In Solidarity We Shall Win the Battle Against COVID-19--- A Letter to All Chinese and Foreign Nationals in Zhaoqing
Dear Chinese and foreign nationals in Zhaoqing: Zhaoqing, as a key node city of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, has a long history of being an open and inclusive city. It is held dear as the auspicious place and beautiful home by Chinese and foreign nationals living in harmony here. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Zhaoqing has been implementing with firm resolve the strategic decisions of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council, and adhering to the requirements of Guangdong Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China and Guangdong Provincial People’s Government. Taking the safety and health of all Chinese and foreign nationals in Zhaoqing as our top priority, we have tried our best to ensure effective and orderly implementation of COVID-19 prevention and control measures based on science and law. People in Zhaoqing have all worked together in this fight. Through unremitting efforts, positive trend in preventing and controlling COVID-19 has been constantly consolidated and expanded. In this process, we have received tremendous supports from foreign governments, NGOs and friendly people from all sectors, which we highly appreciate. At present,we are still faced with great pressure of guarding against imported cases and domestic resurgence. It is necessary for us to work together and spare no effort in building stronger defense against COVID-19. Therefore, we would like to remind everyone in Zhaoqing of the following: 1. Zhaoqing has taken comprehensive, strict and thorough prevention and control measures under the deployment of superior departments, and has strictly applied undifferentiated health management service to both Chinese and foreign nationals in Zhaoqing in accordance with laws and regulations. All foreign nationals in Zhaoqing are treated equally. 2. Humanistic care is provided when implementing epidemic prevention and control measures and offering health management service. We give full consideration to reasonable concerns of Chinese and foreign nationals and provide necessary guarantee and assistance to effectively protect their legitimate rights and interests. 3. All Chinese and foreign nationals in Zhaoqing are obliged to cooperate with governments at all levels and relevant departments to implement prevention and control measures according to Chinese laws and regulations. Those who violate the laws or regulations shall be held accountable. 4. We firmly oppose any discriminatory practice against specific individual or group, and allow zero tolerance for discriminatory remarks and deeds. 5. Any organization or individual shall not restrict or refuse providing hotel accommodation and renting houses to any specific group of people because of their nationality, race, gender or skin color. Nor should they be denied free access to such public venues as local communities, shops and parks. 6. Any organization or individual shall not restrict or turn away any specific group of people from taking buses, taxis or other public transportation because of their nationality, race, gender or skin color, and shall not refuse to provide daily services including hair cutting, shopping and catering for them. 7. Any organization or individual shall not apply differentiated treatment or discriminatory practices to any specific group of people because of their nationality, race, gender or skin color when they are seeking medical care in medical institutions. 8. It is necessary for all people in Zhaoqing to implement strict individual prevention and control measures according to relevant guidance, and to practice good personal hygiene including wearing a face mask, washing hands frequently and cutting off group activities. 9. In this special period of time, we encourage all Chinese and foreign nationals in Zhaoqing to obtain the latest information concerning epidemic prevention and control from authoritative sources, and to maintain a rational and objective attitude. 10. We provide assistance for foreign nationals in Zhaoqing who have any reasonable request concerning epidemic prevention and control. Everyone can contact the 24-hour multilingual service hotline 1258088 or Zhaoqing Foreign Affairs Bureau via 0758-2237010/15602264710. We firmly believe that with the joint efforts of all people in Zhaoqing, we will be able to win the battle against COVID-19! Let us join hands to protect our beautiful living home!
Foreign Affairs Bureau of Zhaoqing City
April 26th, 2020