Hong Kong will no longer require visitors to stay in quarantined hotels

Hong Kong mayor John Lee announced new quarantine measures on Friday . The city will no longer require new visitors to quarantine in designated hotels .

As the city looks to expand internationally after nearly two years, Hong Kong's mayor declared that the city will no longer require new visitors to quarantine in designated hotels.At a press conference, city chief executive John Lee said that prospective travelers would no longer need a negative PCR test within 48 hours before boarding a flight to Hong Kong.Instead, they will have to show a negative Covid-19 result from a rapid antigen scan conducted 24 hours before their flight.The steps will go into force on Monday.

Lee also stated that authorities will not roll back the steps announced Friday.He argued that there must be a balance between risks and economic development.From Monday, visitors to Hong Kong will have three days of home security.If they test negative for Covid-19 after three days, they will be allowed to go to bars and restaurants.

With 21 days of mandatory isolation, the city had one of the world's longest quarantine periods.Hong Kong is gearing up for a number of high-profile sporting events, including the Rugby Sevens tournament in November and an international banking summit, as the easement of measures comes as Hong Kong prepares to host a number of high-profile sporting events.