Health & Safety Protocols

Mask Mandate

As announced in October 2020, all participants in USA Fencing sanctioned events, including coaches, athletes, spectators and staff, MUST wear a facemask that covers mouth and nose at all times, including competition.

Proof of Vaccination

Individuals who have completed a COVID vaccine series (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Novavak, Sinovac, Sinopharm, Covaxin, or CoronaVac) 14 days prior to arrival at the venue will NOT need to obtain a negative PCR or antigen test result.

For participating athletes, all fencers must have uploaded their vaccination cards onto their membership profile for approval from the national office. Please reach out to nationalevents@usafencing.org if your vaccination verification is still pending or if you have any questions on why your vaccination entry was denied.

Parents can either submit their vaccination card onto their own membership profile and scan their membership ID at registration, provide the official USA Fencing approved email, or bring a physical copy or a clear picture of the vaccination card. All spectators who are interested in attending must provide physical copy of vaccination or clear picture of the vaccination card.

COVID-19 Testing for Medical or Religious Exempt Individuals

All attendees of the tournament who have been approved for a medical or religious exemption must provide their approval email received from the National Office, as well as a negative COVID test result, to enter the venue. This includes athletes and staff, as well as all coaches and spectators. NOTE: For the January NAC only, USA Fencing will accept an antigen test result, due to recent changes in local regulations that impact testing timelines. For antigen tests, results must be from a test administered no more than 24 hours prior to arrival at the venue. For PCR test results, the PCR test must be taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival at the venue. For more information, click here. Proof of your negative COVID-19 test result and exemption must be presented to a USA Fencing staff member at registration for verification.

Social Distancing

Everyone should practice proper social distancing measures at all times while in the venue.

Handshakes

Athletes are to salute at the conclusion of a bout in lieu of shaking hands with each other, the referee or coaches.

Awards

Awards ceremonies will return for Summer Nationals. Athletes who finish in the top eight will receive a medal for individual events. Before and during ceremonies, athletes, coaches and awards staff should practice social distancing whenever possible. Handshakes and hugging are discouraged, but group photos in front of the awards backdrop will be permitted. Athletes and coaches must wear masks on the awards podium.