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Shuli Ren

Tips for Surviving Hong Kong’s 21-Day Covid Quarantine

Christmas in isolation wouldn’t be so bad if I could get a decent cup of coffee.

Our reporter’s view during her 21-day quarantine. 

Our reporter’s view during her 21-day quarantine. 

Photographer: Shuli Ren/Bloomberg

I recently had the good fortune to take a five-week work trip to meet colleagues, friends and contacts in London and New York. But the price I had to pay, upon my return to Hong Kong, was the city’s mandatory three-week hotel quarantine.  

I was lucky. Soon after my arrival, the government tightened its rules further over fears of the fast-spreading omicron. Those arriving from the U.S. will need to spend the first week in the government’s bare-bones quarantine center