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New harbourfront space opens

The Development Bureau announced that the Pierside Precinct near Wan Chai Ferry Pier further opened today, providing a nostalgic harbourfront leisure space with a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour for the public.   Being the 12th harbourfront leisure space that opened since October last year, the newly opened area is located to the east of the ferry pier on a harbour site reclaimed for the construction of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass.   The bureau said under the incremental approach, a 180-metre-long promenade of the precinct opened earlier in March, followed by the opening of a further 80m in October.   With an area of about 4,600 sq m, the newly opened part has almost doubled the precinct's original space.   In contrast to the colourful cartoon style adopted at other harbourfront sites opened earlier in Western District and Wan Chai, the precinct mainly comprises simple fair-faced concrete and wooden structures.   It features a stylish touch with its clear and rectiline

New round of quarantine hotels set

(To watch the full media briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   A total of 36 hotels will provide about 10,000 rooms under the second round of the Designated Quarantine Hotel Scheme, Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said today.   In a media briefing this afternoon, Mr Nip noted that four hotels will join the scheme, while four hotels that took part in the scheme’s first round have chosen to withdraw.   Mr Nip said: “As regards the four hotels (from the first round) that decided to withdraw from the scheme, it is because of their own considerations or commercial reasons.”   The 36 designated quarantine hotels, with the contract period lasting from February 20 to April 20, will provide rooms of various types and rates for selection by returnees to Hong Kong.   Mr Nip explained that the Government has increased the number of hotels offering lower room rates in this new cycle.   “In this second round, we have increased the number of hotels that charge at a low-end price.   “We now have over 80%, actually it’s 83.5% of the total number of hotel rooms that will charge below $1,000 a night.”   The number of hotels offering room rates of $500 or below will increase from seven to 11 and the number of such rooms will be almost doubled to over 2,800 rooms.   To further prevent the importation of COVID-19 cases, the Government fully implemented the Designated Quarantine Hotel Scheme and Designated Transportation Scheme on December 22, 2020.   It requires all travellers arriving from countries outside China to undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days at designated quarantine hotels.
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