The number of COVID-19 positive cases are surging again in Hong Kong, generating concern among medical professionals, and doctors predict a local traveling ban may need to be implemented to slow down the rate of infection. Hong Kong artistes are again facing a possibility of stay-at-home orders and halting work yet again. Despite this, many artistes have spoken up about their support of the mandate if a stay-at-home order were to be implemented.
Roxanne Tong (湯洛雯) expressed that she has always been a homebody, and would not be opposed to the closures. “Recently, I have not had any filming projects, so I don’t need to go out. I feel safe at home and am not easily bored. I watch the dramas that I have always wanted to watch. Earlier, the gyms were all closed, so I did gain some weight. However, I bought some workout equipment to exercise at home, such as a stationary bike, an elliptical, and dumbbells. I also bought some books to read to pass the time.” On whether she is supportive of the closure, Roxanne responded, “I’m neutral about it. I’m not sure what needs to be done in order to stop this pandemic, so will go with what the experts’ advice. However, if everyone can stay home during this time, then I’m sure we can reduce the number of positive cases.”
Former Miss Hong Kong, Hera Chan (陳曉華), is supportive of the closure decision. “I have been keeping up with news about the pandemic. It seems to have grown more serious lately. I have not seen my friends because there is a risk. When I don’t have work, I stay home. I’ve been using this time to read more books and do more exercises. I don’t want allow myself to get lazy. I am also learning new things, like reviewing drama scripts, reading the newspaper to improve my speaking tones. I only leave the house when I have work. If a closure is mandated, I will abide by it.”
Samantha Ko (高海寧) expressed that she will heed the advice of medical professionals. “I don’t mind staying in. This is perhaps the quickest and most effective way to reduce the rate of infection. When the pandemic first happened, I didn’t really go out. I just read, cooked, watched dramas, played video games, and slept.”
Jeana Ho (何佩瑜) shared that she has not left the house in five days. “I’ve been meditating with my mother at home these days and reading Buddhist-related stories. Sometimes, I would watch television or exercise in the living room. It is quite a grounded lifestyle. It was through this pandemic that I started seeing things differently. I’m reminded that there is a lot to be grateful for in this world. I truly understand what impermanence means.”
Indian actor, Gill Mohinderpaul Singh (also known as Q Bobo 喬寶寶), expressed his views on the closure. “I don’t support the closure. The law should be slowly and gradually tightened. For example, business people who travel should not be exempt from being tested. Instead, they should be quarantined overnight or for 24 hours. Only after they test negative should they be let out. Right now, 90 percent of people in Hong Kong are wearing masks and we are preventing the spread pretty well. If everyone in Hong Kong gets tested and no one is exempt from it, then it would help a lot.”
Tsui Wing (徐榮) also shared his two cents on the situation, “Strengthening the measures is normal. Personally, I rarely go out anyway. Subconsciously, I feel safer being at home. It is only due to work that I leave the house almost every day, so I am considered high risk. When I return home, I immediately shower and clean myself and my clothing.”
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.