Hong Kong’s Chief Executive-elect John Lee plans to propose a closed-loop system to facilitate quarantine-free business travel between the city and mainland China, Sing Tao reported, citing people it didn’t identify.
The suggestion came from the Asian financial hub’s business community, which said their needs can be met while Hong Kong continues to work toward a full re-opening with the mainland, the report said. It didn’t give details on how the system may be implemented, or when Lee may formally propose the plan.
Closed-loop systems typically require employees to live in hotels or factory dormitories, sealing workers off from their families and the wider community. They’ve frequently been deployed in mainland China to keep production running during its spate of recent lockdowns, with Tesla Inc.’s Gigafactory requiring workers sleep on factory floors during the six-week Shanghai lockdown.
Lee has previously said one of his top priorities as leader would be to making international travel to the city accessible again but also resume normal travel with the mainland.
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