COVID-19 Advice & Guidance to the Fencing Community

Last updated 20/08/2021.

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


Last updated 20.07.2021

From 19th July:

  • There will be no restrictions on the numbers of those taking part in sessions.
  • All sports facilities will be able to open and there will be no indoor capacity caps. Venues and clubs can however, put in place restrictions for enclosed areas as part of their own guidance and risk assessments.
  • Indoor Fencing competitions can resume.
  • Sport specific guidance will still be in place to reduce the risk of transmission.

More information here.



Last updated 20.08.2021

From Monday 9th August Scotland will move to “beyond level 0”, with a number of mitigating measures remaining.

Scottish Fencing guidance is available here

Scottish Fencing adaptive fencing guidance is here

The key points are:

  • Legal restrictions: Most legal restrictions will be lifted. This includes legal restrictions on physical distancing and the size of social gatherings. No businesses will legally have to remain closed. And while physical distancing is no longer a legal requirement Scottish Fencing recommends clubs maintain social distancing during sessions wherever possible such as when there is a break in activities.
  • Mitigations: A number of mitigating measures will remain in place. These include:
    • Face coverings: The current legal requirements to wear face coverings in some indoor settings will remain in place for some time to come. When not active coaches, referees and participants unless U12 or exempt should wear a face covering.
    • Test & Protect: The Test and Protect system will remain in place to support contact tracing. Clubs should keep maintaining good attendance records.
    • Local outbreak management: Scottish Government will retain the option of putting in place local measures and travel restrictions to manage local outbreaks. Covid Officers will need to keep informed of what is in place in their area.
    • Events: The process for approving large-scale events will remain in place, with approval required from local authorities for events of over 5,000 people outdoor or over 2,000 people indoors.
    • Guidance: Businesses will be offered guidance on areas such as ventilation and hygiene to reduce the risk of transmission. The public are still being advised to keep a safe distance, especially indoors, from people in other households and avoid crowded places to minimise risk. Clubs should maintain good hygiene including following British Fencing’s equipment cleaning protocols.

Further information on other matters such as how to get your facility ready for sport and guidance for events is available on sportscotland’s website here

Please see the summary poster here.


Last updated: 20.07.2021

From Saturday 17 July

Complete the move to alert level 1:

  • Organised indoor events for up to 1,000 seated or 200 standing can take place, subject to a risk assessment and taking reasonable measures
  • Maximum numbers will be determined by a risk assessment which includes taking reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to and spread of coronavirus. Reasonable measures must also include ensuring social distancing can be maintained between individual households or groups of six (as the case may be).
  • Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public places


From Saturday 7 August (if conditions allow)

Complete the move to alert level 0:

  • Remove legal restrictions on the number of people who can meet indoors, including in private homes, public places or at events
  • Face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises.


The full guidance can be found here:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Topic | GOV.WALES


Northern Ireland

Last updated: 20.07.2021

From 30th June:

  • 500 person cap on participants
  • 500 person cap on spectators
  • Outdoor sport, track and trace must be operated for participants
  • Indoor sport, risk assessments carried out to determine appropriate usage figures
  • Changing rooms (for indoor or outdoor sport) can be used in line with completed risk assessment
  • Indoor sport, track and trace must be operated for participants and facility users


From 1st July:

The Executive has decided that from 2 July, the cap on outdoor gatherings will be removed and the maximum number permitted will be determined by the risk assessment carried out for the venue.

From 5 July all gatherings, indoors and outdoors (not including domestic settings) will now only be subject to a risk assessment if they have more than 15 participants for indoors, or more than 30 participants for outdoors.

Further information on the ‘Return to Sport‘ page on Sport NI.

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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