New Jersey Division of Fencing

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Governor Murphy signs Executive Order re: Sport Events

TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy last night signed Executive Order No. 204, which pauses indoor practices and competitions for youth and adult sports from Saturday, December 5 at 6:00 a.m. through Saturday, January 2, 2021. The EO also lowers the outdoor gatherings limit from 150 people to 25 people, effective Monday, December 7 at 6:00 a.m.

“As we battle the second wave of COVID-19, we must continue to take all steps necessary to prevent needless infections, hospitalizations, and deaths from this deadly virus,” said Governor Murphy.“While there is hope on the horizon in the form of several vaccines, in the interim, we are taking these steps today to protect our communities. It is our intention for indoor sports to resume in the new year, but this can only happen if our state remains committed to the fight against COVID-19.”

Indoor Youth and Adult Sports

Indoor sports practices and competitions, including group, competitive and/or organized sporting activities for youth and adults, will be prohibited starting Saturday, December 5, at 6:00 a.m. until Saturday, January 2, 2021. This prohibition will not impact collegiate and professional sporting activities. Private fitness classes, lessons, and trainings at gyms, studios and similar locations are permitted to continue.

Outdoor Gatherings

Wedding ceremonies, funerals, memorial services, and religious and political activities are not subject to the outdoor gatherings limit. All other types of gatherings, such as a high school football game or an outdoor concert, will be limited to 25 individuals. Athletes, coaches, referees and other individuals necessary for a professional or collegiate sports competition are not counted towards the 25-person limit.

For other adult and youth sports occurring outdoors, the number of individuals necessary for a game or practice can exceed the 25-person limit, but only if no individuals who are not necessary for the event, such as spectators, are present.

Outdoor gatherings continue to be subject to strict social distancing restrictions, including the requirement to wear masks whenever it is not possible to social distance.

Addiction Support Groups

Indoor meetings of addiction groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, are not limited to 10 individuals, but will instead be limited to 25 percent of the capacity of the room in which they take place, up to a maximum of 150 individuals.

For a copy of Executive Order No. 204, please click here.

https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/announcements/all-announcements/governor-murphy-signs-executive-order-pausing-indoor-practices-and-competitions-for-youth-and-adult-sports-and-lowering-limits-on-outdoor-gatherings?fbclid=IwAR2m-a0TJwqkTMCb5lHEyDCZ_R3AUnbnJgEYgWbJ2ShRVYPY-yZBS__8FfY

 

News from the National office concerning Regional events

Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases throughout the country, USA Fencing is delaying the launch of Phase 3 in the Return to Competition until Feb. 1, 2021.

Athletes competing in regional events may do so in their region only through Jan. 31, 2021. Super Youth Circuit events may take place no earlier than Feb. 1, 2021. The Austin SYC and RCC will now be held as an RYC and RCC and will remain on Dec. 19-21 with participants from the host region earning regional points only. All other SYC tournaments scheduled in December and January will be postponed until later in the season. Updates regarding rescheduling of these events will be posted at https://www.usafencing.org/regional-calendar.

The Super Junior and Cadet Circuit also will begin no earlier than Feb. 1, 2021 with dates and locations to be posted in the coming weeks.

The Tournament Committee will evaluate qualification pathways throughout the season. A top percentage of each regional points list-based qualification will be used to compensate for the differences in the number of events in each region. The percentage of each regional list will be determined as the field size for Summer Nationals becomes clearer. The TC will examine expanding division qualification pathways as needed should there be an insufficient number of regional events.

If you have any questions regarding the regional event schedule, please contact regionalevents@usafencing.org.

https://www.usafencing.org/news_article/show/1134398?fbclid=IwAR1We2XyF-JlqOKU-zvEWOrPOjtF1q3xAskOyKG7aQALeKesRP2CE9N9kTQ

NJ Division Tournaments limited to NJ residents for time being due to COVID

Please note that in accordance with renewed State requirements and efforts to combat escalating COVID cases (see EO 194), all NJ Division tournaments are restricted to NJ residents only until further notice. This is of course in addition to being subject to mandatory masks (including during bouting, warm ups, etc), participant caps and other COVID related guidelines that we have previously disseminated to clubs and organizers. We strongly recommend these guidelines for club practices as well. Thank you for your patience and compliance as we continue our return to fencing in as safe a manner as possible.

Coronavirus update

NJ Division fencers and coaches: As we commence reopening activities, adherence to NJ State Government requirements and guidelines can help ensure safety and avoid setbacks. As applicable to sports and recreational practices, the State of NJ currently requires that; ALL individuals (including parents, coaches, staff, etc) SHALL wear cloth face coverings while indoors (as well as outdoors when social distancing is not possible), unless doing so will endanger the subject’s health. Athletes/participants should wear cloth or disposable face coverings when not engaging in vigorous activity, such as when sitting, or when interacting with staff or other participants. USA Fencing’s national office has also made a non-mandatory recommendation that face coverings be used during fencing activity, though face coverings are not required by the State of NJ while persons are engaged in high intensity aerobic or anaerobic activities. Face coverings should not be worn when doing so may endanger the individual’s health. Clubs should also continue to follow other guidelines and restrictions including, but not limited to restrictions on maximum capacity, scheduling to limit unncessary overlap of groups/athletes, and COVID-19 related cleanliness and hygiene. Individuals, including coaches, players, and families, should stay home if they have tested positive for, or are showing COVID-19 symptoms. Thank you for respecting the State government guidelines and keeping our community safe. (See NJ Executive Orders 163, 168, and NJ Dept of Health “Guidance for Sports Activities”)

USA Fencing Return to Fencing Guidelines

USA Fencing announced earlier this month that sanctioning of in-person non-competition activities could resume in locations where the clubs are permitted to operate or reopen by local and state laws, regulations, executive orders and other legal mandates regarding COVID-19.

As states and municipalities begin to release more information regarding opening dates for businesses that include fencing clubs, USA Fencing is now issuing Return to Fencing Guidelines that address suggested precautions for fencers and their families, club owners, coaches, administrators and division leaders.

The Return to Fencing Guidelines are recommendations, not mandates. They are based in significant part upon current guidelines promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and other publicly available resources. The knowledge surrounding COVID-19 is constantly changing and clubs’ circumstances may differ depending on their geographic locations, facilities, memberships and other factors. Accordingly, USA Fencing encourages clubs and participants to implement the following measures, to the extent reasonably possible, as minimum precautions.

As a reminder, USA Fencing’s sanction, and thus its insurance coverage, will apply only to areas in which clubs can be open legally.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Return to Fencing Guidelines, please contact information@usafencing.org.

https://www.usafencing.org/news_article/show/1106819…

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Reopening….

USA Fencing has developed suggested precautions for fencers and their families, club owners, coaches, administrators and division leaders as we think about our return to fencing. Recommended practices will continue to evolve and are no substitute for professional medical and legal advice, but this is a great start as clubs think about reopening:
https://www.usafencing.org/news_article/show/1106819…

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