Hong Kong protests: Face mask ban explained

The anti-mask law bans face masks and facial coverings, which have been used by demonstrators to hide their identities in city-wide protests

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A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask taking part in a march.

The Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation, which came into force on October 5, bans people from concealing their faces.

Under the ban, people are prohibited from covering up their faces with masks, paint or other objects during all “public assemblies,” which includes marches or rallies – both authorised and unauthorised ones.

While individuals with reasonable excuses can be exempted from the ban, police have the authority to temporarily remove their masks to verify their identities. 

Graphic: Doris Wai/SCMP