The Hong Kong Health Secretary Sophia Chan announced on Tuesday that the ban on foreign non-residents entering the city – that was due to expire on June 18 – will be extended until September 18.
The only exception will be for foreigners who have been on the mainland, Macao or Taiwan for 14 days before their arrival in Hong Kong, with residents of these places also allowed in if they haven’t travelled elsewhere in the past two weeks.
Such arrivals would still have to undergo 14 days of quarantine, a measure which also applies to Hong Kong residents returning home.
Chan also said that, while also prolonging restrictions on arrivals from overseas, the government extended an eight-person limit on public gatherings until June 18.
The move comes after a fresh cluster of COVID-19 cases erupted in the past few days.
The new cases brought Hong Kong’s total to date to 1,093.