BF has to announced that with some adaptations, indoor recreational fencing can restart from 25th July in England. For the full press release and links to important information click here.
For your interest the following points are most likely to apply.
Fencing specific adaptations include (but are not limited to):
·Protocols around equipment usage – no sharing of personal equipment, minimising other equipment sharing and disinfecting protocols. (Specific Cleaning info here)
•Equipment adaptations – eg use of fencing mask liners in situations where face coverings under fencing masks are not appropriate.
•Rule changes – no handshaking or any other type of body contact, certain types of moves no longer permitted to ensure that 2m social distancing is maintained where at all possible: Fleching/running attacks, corps a corps, deliberate close quarter actions and any actions that breach the 1m distancing are not permitted.
•Group sizes restricted to 6. Multiple groups can train in the same venue, (subject at all times to government and venue guidance on maximum numbers and protocols being in place to avoid/limit interaction between groups.)
•Restrictions around the length of activity to reduce the total time two people can spend together ‘on piste’ . For example, adapted sparring between two individuals in a group can take place but is limited to 1 x 15 hits or 3 x 5 hits, up to a maximum of 10mins of fencing time and 15mins of elapsed time. (This means, for example, a poule unique of 6 fencers can take place where everyone fences each other once only to 15 hits and each bout takes no longer than 10mins of fencing time and 15mins elapsed time including the breaks)
More details on these and the other measures and adaptations can be found here – BF Return to Fencing – Indoor Fencing Guidelines from 25th July in England v1.0.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
In order to re-start fencing the club officials are going to need to communicate very regularly. And with this in mind we really need your help by responding to texts and emails when requested.
Now is the time for the club to check and update all our current members contact details and most likely replace our membership forms.
Please help the club officials by being prompt with all requests.
Please send your :
-Name and (child's name if a junior member)
-other relevant phone numbers.
(Note: As you are, or have been a member you have previously agreed and given us your consent to hold your data for club use only. Long standing members (pre- GDPR) will need to fill in new membership forms.
Send to Paul Maxwell by email by clicking on the link