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October NAC Health and Safety Protocols

10/05/2021, 3:15pm CDT
By Kristen Henneman

The following COVID-19 protocols will be in place for the October North American Cup held Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in St. Louis, Missouri.

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 and AstraZeneca only) 14 days prior to arrival at the venue will NOT need to obtain a negative PCR test result, but they must provide proof of vaccination daily upon entrance into the venue. Proof of vaccination must be presented to the USA Fencing staff members at registration for verification.

COVID-19 Testing

All participants in the tournament who have not completed one of the COVID-19 vaccine series listed above at least 14 days prior to the start of the tournament must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result in order to enter the facility. This includes athletes and staff as well as all coaches and spectators. The COVID-19 PCR test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to the start of travel and must be shown daily to enter the venue. Proof of your negative COVID-19 test result must be presented to the USA Fencing staff members at registration for verification.

Social Distancing

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


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


Athletes who finish in the top eight will be receive a medal for individual events. Awards ceremonies will not be held. Athletes who win a medal can pick up their medals at the awards area near finals. Group photos in front of the backdrop will be permitted. Athletes and coaches should practice social distancing whenever possible and must wear masks.

Bout Committee

No more than one fencer will be permitted at the table at which each Bout Committee official is stationed. All other fencers for that event should wait behind the line until called by the officials’ member to come forward. Athletes should ensure six feet between themselves and any others waiting in line.

Bout Committee officials will not take the bout slips from the fencers. Each slip will have a barcode which will be scanned by the fencer. Slips will be scanned by the fencer, and the BC official will record the score on the com­puter while the slip is shown to them. Once completed, the slip will be dropped in a box by the fencer, on the side of the table closest to them and furthest from the BC official.

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