for cheap due to different customer perceptions.
Carrie Lam and Dr. Yuen have already said it is unlikely that restrictions will be eased on 4 Feb, and that it will take 'months’ before omicron subsides, but Wong is hoping they will at least allow early dinner services.
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Study in Germany?
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