Quarantine exemption on humanitarian grounds for HK residents visiting Guangdong

Simon Wang made this Freedom of Information request to Commerce and Economic Development Bureau Commerce, Industry and Tourism Branch

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Dear Sir/Madam
This request of information under the Code on Access to Information is intended for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong under the leadership of the bureau. Please pass this message to Mr. Sidney CHAN and relay his reply via the email address provided.

In connection to my request of information addressing Food and Bureau regarding the same issue https://accessinfo.hk/en/request/quarant... I am writing to discuss a scenario that Mr Sidney Chan may have encountered or could have to deal with in the near future although I hope our discussion remains hypothetical. Given that HK residents visiting the Mainland have to be quarantined for 21 days, we have to think carefully about the cases in which some people cannot afford the time to isolate. For example, a person may visit Guangdong to see his/her close relatives on their deathbeds or to attend a funeral or to take care of family members in an accident.

Of course this matter has to be decided by the Mainland authorities. My question is about whether the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong could offer support to HK residents who have found themselves in such unfortunate situations. Here are my questions for Mr. Sidney CHAN to answer under the Code on Access to Information:

1. As far as you know, does the Guangdong authorities consider the application for exemption from quanratine from HK residents on humanitarian grounds? If so please provide details.

2. Did the office led by Mr Chan discuss this matter with the Guangdong offices? Please provide relevant info if available. If no information can be provided due to confidentiality, please simply answer yes or no.

3. In what ways could the office led by Mr Chan provide help to HK residents in such situation described above?

4. Did the office led by Mr Chan receive any request for help related to such situation. If no information can be provided due to confidentiality, please simply answer yes or no.

Thanks in advance for your attention to this matter.

Yours faithfully,
Simon Wang

Dr Simon Wang, Ph.D., FHEA
Lecturer in English
Language Centre
Hong Kong Baptist University
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Phone: (852) 34117044
http://lc.hkbu.edu.hk/staff_simon.php
Writing for the Public Project

Carina SHUM, Commerce and Economic Development Bureau Commerce, Industry and Tourism Branch

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Dear Dr WANG,

I refer to your preceding email of 21 May 2021, requesting access to
information about quarantine exemption on humanitarian grounds for HK
residents visiting Guangdong.

As the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong is under the
purview of the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau (CMAB), I would
like to seek your consent for us to transfer your request and personal
data to CMAB for follow-up action and direct reply to you.

Please let me know by 1 June 2021 if you agree to the above arrangement.
 Thank you.

Regards,
Ms Carina SHUM
for Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development
(Commerce, Industry and Tourism)

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Freedom of Information request - Quarantine exemption on humanitarian
grounds for HK residents visiting Guangdong

[FOI #658 email] to: [Commerce and Economic Development Bureau Commerce, Industry and Tourism Branch request email] 21.05.2021
06:25 PM

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Dear Ms Carina SHUM,
I will submit a new request to CMAB. Many thanks for your help.

Yours sincerely,
Simon Wang