28th June 2022 – (Hong Kong) The police today (28th) explained in a press conference the operational arrangements for President Xi Jinping’s attendance of the 1st July celebration. Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations) Lui Kam-ho said that security will be carried out at the level of the President’s arrival in Hong Kong. Sufficient forces will be deployed to ensure his personal safety, and the activities to be attended by him will be carried out safely.
The area which President Xi will visit will be established as the core security area. Therefore, the roads leading to the area will be temporarily closed. The Wan Chai North area and MTR Exhibition Centre station will also be closed at that time.
Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Department has set up temporary restricted flight zones on both sides of the Victoria Harbour, while small drones are restricted from flying in Hong Kong.
During the first phase starting from 2am tomorrow (29th), all roads leading to the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai will be closed, and some sections of the Central-Wanchai Bypass will also be closed. During the second phase, the MTR Convention and Exhibition Station will be closed on the evening of 30th, and the East Rail Line will not stop at the Convention and Exhibition Station.
The Police understand that the arrangement will cause inconvenience to the public, and point out that if members of the public want to enter or leave the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, they must undergo security checks. The Police and the Transport Department will add directional signs to give directions to motorists. Due to the closure of the public transport interchange at the MTR Exhibition Centre station, 18 bus routes will be diverted out from the affected terminus, and 22 bus routes will be diverted without going through the area.
“Police are getting prepared for President Xi’s possible visit to Hong Kong. Police will take appropriate measures to ensure the entire security operation be conducted in a safe and orderly manner,” a Police spokesman said today.
“These measures may lead to road closures, and temporary traffic and pedestrian diversions. We appeal to the public for their understanding and support and follow the instructions of the police officers at scene. Police Community Relations Officers will also provide advice to the local and neighbourhood groups on the impacts of the special arrangements,” he added.
“In addition, Police will set up designated press areas outside the key venues to facilitate media work. Designated public activity areas outside the security zones will also be set up to facilitate members of the public to hold public events. In light of the COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong, Police appeal to those who will take part in public events not only to follow the instructions of police officers at scene, but also to comply with the latest anti-epidemic requirements and social distancing measures in accordance with the relevant regulations.”
In view that the traffic conditions of Admiralty and Wan Chai North might be affected, motorists are urged to avoid driving to the areas. If they need to go to the areas, they are advised to plan early, be patient and follow the instructions of the police officers at scene.