Statement of the Hong Kong Scrabble Players Association (“HKSPA”) on Prohibition of Face Covering

HKSPA refers to a letter (the “Letter”) from the Education Bureau to all schools in Hong Kong dated 4 October 2019, which is issued on the same day as the Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation was gazetted. In the Letter, the Education Bureau stated that in principle, students should not wear masks or cover their faces in any other ways in or out of school, except for religious or health reasons, and that there is no reason for students to cover their faces when conducting normal daily activities. HKSPA disagrees with the view expressed in the Letter. It is HKSPA’s view that all students are entitled to choose to wear masks in their schools and in their daily lives. HKSPA will not enforce any ban on masks in any of its Scrabble tournaments in Hong Kong. HKSPA reiterates that all participants of our events have the right to wear masks lawfully in our events, which are all organised in strict accordance with the laws of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Scrabble Players Association
5 October 2019

香港Scrabble總會有關禁止蒙面之聲明

於二零一九年十月四日,即《禁止蒙面規例》刊憲當日,教育局向全港學校發信。教育局在信件中表示,原則上,學生在校內或校外均不應戴上口罩或以任何其他方式遮蓋臉孔,有宗教或健康原因除外。教育局亦表示,同學們進行正常日常活動及與師長及同儕相處時沒有理由遮蓋臉孔。本會不同意教育局的看法。本會認為所有學生均有權決定於校內及日常生活中選擇戴上口罩。本會不會禁止任何人士於本會舉辦的比賽中戴上口罩。本會重申,於本會依法舉辦的活動中,所有參加者均有權合法地戴上口罩。

香港Scrabble總會

二零一九年十月五日

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