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「疫境」下多隱患 西環碼頭的陰影

2020/9/19 — 9:59

近年成為「打卡」熱點的西環碼頭(資料圖片,來源:Sam Lau @ Unsplash)

近年成為「打卡」熱點的西環碼頭(資料圖片,來源:Sam Lau @ Unsplash)

西環碼頭(#instagrampier)早幾年只是藉藉無名的貨物裝卸區,因為有不少畫滿塗鴉的貨櫃與三面環海的景色,經香港以及其他地區各大媒體不斷的介紹,現已成為香港人的影相勝地。

熱度不減投訴漸多 

可惜隨著知名度漸高,碼頭租戶及其員工還有鄰近街坊的投訴都有上升趨勢……需知道西環碼頭仍有工人日夜工作。在碼頭員工工作時間內,不斷有貨車出入碼頭裝卸貨物。途人興起「打卡」,影相擺姿勢按快門看似自如,實則是在阻礙碼頭租戶的工作進度;更遑論不時有人影婚紗相甚或是進行商業用途攝影。滋擾碼頭日常運作之餘,途人在貨物裝卸區任意穿梭來去,更可能造成意外。

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影相除罩危及防疫 

在碼頭不足 500 米外,中山公園體育館已淪為政府空降的武肺化驗所,值得一提的地方是,中山公園內的火眼實驗室只符合「第二級生物安全水平的要求」,即一般的實驗室安全標準。忘情除罩的你,在流連碼頭留倩影時也有一定風險,留神防疫自不待言,但亦懇請關心必須長時間暴露在如此危險中的碼頭員工。遊人一時嬉戲,事實上就是在增加碼頭員工及區內住戶的防疫壓力。

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過往筆者曾經呼籲到訪碼頭的市民保持克制,但疫情第三次爆發以來情況並無改善。而區內居民甚感不安,亦曾多次經不同途徑反映,碼頭附近肆無忌憚除口罩「打卡」的遊人令他們對疫情的擔心有增無減。除了所謂己所不欲勿施於人,還有一句筆者欲在此補充,「勿以惡小而為之」。如果到訪碼頭的各位依然無視勸諭,繼續因一己私慾或是區區虛榮心而影響碼頭員工每天為生計辛勤勞作,恐怕貨物裝卸區不再開放予公眾使用的一天終會到來。

當然,筆者不會放棄研究一切可行的方法,以及嘗試平衡各方利益,希望無論區內抑或是區外,香港市民或者遊客都可以繼續享用這個碼頭作為寶貴的休憩空間,讓大家可以繼續欣賞美麗的西環日落。

在此再一次誠懇呼籲大家:
請尊重在碼頭辛勞工作的各位,建議每日下午 4 點半前請勿進入卸貨區範圍(如下圖黃框範圍)。疫情尚未過去,即使美景慰藉心靈,麻煩大家為人為己在公眾場所隨時戴好口罩。


【Hidden Viral Crisis Casts Shadow over Instagram Pier】

Western District Public Cargo Working Area (as known as “Instagram Pier”) has become one of the latest hotspots for people to take instagramable pictures due to its stunning sunset and the graffitied containers. 

Popularity Increases, So Do Complaints

However, the number of complaints made by the tenants is increasing with the popularity of the pier. The pier is supposed to be a workplace for those who work in the shipping industry, but nuisance can be caused when visitors enter during work hours. Some might even take their wedding photos when the tenants are working at the pier, causing impediments to their work and putting their safety in danger. 

Taking Selfies without Masks is SELFISH

Without any consultation, a temporary testing laboratory for the coronavirus was built within 500 meters distance from the pier. The lab was only claimed to be a Biosafety Level 2 lab only, this may pose a risk to residents nearby and also the visitors at the pier. Removing your mask just for a selfie does more than just exposing yourself to the virus, it also raises the chance of infecting the workers at the pier. Be considerate, please do not take selfies without your masks on.

I have urged the public to refrain from visiting the pier since the 3rd wave of outbreak, but to no avail. The pier is still overcrowded during sunsets, especially during weekends. Residents in the districts have reflected their concerns over the influx of people. If you put yourself into the residents’ shoes, you can be considerate to the workers, and avoid unnecessary visits to the pier. The authorities can ban the public from accessing the pier if people are still ignoring our voice.

I will try to ensure that everyone will still have access to our beloved pier by all means, the incredible sunset we see from the pier is definitely a valuable asset to us.

In the meantime, please respect and be considerate to the workers at the pier. Refrain yourself from entering the cargo working area before 4:30pm. I understand that it is good to be able to go outdoors and get some air after all these months of quarantine, but the pandemic has not actually passed yet. Be patient, be considerate, we will beat the virus.

西區公眾貨物裝卸區範圍
The Western District Public Cargo Working Area

西區公眾貨物裝卸區範圍
The Western District Public Cargo Working Area

影相除罩危及防疫
Taking Selfies without Masks

影相除罩危及防疫
Taking Selfies without Masks

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