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COVID-19 - Update for Clubs and Activities Clarification - March 17, 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Clubs

Dear USA Fencing Club Owners,

We understand that right now is a challenging time for everyone in the nation and around the world as we attempt to navigate the current circumstances created by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Over the past few days, many of you have chosen to suspend classes at your clubs and, although we know these decisions were heart-wrenching, the fencing community as well as the local, national and international communities at large, becomes a safer place the more precautions we take to protect each other from this disease.

In order to protect the health and safety of all of our members - including athletes, coaches, staff and their families - clubs should suspend practices, lessons and gathering for the next three weeks. This applies to any club activity, including group sessions as well as individual lessons. In consultation with our insurance carrier, we will not be providing insurance coverage for Member Clubs beginning March 18 and continuing through at least April 6. Coaches at Affiliate Clubs will not have liability insurance coverage for the same period of times. As you all know, this situation is continually evolving and we will keep you updated with any changes in the coming weeks.

This was not a decision anyone came to lightly. The guidance from the Centers for Disease Control has been that social distancing is necessary to prevent the spread of the disease and that asymptomatic individuals can be carriers. We know many clubs have put social distancing practices into place in order to keep access to the sport open for your members during these challenging times; however, with schools, universities and workplaces suspending classes and creating virtual working environments to protect everyone, we are asking you to follow suit.

We will revisit this timeframe within the coming weeks; however, please note that the Centers for Disease Control is calling for no mass gatherings of 50 or more individuals for eight weeks which means that, when fencing resumes, classes and events are to be restricted in size until May 10.

We know that our nation's fencing clubs are the heart of the sport, but also that we must do what is necessary to protect everyone within our fencing family.

If you have any questions, please contact me at B.Bodor@usafencing.org.

Sincerely,
Bob Bodor
Director of Member Services
USA Fencing | USAFencing.org
USA Fencing, 4065 Sinton Rd., Suite 140, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
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Clarification Regarding Club Activities

Dear USA Fencing Club Owners,
As a point of clarification regarding the email sent out this morning, in order to protect the health and safety of all of our members, and in consultation with our insurance carrier, Member Clubs and coaches should suspend practices, lessons and gatherings at this time. Accordingly, beginning March 18 and continuing through at least April 6, USA Fencing will not be sanctioning such activities, and insurance coverage will therefore be unavailable for those activities during that time.
If you have any questions, please contact me at B.Bodor@usafencing.org.

Sincerely,
Bob Bodor
Director of Member Services
USA Fencing | USAFencing.org
USA Fencing, 4065 Sinton Rd., Suite 140, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
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Message on behalf of USA Fencing,

Over the course of the last seven days, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has prompted unprecedented changes within the world of sport.

In prioritizing the health and wellness of all our members, USA Fencing will not be sanctioning any local, regional, national or international tournaments from March 16-April 6.

Divisions are directed to postpone all sanctioned competitions across the country through April 6, 2020.

In order to allow participants from postponed tournaments to still be eligible to compete at the National Championships and July Challenge, the deadlines have been extended as follows:

Division Qualifying Forms Submission Deadline: June 1
Petition Deadline: June 3
Regular Fee Deadline: June 3
Triple Fee Deadline: June 12
Withdraw Deadline: June 12
Classification Deadline: June 12
Check-In Times Posted: June 8

We continue to urge everyone to practice preventative measures and prioritize the health and well-being of all of members and their families.

Tips for Fencers, Coaches, Staff, etc.

Stay home from practice or competition if you feel sick.

Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer with 60-90% alcohol when restrooms are unavailable.

Avoid direct physical contact with others (keep a six-foot distance when possible).

Salute or elbow bump competitors, coaches and referees rather than shaking hands.

Do not touch your face during a bout or training session.

Do not share water bottles.

Do not put your mouth on water fountains.

Tips for Club Owners and Tournament Organizers

Make sure to have hand sanitizer and tissues in high traffic areas throughout the training or competition space, including near bout committee tables, water dispensers, score tables, etc.

Wash all shared gear and use sanitizng wipes on weapons in between uses. Read tips on how to wash masks.
Keep sanitizing wipes near reels and other frequently touched equipment.

As always, make sure restrooms and locker rooms are properly cleaned on a frequent basis.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly.

The CDC recommends preventative actions regarding respiratory illnesses, including:

Stay home when you are sick.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Everyone is encouraged to seek further information using the CDC and the WHO websites:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Questions or personal concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) should be directed to your local healthcare provider. This remains a dynamic situation and USA Fencing will update our decisions and recommendations on a regular basis both via email and at www.usafencing.org/coronavirus.