‘Closed-loop’ plan for Hong Kong top officials ahead of 25th handover anniversary

Chief Executive Carrie Lam, ministers among those to be prevented from meeting outsiders for a week before possible mainland Chinese state leader’s visit.

Hong Kong’s top officials and advisers to the chief executive are expected to be put under a week-long “closed-loop” arrangement towards the end of June, as part of preparations for a possible visit by a mainland Chinese state leader for the 25th anniversary of the city’s handover.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, ministers and permanent secretaries, as well as non-official members of the Executive Council, Lam’s de facto cabinet, will be placed under a stringent system preventing them from meeting outsiders for a week before the state leader’s visit, the Post has learned.

Chief Executive-elect John Lee Ka-chiu and his governing team are also expected to be put under the closed-loop arrangement, which is still being finalised by authorities.