It seems the Hong Kong High Court messed up. Recall that, last week, the court ruled Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s “emergency” rule barring Hong Kong citizens from wearing masks was illegal. Lam’s rule, the court ruled
infringed on fundamental rights more than was reasonably necessary.
The court, having received its marching orders from Beijing, through Lam’s government corrected itself:
following an appeal from the government to freeze the ruling, the court agreed to grant a one-week suspension in view of the “highly exceptional circumstances that Hong Kong is currently facing,” local broadcaster RTHK reported.
Just in time for today’s nominally free local—district—elections (elections to the city’s legislature won’t be for another year).