COVID-19 Advice & Guidance to the Fencing Community

Last updated 019/10/2020.

Scroll down for 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

England – Indoor (Tier 1) and outdoor adapted fencing activities can take place under BF Return to Fencing – Guidelines from 2nd October in England v2.0

Subject to local government guidance, risk assessments in place and BF membership. More information and resources can be found here.

Information on Tier 2 and Tier 3 can be found here.

No fencing competitions currently permitted.

Scotland – Outdoor fencing resumes for U17s under Phase 3 guidance – more information here. 2m social distancing remains in place for adults which means no fencing sparring and no fencing lessons  currently permitted between members of different households.

Temporary additional measures (mixed national and regional scope) in place from 1am Saturday 10 October, and will remain in place until  Sunday 25 October inclusive.  More information here.


Wales – Latest announcement (10th August) here. No fencing sparring and no fencing lessons. Wales will enter a “fire break” lockdown at 6pm on Friday the 23rd October. This period will continue until the 9th of November.

Exercise outdoors can continue, but it should start and end at home. Exercise must only be undertaken with people you live with. Gatherings outdoors for group exercise will be prohibited. More information here (WSA) and here (FAQs Welsh Government).

Latest Welsh Government Advice here.


Northern Ireland – New measures in regulatory effect on Friday October 16th  for a period of four weeks. No indoor fencing of any kind involving household mixing. No mass events involving more than 15 people (except for allowed outdoor sporting events where the relevant number for that will continue to apply). Gyms may remain open but for individual training only with local enforcement in place

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. 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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