The Hong Kong government relies on businesses to alleviate the weaknesses of its vaccination campaign as locals oppose vaccines. When the owners of pubs and nightclubs met with civic officials earlier this month, they expected how the government would try to persuade more residents who are more resistant to vaccinations, but only let the doors of vaccinations open for their businesses.Instead, officials exchanged tables and asked what they could do to promote the spread of the slow COVID-19 vaccine delivery among cities globally.
Liu Wai, President of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Federation of Dance and NightClub Merchants said that he was asked for suggestions to improve the vaccination rate. He said that one-fifth of nightclubs have closed in five months after the closure, and the rest earn only 10% of their normal income after reopening.
Last week, the city’s international airport announced it would issue 60,000 air tickets to those vaccinated by the end of September. The Hong Kong Jockey Club, which has a racecourse and betting point, has offered employees three paid special holidays and additional insurance to get shots.
Despite being one of the few places in the world, only 13.4% of Hong Kong residents are fully vaccinated and all adults are vaccinated against the new coronavirus, according to Bloomberg’s vaccine tracker .It is down 28.3% and 28.6% compared to other financial centers such as Singapore and London.
But some businessmen and experts argue that the government’s reluctance to take specific steps, such as easing the requirements for masks or capaciting passengers for 14 to 21 days, ignores and in some cases denies private efforts. All travelers arriving in Hong Kong should turn to hotels for isolation, even if they live in the city.