To ensure all visitors can travel with confidence, the Hong Kong Tourism Board and the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency have also introduced the Anti-epidemic Hygiene Measures Certification Scheme, a programme that confirms merchants meet strict hygiene standards.
Merchants and other businesses in various sectors, including hotels, restaurants and tour operators wishing to apply for the label must implement measures, such as conducting temperature checks on staff, providing hand hygiene amenities to customers, regularly disinfecting high-touch surfaces and maintaining good indoor ventilation.
Once a merchant meets the hygiene standards, it will be allowed to display the decal, which provides visitors with extra peace of mind. Random inspections will also be carried out to ensure it continues to comply with the standards.
To minimise the spread of the virus, the Hong Kong Government has implemented a number of contact-tracing measures to identify people who may have been infected.
The LeaveHomeSafe mobile app allows the public to log their arrival and departure times when they visit restaurants or other public places using a QR code.
If a confirmed case is discovered later, the app will notify users who visited the same venues around the same time and warn them to stay vigilant and seek medical help if necessary.
The city’s efficient metro system has been using a different type of robot to automatically disinfect stations and trains. The robots — 20 in total — are being used for train cleaning in its depots to ensure the cleanliness of trains while they carry passengers around the financial hub.
Many people may be concerned that commonly touched surfaces, such as lift buttons, handrails and doorknobs, pose a risk of transmitting bacteria and viruses.
To tackle the problem, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has developed an invisible, anti-microbial coating that can be sprayed onto surfaces to kill bacteria and viruses, including the coronavirus.
At the city’s international airport, the technology is being used in places such as seating areas and on baggage trolleys to help protect travellers’ health.
Outside the airport, the coating is also widely used inside trains, shopping malls and tourist attractions to give visitors greater peace of mind when they explore the city.
Besides smart technology and effective policies, many locals have also contributed to the fight against the pandemic as part of their everyday activities. Many have become experts in face masks and alcohol sanitisers, while even fine-dining and hot pot restaurants have introduced takeaway services for customers wishing to maintain social distance from one another.
All restaurants have also implemented a range of health safety measures to protect the wellness of customers. They must conduct temperature checks on customers at the door, while customers must use the LeaveHomeSafe mobile application before entering (except for specified categories of persons). Tables are also socially distanced, and often plastic barriers have been erected between tables.