Face Mask Ban Announced in Hong Kong

04 Oct 2019, 12 mins ago

A mere four days after the much anticipated Chinese National Day on 1 October 2019 (which also marked the country’s 70th birthday) Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has invoked emergency powers to announce a face mask ban.

Hong Kong saw one of the most violent protests on the 70th anniversary of Communist rule in China and the news of an activist involved in anti-government protests in Hong Kong being shot in the chest by police during a clash quickly made headline news around the world. Even following this incident, today’s announcement that the face mask ban would come into force this Saturday, 5 October (with some exemptions to cater “for legitimate needs”) still came as a surprise.

The ban was made under the Emergency Regulation Ordinance, a colonial-era law which grants the city’s leader the power to create regulations “in the public interest” in an “emergency or public danger”. The consequences of breaking the ban include up to one year in jail and a fine of HKD 25,000 (approximately £2,584).

Since the Hong Kong protests started, Gherson have received numerous enquiries from Hong Kong residents regarding relocating to the UK. Gherson has extensive experience in UK immigration law, EU law and nationality law, and has worked with Hong Kong clients since the early 90’s. Gherson lawyers frequently travel to Mainland China and Hong Kong to meet with prospect applicants who are looking to migrate to the UK under the various UK immigration categories. Should you wish to meet with one of our lawyers during their upcoming trip to Hong Kong, or would like to schedule a telephone consultation session, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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Angela Lei 

  Angela Lei

  Consultant solicitor