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 any player who is in any doubt about their health should have a lateral flow test prior to the Congress, and should not attend should that test result be positive
  • It is a condition of entry that all players over 18 should be double-jabbed unless they are exempt under government guidelines
  • 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 a limited analysis room
  • Competitors will be allowed to watch other games at the discretion of the arbiters. Crowding around a board will not be permitted
  • 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.