Following the four week delay to Step 4 lifting of COVID restrictions for England, BF issues a reminder of the current (Step 3) fencing activity guidelines and sets out actions for clubs, event organisers and members.
On 14th June, the government announced a delay to the lifting of restrictions in England moving the Step 4 date from 21st June to 19th July. The full announcement is here. This announcement means that the current Step 3 restrictions in place in England will remain in place until 19th July.
We are aware that clubs and event organisers have provisional plans in place from 21st June which relied on the existing restrictions being lifted. As a result, there are a number of arising recommended actions to ensure that fencing can continue to take place under the ‘Organised Sport’ definition:
Clubs to re-visit their plans for delivery from 21st June to 19th July and check/update their risk assessments (templates on website here) to ensure that they comply with current restrictions as set out in BF Return to Fencing – Fencing Guidelines England Roadmap 17th May v1.0. These guidelines set out all the measures and adaptations that members, coaches and affiliated clubs are expected to follow to allow fencing to take place until 19th July. If you need any advice on your risk assessment contact [email protected].
Event Organisers currently scheduled to run events from 21st June to 19th July to re-visit their risk assessments to ensure that they comply with current restrictions as set out in BF’s Indoor Fencing Competitive Event Protocol document (more info here). BF will be emailing all such event organisers to offer further support and request a copy of their updated risk assessments and venue layouts to ensure that the event Stage 3 guidelines can be followed. Specific areas of focus include ensuring that events operate within venue capacity caps and the ability for all those present to maintain 2m social distancing when not fencing.
Members (and their parents/guardians) need to be prepared for existing restrictions to remain. We ask for your continued support and understanding towards club volunteers and event organisers as plans to deliver fencing may have to be changed, postponed or cancelled in light of the continuation of indoor social distancing requirements and venue capacity caps. BF will be contacting all members currently entered in events scheduled between 21st June and 19th July to provide additional information on the actions BF is taking to ensure that licensed events meet the current Step 3 restrictions, and reminding members of the existing protocols (eg around hygiene, equipment sharing) which will be in place until 19th July.
We recognise that many people across the sport are working hard to restart fencing and BF is extremely grateful to those members of our community who are taking the lead in providing opportunities to train and compete. We know that in some cases difficult decisions will need to be taken in light of this decision by government. If you have any questions or would like support/advice please contact us using this form.
Next Steps – Step 4
As we move towards the 19th July, BF is expecting updates from Sport England and DCMS with regards to any ongoing restrictions affecting sport. Once these have been confirmed BF will update the website in the Roadmap zone here.
Summary Fencing activity permitted from the 17th May to 19th July (full details in the guidance document here)
Organised Outdoor Fencing can take place with no group size limits. Spectators are permitted on public and private land in groups of up to 30 whilst maintaining social distance between households groups.
Organised Indoor Fencing can continue with the following changes applied:
Face Coverings/Mask Liners
Fencing Specific Adaptations
As a reminder, all other requirements (as published here) remain in place including:
More information can be found here – Frequently asked questions on the national coronavirus restrictions | Sport England
If you have any queries regarding this and other announcements please contact us using this form. Many of the queries we receive are answered in our guidance and resources here so we strongly recommend reading this in advance of contacting us.
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