Mask rules enhanced

July 22, 2020

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)


The Government today announced it will further enhance anti-epidemic measures, mandating people to wear masks not only on public transport but at all indoor public places.


Meeting the media this afternoon, Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan explained that people must also wear masks at transport terminals and interchanges and that the extended measures will come into effect on July 23 for 14 days until August 5.


She said: “Many indoor public places would be included, for example, shopping malls, supermarkets, markets, all the covered places, the shops and all that, even building lobbies."


The latest legislative amendments and specifications under the Prevention & Control of Disease Ordinance (Cap 599) to implement the enhanced measures were gazetted today.


The Secretary for Food & Health also published in the gazette new specifications to maintain the conditions based on public health grounds imposed on travellers who have visited specified high-risk places within 14 days before arrival in Hong Kong and include Kazakhstan and the US as additional specified places with effect from July 29. 


The validity of various public health emergency regulations are also extended.


Prof Chan emphasised that the Government is monitoring the situation closely and conducting risk assessment every day, adding that it will introduce more stringent measures if the situation continues to worsen.


“Whether there will be a lockdown, of course, it depends on the entire situation.


"We are looking at some of the international practices and of course, we also have to balance the needs and the basic daily necessities of the people in Hong Kong.”


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