The State Department raised its risk assessment for Hong Kong by one level on August 7, advising US citizens to exercise increased caution due to the ongoing protests.
While pointing out that most of the protests have been peaceful, "some have turned confrontational or resulted in violent clashes" and have spilled over into neighborhoods other than those where the police had given permission for marches and rallies. These incidents can take place with little or no notice, it said, adding the following safety tips:
- Monitor local media for updates.
- Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
- Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Keep a low profile.
The new advisory places Hong Kong one notch above the least risky assessment in the State Department's four-level risk assessment system.
If you are concerned about your own safety in Hong Kong, or would like information regarding how the ongoing protests in the city may affect your employees, stakeholders or business operations, please refer to the following website links.