IFC COVID-19 PROCESSES (Update 10-25-2020)

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The limitations and processes we have implemented to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 are listed below. Our first priority is the health and safety of everyone in our fencing community.

  1. We will now use all strips. This will provide approximately 7 feet between fencers on adjacent strips (center to center).  If space permits, fencers should choose a strip one away from people already fencing.
  2. There will be no handshakes etc.
  3. The number of members in the club at any time will be limited to 26 fencers (2 per available strip).
  4. The number of parents/spectators will be limited to 8 (but please do not enter the club unless necessary). The number of coaches will be limited to 2.
  5. Everyone entering the club will be screened for fever (utilizing an infrared thermometer), and will be required to complete a COVID-19 questionnaire. Anyone with a fever or recent contact with a COVID-19 patient will not be admitted. A record of everyone entering the club will be maintained to support contact tracing if it becomes necessary. IF YOU ARE SICK, PLEASE STAY HOME!
  6. Everyone entering the club will wear a face covering at all times. This includes fencers, parents/spectators, and coaches. Guidance on appropriate face coverings is available through the Indiana Department of Public Health. (Click Here) Anyone that is not wearing an appropriate face covering will be asked to immediately leave the premises.  Any questions regarding the application of a lawful exemption, if any, to wearing a face covering will be determined on the facts and circumstances by the Board in consultation with State and County Health Departments.  All such inquiries should be referred to the Board.
  7. All members must provide their own equipment – club uniforms and weapons will not be provided. If you do not currently have a full uniform or weapons, please speak with a coach to arrange a long-term loan.
  8. Club equipment will be provided to students in our classes. All uniforms and weapons will be cleaned/disinfected after each use.
  9. Club members should bring their own water from home in a personal container. Under no circumstances should members share water bottles.
  10. Club members should appropriately launder all personal equipment after each use.
  11. Everyone entering the club is strongly encouraged to maintain at least 6 foot distancing whenever possible.
  12. Everyone is strongly encouraged to use the provided hand sanitizer often, and to wash their hands regularly.
  13. As weather permits, both front and back doors will remain open during business hours, and a large floor fan will be running to promote better ventilation. This will also remove the need to touch door handles to enter and exit the club.
  14. Coaches may resume private lessons if they wish, maintaining 6 foot distancing whenever possible.
  15. All commonly touched surfaces will be disinfected at the ending of each session. This includes door handles, bathroom fixtures, entry table, and computer, etc. The entire facility will be cleaned at least weekly.
  16. The IFC shall operate in compliance with all federal, state, and local requirements/recommendations. 

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