Hastings Congress Covid Protection Policy

During this time of pandemic, our main concern is for the safety of all players and officials. With this in mind the 2021/22 Congress will look very different to previous congresses.

  • It is recommended that all players attending the Congress should have been double-jabbed, although this is not a condition of entry
  • The wearing of face masks is not obligatory; however should your opponent request the wearing of face masks we ask you to oblige. Failure to do so will result in additional measures, such as playing over two boards or in separate rooms, being employed
  • There will be no analysis room
  • There will be no spectators in the playing room. It should be noted that when your game is finished you become spectators
  • There will be no bookstall
  • There will be no live commentary at the venue
  • There will be no evening events
  • We will be operating a one-way system in and out of the playing hall and venue
  • Anybody that the arbiters have concerns about will be required to take a Covid test. Acceptance of this is a condition of entry.
  • The organisers also reserve the right to take players temperatures
  • Boards and pieces will be sprayed with sanitiser each day
  • Hand sanitiser and masks will be made available to players
  • These pandemic precautions are subject to change and will be dependant on Government recommendations in force during the event.