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Hong Kong scraps one of world’s longest mask mandate, here’s details

The war against the Corona epidemic is still going on worldwide. Although most of the countries have already given exemption in Covid restrictions. But wearing a Covid mask was still mandatory in Hong Kong. This was the world’s longest Covid ban on mandatory wearing of masks. In Hong Kong, from Wednesday (March 1), the mandatory requirement of face masks will end.

About 1000 days after the start of the Corona Pandemic, the people of Hong Kong will finally be able to leave the house without a mask from Wednesday (March 1).

Getting rid of covid masks in Hong Kong

Face coverings will no longer be required indoors, outdoors or while traveling in public transport. Everywhere in the world, the compulsion of masks was abolished long ago, but these rules were still applicable in Hong Kong.

What will happen if the mask is not mandatory?

Masks have been scrapped in Hong Kong as the government tries to woo tourists and foreign visitors to revive the recession-hit economy. John Lee, the city’s chief executive, said at a Tuesday (February 28) morning press conference, “We are largely resuming normalcy by removing the masking requirement. This will be very beneficial for economic development.”

There was a heavy fine for not wearing a mask

John Lee said that the elderly can use masks as needed in the hospital and at home. Lawmakers called it harmful for school children. Tourism experts and business groups warned it was undermining the city’s global image. Official figures show that by the end of 2022, Hong Kong had fined more than 22,000 people for violating the rule on wearing masks. $14.22 million was collected from fines.

Hong Kong was the last city in the world, where the rules of wearing masks were in force. By last year, most European countries had withdrawn the rules of wearing masks. Hong Kong’s Asian rival Singapore abolished indoor face coverings in August, while South Korea did the same in January this year. By the end of last year, there was a large-scale outbreak of the Corona epidemic in Hong Kong.

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