In anticipation of the move to Step 4 of the government roadmap in England on 19th July 2021, BF provide an update on the anticipated changes to event protocols.
In light of the recent announcement of the move to Step 4 of the roadmap in England from 19th July 2021, BF provides an update on the expected changes to the indoor competitive event protocols document for Step 3.
Please note that the expected changes are not yet confirmed, as we are awaiting further clarification from the Government and Sport England in the coming days.
We believe it is still appropriate for fencing events to continue to put in place risk mitigation measures to reduce transmission risk to protect the health and safety of participants, volunteers, coaches, and spectators is paramount and we have indicated the likely measures that will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
The expected changes to government guidance which directly impact the running of events are as followed:
Furthermore, requirements that will still be in place for event organisers/events are expected to be:
The rules around shaking hands are still suspended for the foreseeable future and fencers are expected to return to on guard line and salute each other (and the referee) at the end of bouts. We are also likely to recommend that shouting is minimised, particularly where spectators/coaches/supporters are in close proximity to each other and fencers/event volunteers.
At present, the following measures will remain in place at BF run events:
The updated indoor competitive event protocols document for Step Four will be published on Monday 19th July 2021 following the community discussion event on the evening of the 15th July.
Please note, as per the previous announcement, those ‘B’ grade BRCS (Cadet and Junior Women’s Foil and Junior Men’s Foil) will be held under the same measures as the other ‘B’ Grade BRCs held before the 19th July 2021.
This evening (Thursday 15th July) BF is hosting a COVID-19 Community Discussion Event – Stage 4. Sign Up for this event has been sent out to all Registered Club Admins and COVID-19 Officers on sport80. If you have not received a notification please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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