COVID-19 UPDATE

CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO UK COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

COVID-19 UPDATE 4th November 2020

Direct link for updated information may be found here: http://swordfight.uk/COVID-19/

AHF CLUB RESPONSE

The Academy of Historical fencing will continue training as per the government advice concerning the Coronavirus COVID-19. Due to the serious nature of the COVID-19 outbreak we are enacting the following additional rules and conditions to training with the AHF. These are compulsory, failure to comply will result in you being asked to leave the session.

TRAINING, DRILL AND SPARRING RULES

  • Club numbers restricted to 30 people when in our standard booking space of 1 x sports hall, and 12 people in a smaller space including Ponthir Village Hall.
  • All physical contact during the session is to be avoided. No grappling, punching, floor work etc.
  • Fencers must form groups of no more than six for sparring and will not spar with anyone outside of their group for the duration of that session. Your partnered drill partner must also be in your maximum six-person group.
  • You will need to wear gloves on both hands (of any sort, even cheap gardening gloves will be fine) while using training equipment.
  • No sharing of equipment.
  • Face masks (covering mouth and nose) to be worn at all times during partnered drills and sparring.
  • Sparring is low intensity and time limited. You must avoid breathing heavily.

GENERAL RULES

  • Current government social distancing guidelines to be followed.
  • If you are feeling unwell and have any of the symptoms of coronavirus then please stay at home and begin self-isolation.
  • If you are feeling well and come to a session, and begin to develop symptoms during the session, please speak to the instructors immediately.
  • If you or someone you live with or see regularly is immuno-compromised in any way, or has underlying health problems (especially respiratory issues), or have regular contact with the elderly or other immuno-compromised or vulnerable people, please stay at home.
  • When you arrive at the training location, please use the provided facilities to thoroughly clean your hands each time you enter and exit the building.
  • Bring your own water.

FURTHER READING

Public Health England – what you need to know (updated daily):

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

Government publication – Stay at home guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection