01/02/2022- Covid 19


A reiteration of the BF guidance that face coverings should still be worn at indoor fencing events when not engaging in physical activity (unless exempt). Clubs & Event organisers should review their risk assessments and act accordingly in light of latest government guidance.

This guidance is reiterated in light of the following Home Nation government guidance and advice:

England – In England, face coverings are no longer required by law. However the government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet. More information here.

Scotland – By law, everyone age 12 and over must wear a face covering in most indoor public places in Scotland. Exemptions apply. There are also some situations when you can temporarily remove your face covering, for example when exercising. More information here.

Wales – Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public places, and public transport, including taxis by everyone aged 11 and over, unless an exception applies. Gyms and leisure centres are indoor public places so you will need to wear a face covering when you go there and you will need to keep it on depending on what you are doing. If you are preparing to exercise, changing or undertaking any activity that isn’t strenuous, especially when in close contact with other people, you will need to wear a face covering. More information here.

Northern Ireland – The use of face coverings is now required in all indoor settings accessible to the public across Northern Ireland. This includes shops, shopping centres, public, private and school transport services, taxis, airplanes, public transport stations and airports, banks, churches, cinemas, and some government offices. Exemptions apply (inc U13s). You do not have to wear a face covering in a gym or other place where the purpose of your attendance is physical exercise. For more information see here.


Clubs & Event Organisers are encouraged to re-view their their risk assessments (templates on website here) to ensure that they comply with relevant restrictions. The BF guidelines can be found here.

If you need any advice on your risk assessment contact [email protected].

Our hope is that over the coming months, restrictions will continue to lift. Our community discussions will continue to provide an opportunity to share the latest information available at that time – more details will be posted here.

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