The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has launched a cleaning certification program for all tourist attractions and hotels to help keep visitors safe from COVID-19. HKTB and the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency (HKQAA) have prepared a list of hygiene standards for hotels, restaurants and tourist hot spots to keep people informed of the coronavirus protocol.
The protocol aims to provide standardized guidelines on hygiene measures for tourism-related industries. Dr YK Pang, President of HKTB, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new normal to the tourism landscape, and public health and safety has become a priority for visitors. Many international travel and tourism organizations have already put in place hygiene and epidemic control guidelines, and standardizing hygiene measures for each sector can send visitors the message that different parts of Hong Kong appreciate their commitment to health and safety. ”
The protocol will be applicable to hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, stores, tourist attractions, etc. Companies must follow these hygiene and epidemic control measures and after passing the assessment, company details will be uploaded to a dedicated HKQAA website.
It will also help visitors and locals understand which outlet is safe to visit. During this time, the HKQAA will conduct random inspections if the protocol is followed.
The best part is that around 1,800 businesses and outlets have expressed interest in signing up for the program, including Hong Kong Disneyland. Disneyland in Hong Kong reopened last month and visitors are required to book in advance to visit. They are also required to sign a health declaration form and follow all mandatory rules, including social distancing and face masks.
So far, Hong Kong has recorded 5,176 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 105 deaths.