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Hong Kong to scrap COVID mask mandate from March 1

Aims to lure back visitors and business, restore normal life after over 3 years

Travelers arrive at Hong Kong's Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint.   © Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) -- Hong Kong will drop its COVID-19 mask mandate, Chief Executive John Lee said on Tuesday, in a move to lure back visitors and business and restore normal life more than three years after stringent rules were first imposed in the financial hub.

The measure will take effect from Wednesday, Lee told a press briefing. The special administrative region of Hong Kong is one of the last places globally that still imposes a mask mandate.

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