While the Governor has dropped all the Covid-19 restrictions that have been in place from June 2020 to June 2021, private businesses can take thoughtful steps to protect those people with whom we are in contact. The delta variant of Covid-9 is more dangerous and more contagious than the previous virus, and it is triggering a surge of cases that is striking the unvaccinated. We will maintain all the procedures that have been in place since we reopened Seacoast Fencing Club in June 2020.
Separate entrances and exits: The usual entrance is for entering only in both buildings, but the new exit in Rochester is on the left side of the building, and Manchester is in the back. Make sure you don’t park in front of those doors!
Everyone must clean their hands immediately upon entering. We have hand sanitizer at both entrances and exits in both buildings. Rochester has three sinks available as you enter- one in the downstairs bathroom, one in the kitchen, and one in the upstairs bathroom. Manchester has sinks in the men’s and women’s changing rooms.
Everyone must wear a face covering while in the building. Parents must wear them all the time they are in the building, or they can wait in their car. Fencers must be wearing face covering upon entering, and keep them on during warm ups, stretching, and footwork. Before putting on your fencing mask, you must continue to wear your face covering.
No skin to skin contact, and everyone must maintain six feet of distance from others at all times- during warm ups, stretching, footwork, and when sitting on the pews. Good news, bouting is always at that distance. Avoid close infighting in the club, and fleche attackers need to move to the side as soon as possible.
Bathrooms and hand rails for the stairs will be cleaned before every practice. The Covid-19 virus only lasts two days on wood and cloth surfaces, so with our Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday practices in Rochester, and Monday and Wednesday practices in Manchester, the regular cleaning procedures will be sufficient.
The following information is from the Mayo Clinic (which mirror what the CDC is saying). The three vaccines are effective in preventing the disease at the following rates: Pfizer 95%, Moderna 94%, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson 85%. And for the 5 to 15 percent that will be infected, it greatly reduces the severity, and is around 95% effective in reducing the severity for those people, and nearly eliminates dying from it.