GEORGETOWN, Ky. — A Kentucky city is considering following the example of several others in banning masks in public places, following violent protests across the country.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the proposed Georgetown ordinance would prohibit anyone from wearing a mask, hood or a disguise that would hide a substantial portion of someone’s face. Exemptions would provide for masks for theatrical productions, sports equipment, motorcycle helmets, children under 16 or city-authorized Halloween events. The ordinance would not apply to clothing.

Assistant Police Chief Robert Swanigan says the ordinance allows peaceful protest but prevents anonymity in the case of violence.

Councilwoman Karen Tingle-Sames expressed concern about freedom of speech infringement, but Hartley said the ordinance doesn’t hinder expression of opinion.

The ordinance faces a Sept. 25 council vote.

Lexington and Pikeville have similar ordinances.

Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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