USA Fencing will resume the sanctioning of local tournaments beginning on Aug. 1, 2020 in areas in which such events are permitted by local and state laws, regulations, executive orders and other legal mandates related to COVID-19. All sanctions and related insurance coverage will apply only to tournaments in areas in which they can be operated legally.
In order to assist fencers and their families, tournament organizers, division leaders and administrators, USA Fencing has developed guidelines based upon the recommendations provided by accredited health authorities, including the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
Regional and local events for the 2020-2021 season will be allowed to put a maximum size cap on entries in order to comply with local and state guidelines. Any regional tournament wishing to cap entries must submit venue information and local conditions to the National Office for review. Capping events may be implemented for the 2020-2021 season only.
The Return to Local Events Guidelines are recommendations, not mandates. The knowledge surrounding COVID-19 is constantly changing and tournament organizers’ circumstances may differ depending on their geographic locations, facilities, event participants and other factors.
It has been and will remain the responsibility of each tournament organizer to stay abreast of and comply with the state, local and other legal requirements governing its own location. USA Fencing cannot, as a practical matter, oversee tournaments’ compliance with applicable laws, which vary widely from place to place. Nor is it within our competence to provide legal advice.
Although local tournaments may resume on Aug. 1, pending compliance with local and state guidelines above, divisions may choose to sanction local events at later dates in order to protect the health and well-being of participants.
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