ENGLAND – LOCAL COVID ALERT LEVEL GUIDANCE

Updated: 03.12.2020

 Every Home Nation has different rules so please ensure you are following the rules that relate to your Home Nation. Latest Home Nation Status is summarised here. This page specifically refers to the Tiers that are in place in England.

Please note that we are doing our best to respond to the information available to us and sometimes it may take us a couple of days to get clarity over any information that is released by the government.

A three-tier system of restrictions is now in place in England to counter the steep rise in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.

There are different restrictions, depending on what alert tier an area is in: Medium (tier 1), High (tier 2), Very high (tier 3). To find out what alert tier your area is in, click here and enter your postcode.

The table Fencing Activity – Tiered Restrictions v2.0 December 3rd summarises the restrictions for each tier of COVID alert levels in England in relation to Fencing.

Local authorities and venues may impose additional restrictions. Therefore, in line with the latest government guidance and the introduction of the 3 local COVID alert levels we advise you continue to and follow these steps before engaging with fencing:

 

CHECK – BEFORE FENCING

  • Your local COVID alert level here
  • Your venue guidance
  • BF guidance including that on fencing adaptations and hygiene here
  • Your health

There are specific exemptions around certain areas of sport including U18s, sport for educational purposes and disability sport. The exemption for elite sport is not available to fencers except when participating in the UK Sport funded training to prepare athletes for the Tokyo Olympic Games qualifiers (more information here).

We have a published a quick guide in table format here: Fencing Activity – Tiered Restrictions v2.0 December 3rd.  This like all our advice is subject to change depending on advice from Government and Sport England.

We would encourage coaches, parents/guardians and fencers to risk assess all activities before taking part, in consideration of the health of all. Just because the summary table here permits an activity, this does not mean that it is in all cases appropriate for you, your child or your club and its workforce/volunteers.

These restrictions affect participation in organised sport in the following ways:

 

Medium Level (Tier 1) 

Summary: Organised fencing indoors and outdoors in accordance with the previously published BF Guidelines can continue to take place.

Clubs in Tier 1 areas should follow the current BF guidelines for Return to Fencing in England which is in line with Tier 1 restrictions.

The guidelines are already based on the ‘Rule of Six’.  There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes, and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place can take place in groups up to 15, excluding the coach/welfare officer/covid officer.

There are no restrictions on travel for sport or exercise to Tier 1 and Tier 2. You are advised not to travel into or out of areas that have a very high (Tier 3) alert level, including for sport, unless this is necessary to enable individual exercise (or exercise for people from the same household or support bubble) or enable disability sport, sport for educational purposes, or supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s to take place.

More information here.

 

High Level (Tier 2)

Summary: BF guidelines should be followed with the adaptations to setting (eg outside) and group make-up and travel restrictions necessary to meet Tier 2 restrictions.

Organised fencing can continue to take place outdoors under Tier 1 guidance (adaptations as per the BF Guidelines).

Indoors: Fencing (the activity of one person hitting another with a sword) must only be done between members of a single household or support bubble. This also includes any form of pair work (blade in hand/footwork).

Exemptions laid out in Tier 1 on specific groups of people who can fence in larger numbers continue to apply.

Exercise classes can also continue as per the rules under Tier 1. This means that clubs could run exercise classes (fitness, footwork, target hitting) provided participants from different households/support bubbles avoid interacting/mixing and stay 2m social distancing at all times.   BF will be publishing sample group class content for use by clubs and coaches.

Registered coaches can continue to provide adapted (in accordance with the BF Guidelines) 1:1 lessons  in locations that follow the government guidance on ‘Working safely during Coronavirus’.  More information here.

You can travel from a Tier 2 area to a Tier 1 area to participate in club activities, but you should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.

You are advised not to travel into or out of areas that have a very high (Tier 3) alert level, including for sport, unless this is necessary to enable individual exercise (or exercise for people from the same household or support bubble) or where it is necessary to enable disability sport, sport for educational purposes, or supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s to take place.

More details on the alert level restrictions here.

 

 

Very High Level (Tier 3)

Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s

You are advised not to travel into or out of areas that have a very high (Tier 3) alert level, including for sport, unless this is necessary to enable individual exercise (or exercise for people from the same household or support bubble) or where it is necessary to enable disability sport, sport for educational purposes, or supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s to take place.

 

More Details

More details on the alert level restrictions here.

Sport England FAQs and guidance here.

Further detailed Government Guidance relating to sport here and here.

If you have any queries regarding this and other announcements please contact us using this form. Many of the queries we get are answered in our guidance and resources here so we strongly recommend reading this in advance of contacting us.

BF will continue to update our COVID-19 advice here.  You can also subscribe to our new weekly summary email featuring the previous week’s latest news and announcements. Sign up here.

 

 

 

 

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