Hong Kong leader announces emergency law to ban face masks

Hong Kong, emergency law, ban

The ban would take effect Saturday, October 5.

By Reuters 

Published: Fri 4 Oct 2019, 11:24 AM

Last updated: Fri 4 Oct 2019, 7:38 PM

Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam on Friday invoked colonial-era emergency powers for the first time in more than 50 years in a dramatic move intended to quell escalating violence in the Chinese-ruled city.
Lam, speaking at a news conference, said a ban on face masks would take effect Saturday, October 5, under the emergency laws that allow authorities to "make any regulations whatsoever" in the public interest.

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