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4. Using facial covering to prevent identification (s.3 Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation)

Anyone who uses any facial covering that is likely to prevent identification while he is at an unlawful assembly, unauthorised assembly, or in a public meeting or public procession where a Notice of No Objection has been issued is liable to a maximum fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for 1 year.


“Facial covering” includes masks or any other article of any kind (including paint) that covers all or part of a person’s face.


It will be defence for this offence if it can be established that there is lawful authority or reasonable excuse for using a facial covering. A “reasonable excuse” would include the person wearing the facial covering was engaged in a profession or employment and the facial covering was worn for his physical safety while performing an act connection with his profession or employment; the facial covering was worn for religious reasons; or the facial covering was used for a pre-existing medical or health reason.