COVID-19 Advice & Guidance to the Fencing Community

Last updated 08/04/2021.

Scroll down for current Home Country status, links to resources and dedicated advice pages including those for coaches and clubs. The latest COVID-19 related news items from BF will appear at the bottom of this page and on a dedicated news page here. Archived updates can be found here.

Current Status


On 22/2 the government announced a Roadmap to Ease Lockdown Restrictions which is expected to start on 8th March.  More details here.

From 29th March, Organised Outdoor Fencing activity can take place – more details here.

From 12th April, Organised Indoor Fencing activity will be able to take place as follows – more details here:

  • Group sizes of up to 15 U18s
  • 1:1 Lessons



On the 26 April the whole of Scotland will move to Level 3 restrictions. You can read Scottish Fencing’s Return to Sport guidance here

As a summary

  • All under 18 fencing (sparring – no lessons) can take place indoors and outdoors – check guidance for further details
  • Over 18s outdoor physical activity training – group size up to 30 including coach
  • Remember to follow Scottish Government travel restrictions


Wales – No fencing sparring and no fencing lessons permitted.

From 27th March Wales is moving gradually from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3.

Affiliated clubs and registered coaches can deliver organised outdoor fencing to U18 members with adaptations and restrictions. Lessons are permitted, sparring is not. More information here.

Individual outdoor activity – including with your own household is permitted. There is no limit to the amount of outdoor exercise an individual can undertake. Stay local restrictions are now lifted. Alert Level 3 restrictions must be followed at all times.

Indoor leisure and fitness facilities, including swimming pools, are still closed to the public.

Latest Welsh Government Advice here.


Northern Ireland – Following an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, additional restrictions were introduced for people in Northern Ireland on 19 February 2021. The current regulations are in place until 1 April 2021. They will be reviewed on 18 March 2021.

The regulations will be available on the Department of Health website.

From 12th April, structured outdoor sport training for up to 15 people (including coaches) can resume if organised by clubs/individuals affiliated to NI Fencing/BF. More information here.

Prior to 12th April:

Indoor and outdoor sport is not permitted, other than at elite level.

You should minimise time spent outside your home. You can leave your home to exercise in a public outdoor place: by yourself, with the people you live with, with your bubble, or, when on your own, with one person from another household.

You should not travel more than 10 miles from your home in order to take exercise. If, when you arrive at your proposed destination, there are crowds which will make social distancing difficult you should find an alternative place to exercise.

You cannot participate in personal one-to-one training sessions or group activities such as running or cycling.

Physical education delivered by or for schools, pre-schools and other education providers is permitted to continue.

Government Regulations and what they mean for you.


All Nations – Risk assessments must be completed before any activity takes place. Welfare and First aid provision must be considered. Welfare Officers are still a requirement for clubs. Coaches must be on the BF Register and club members must hold BF membership. No fencing competitions currently permitted – anyone intending to organise a competition within the next few months should contact BF. Any outdoor activity must have additional appropriate outdoor safety measures in place eg flooring, footwear.

(Lessons = where one fencer hits another fencer/coach on their body with a sword)

Scroll down the page to find additional useful links (including links to guidance published by Home Nation Funding agencies and local governments).  See news here for more information.



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