Starting from January 30 the Hong Kong Maritime Department will suspend ferry services between the Outer Harbour and the Taipa Ferry Terminals with the Tuen Mun and the Kowloon Ferry terminals, the Government Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre announced today.
Meanwhile, the frequency of ferry services connecting the two SARs – currently operated by Turbojet and Cotai Water Jet – to the Hong Kong International Airport and the Sheung Wan Ferry Terminal will be reduced starting from that date.
Authorities also asked residents and passengers who need to use maritime passenger transportation to pay attention to shipping company flight information and to use health masks at the terminal and during the voyage.
The measure is part of several announced today by Hong Kong Chief Executive to reduce cross-border travel so as to decrease the risk of spreading the new coronavirus, such as the suspension of individual travel visas for mainlanders and the shutdown of the railways to the city.
Flights from and to the mainland will be cut by half and cross-border tour buses will also be reduced, with all the measures mentioned to be enforced starting from midnight of Thursday.
Secretary for Administration and Justice André Cheong Weng Chon also stated today that in order to contain the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, the Chinese central government has already suspended the issue of individual travel visas for mainlanders to travel to Macau.