As the Coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread, NSW Fencing appeals to fencers and their families to take sensible precautions to avoid contact with the virus and reduce the risk of it spreading in the fencing community.
The following precautions should be observed at the NSW Fencing Centre and we also recommend them to fencing clubs.
If you feel sick, don’t come to fencing, stay at home
Wash your hands frequently, don’t touch your face
Avoid touching handrails and other public surfaces
Don’t cough or sneeze near others - use a tissue
Carry your own tissues, anti-septic wipes and hand sanitisers
This advice is based on information from NSW Health.
If you think you may have caught the virus or been in contact with someone who may have it, please don’t attend fencing activities (competitions and training) until you have been tested for coronavirus and cleared by a doctor.
If you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, please do not visit the Fencing Centre or a club. Seek medical advice.
If you have caught coronavirus, or go into isolation, please let us know immediately. Contact: email@example.com
**Important** Please note that you are not allowed to fence at the Centre if you have returned from overseas for a period of no less than 14 days.
Avoid close physical contact with others. The practice of shaking hands after a bout is suspended.
Avoid touching public surfaces - handrails, door handles etc - that may be contaminated by the virus.
Carry your own tissues, anti-septic wipes and hand sanitisers with you.
Avoid touching your face, especially your mouth and eyes.
Please don’t cough or sneeze near others. If you do have to cough or sneeze, please cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, or cough into your elbow, and then dispose of the tissue in a bin.
Don’t leave coffee cups, drink bottles, food wrappings lying around - please put them in the bin.
3. Hand hygiene
Wash your hands thoroughly before, during and after fencing activities. Anti-septic soap will be provided in the bathrooms at the Centre. The bathroom taps are fitted with long handles - please use your elbows to turn the taps on and off.
Please use the anti-septic wipes provided in the bathrooms to wipe basins, taps, door handles.
If you are using the gym equipment at the Centre, please use an anti-septic wipe to clean weights, exercise bike handles, mats and other equipment when you have finished.
The Fencing Centre will not lend masks and gloves to fencers and we suggest clubs also do not allow fencers to borrow masks and gloves.
Anti-bacterial hand wash and wipes will be provided at the Fencing Centre. Handrails, lift buttons, tables, door handles and bathrooms will be wiped. We would appreciate your help in keeping the Centre clean.
Keep up to date with the latest official advice from NSW Health:
New South Wales Fencing Association - 9 March 2020