Taken from the FB HK Quarantine Support Group forum
We arrived in the Hong Kong airport yesterday. This is a photo of where our disabled son slept last night. Our reason to leave was to see family we had not seen in over three years. For approximately a month we have petitioned the DOH to grant an exemption to our nine year old son who has severe autism, ADHD and is a member of the non speaking community.
Acccording to his doctors, being confined to a small room would lead to self-harm, harming others, and escaping quarantine, and we fully documented this in our petition to the DOH. Diagrams of our home, square footage and full personal details of all inhabitants of the home and his caregivers were given to the DOH. The DOH refused to grant an exemption prior to arrival (despite granting pre-arrival exemptions to Nicole Kidman and other wealthy people who are not severely disabled).
One particularly difficult incident was when a DOH officer asked why our son arrived in Hong Kong given the quarantine requirement. Given he was born in Hong Kong, his father is a Hong Kong citizen and this is his home and he has a legal right to return, we were surprised by this line of questions.
Upon arrival my husband and son were processed as normal, so following the doctor’s recommendation did not agree to go to the hotel so that he would not be confined. Multiple petitions throughout the day and night were ignored or punted without accountability to one person after another.
My husband and son were forced to sleep on the cold floor of the airport because no government employee would make a decision. At 4 am, my husband relinquished and came to the hotel quarantine facility because being forced to sleep on a concrete floor because bureaucrats refused to make a decision was inhumane punishment.
At approximately 11:30 am, this morning, my son's home quarantine exemption was approved by the government. While this has a somewhat good ending, we believe this absurd situation needs to be discussed and addressed. The effect of this policy is that disabled persons are unable to come home to Hong Kong, and that must not be the case.
It is a human right to be able to return to your residence, even if you are disabled.