To avoid the movement of people, the public bus between Macau and Hong Kong, via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, will stop making the only direct connection between the two regions at 00:00 on Monday.
“No public transport can connect the two regions, starting on Monday”, with the exception of authorized private cars and goods transport, said the head of the Public Security Police Force at the daily press conference of the New Coronavirus Contingency Coordination Center on Sunday.
As of today (Sunday), the vehicle entry and exit corridors on the bridge, previously open 24 hours, will be open between 06:00 and 22:00, while the border posts will be open between 10:00 and 18:00 8:00 pm.
Last Tuesday, the transportation by the Macau authorities of residents returning to the territory via Hong Kong ended. The overwhelming majority of people arriving in Macau from international destinations, other than Asia, land at Hong Kong International Airport and only then come to Macau via the world’s longest bridge connecting the two regions, or by sea, already suspended.
Hong Kong, in a very similar measure also applied in Macau, has been banning the entry of all non-residents in the Chinese semi-autonomous region for a few days, making it virtually impossible for Macau residents to reach ‘home’.
On the other hand, the authorities indicated that one of the hotels designated for the mandatory 14-day quarantine has already been vacated, and is still being disinfected and cleaned. The number of hotels designated for medical observation are now 11.
The authorities have now counted 1,818 quarantined people, including 1,605 Macao residents, 176 non-resident workers and 37 tourists.