Cabinet ministers unveiled the quarantine plans just 6 hours before the new policy was due to come on.
On Saturday, Hong Kong will introduce quarantine for two weeks for all people arriving from the mainland. Chinese and global visitors can quarantine in hotels or any other accommodation they have organized.
"I have friends who couldn't get it, so I'm helping them buy it", said one of the buyers, an accountant who only gave her last name, Yeung.
Hong Kong Airlines said on Friday that it will slash 400 jobs and cut operations given weak travel demand because of the coronavirus outbreak, adding to financial woes for the city's second-largest carrier.
But they will face daily phone calls and spot checks by officials, with up to six months in prison for those found to be breaching their isolation period. We have already been taking multiple measures to achieve this.
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"The problem of supply shortages does not exist", said Chief Administrative Secretary Matthew Cheung. "There is no need for the public to worry", it said.
The new coronavirus that emerged in a Chinese market at the end of past year has killed at least 490 people and spread around the world.
The flu-like coronavirus can be transmitted from person to person and has infected more than 31,000 and claimed 636 lives so far on the mainland.
However, those who have family, work and home obligations are expected to stay in China despite the lockdown in many areas and the infection of more than 20,000 with the virus and a death toll of 427.
Hong Kong Airlines has announced a big new round of layoffs. Some medical staff have been on strike for the past three days, demanding a full border closure.