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Rural voter registration opens

The voter registration campaign for the 2021 Rural Representative Election opened today.   Those eligible should sign up by July 16, the Home Affairs Department said.   There are three types of rural representatives - Indigenous Inhabitant Representatives, Resident Representatives and Kaifong Representatives.   Indigenous Inhabitant Representatives are returned by indigenous inhabitants, their spouses or surviving spouses of an indigenous or composite indigenous village.   They reflect indigenous inhabitants’ views on village affairs, and deal with affairs relating to indigenous inhabitants’ lawful traditional rights and interests and the traditional way of life.   Resident Representatives are returned by both indigenous and non-indigenous inhabitants living in an existing village. They reflect views on village affairs on behalf of the residents.   Kaifong Representatives, returned by Cheung Chau or Peng Chau residents, reflect residents’ views on the two market towns’ affa

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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