Hong Kong is set to lift their mandatory COVID-19 hotel quarantine policy as of October, some 2 and a half years after the policy was first introduced.

Under new guidelines, overseas visitors will no longer need to quarantine at designated hotels, while residents will be allowed to go straight home to self monitor for a week.

The move comes after the city’s leader John Lee, stated that his wish to have an orderly opening up as the city aims to remain connected with the rest of the world.

Businesses and residents of the former British colony have bristled at the level of COVID-19 restrictions, which they see as harming the city’s standing as a global financial centre.

Under current restrictions, arrivals must pay for three days in a hotel and then 4 days of self-monitoring while the city still bans public gatherings of more than 4 people.