The USEF COVID-19 Action Plan has been modified to support the improving COVID-19 environment and to provide guidance to USEF competitions to adhere to state and local requirements. In the absence of state or local requirements, USEF recommends compliance with CDC guidelines. In an effort to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19, Competition Organizers can impose more restrictive requirements if they so choose.
2. What are the key principles competition organizers need to keep in mind?
Competition organizers are responsible for adopting and communicating state and local safety requirements to all persons entering the competition grounds.
All persons attending USEF competitions are responsible for reviewing and complying with the COVID-19 requirements in effect at each competition. This is vital, as requirements may vary between competitions.
Individuals may choose to wear a face covering/mask even when not required. Anyone choosing to do so, will not be penalized.
3. Does competition management need to enforce the wearing of face coverings/masks and social distancing at USEF competitions?
Requirements concerning masks and social distancing are applied locally. Organizers may implement more strict requirements if they choose, and these must be communicated.
4. Does competition management still need to take the temperatures of volunteers, officials, competition staff and service providers upon entering the competition grounds?
Everyone entering competition grounds is required to self-monitor their temperature once-daily prior to entering the competition grounds. If state/local authorities require it, or competition management chooses to require it, temperatures may be monitored by competition management upon access to the grounds.
5. Is competition management required to request an individual’s vaccination status in order to determine if the person must comply with CDC guidelines regarding masks and social distancing?
Everyone is encouraged to exercise personal responsibility for their own safety. Verifying vaccination status is not a requirement of USEF. If competition management wishes to verify vaccination status, it must first consult with local public health and other authorities to determine whether or not your competition is allowed to require individuals to share this information prior to allowing access to the competition grounds.
6. Do Licensed Competitions still need to develop an Emergency Response Plan specific to a COVID-19 incident or outbreak?
Yes, each organizer must create an Emergency Response Plan specifically for a COVID-19 incident or outbreak. This plan must include local medical resources and address outbreak protocols, including medical evaluation, isolation, quarantine, and reporting. Click here to view a document containing guidelines and suggestions to assist you in creating an Emergency Response Plan. Organizers are required to train competition staff, volunteers and licensed officials regarding the procedures and requirements associated the Plan. If an outbreak occurs, an organizer must notify theUSEF and local public health authorities.
7. If someone who was on the competition grounds reports to competition management that they have tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of the conclusion of the competition, who does management need to inform?
Competition Organizers must notify USEF and local public health authorities (See Section F of the Action Plan).
8. What is the Competition Organizers’ responsibility for posting COVID-19 safety protocols signage?
Please refer to Section G of the COVID-19 Action Plan. They key revision to the signage requirement is the requirement that Organizers install a sign at entrances to the competition grounds which advises everyone entering the grounds to be able to attest to their own health status with regard to potential symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure.
9. Where can we find the liability waiver form?
You are encouraged to utilize a liability waiver form specific to the state in which your competition is running. State-specific waivers can be accessed here, or if a form is not available for your state, you can find the generic waiver by clicking here.
10. Is the liability waiver part of the entry blank?
No, it is a stand-alone agreement.
11. Can the liability waiver be signed and submitted electronically to minimize touching paper and pens?
Yes, the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act was approved and recommended by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in July 1999. To date, it has been adopted by 47 states as well as Washington, DC and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Illinois, New York, and Washington are the three states that have not adopted the UETA, though each has adopted its own law governing electronic signatures and records. Competition organizer must ensure compliance with the applicable law governing the enforceability of the electronic signature.
12. Is a Spanish version of the liability waiver available?
Yes, it is available on the website and can be accessed by clicking here.
13. Who needs to sign the liability waiver?
All individuals on the entry form must sign the agreement, as well as competition staff, volunteers, and licensed officials.
14. With spectators now being permitted to attend Licensed Competitions, is there any requirement that they sign the liability waiver?
Competition Organizers must adhere to any state or local protocols and capacity requirements for allowing spectators to attend the competition. Spectators are not required to sign liability waivers, but are subject to the same requirements as all other persons on competition grounds, including the Plan requirements (See Section I of the Action Plan).
15. Are the rule modifications that were passed in 2020 due to the pandemic still in effect?
Yes, those rule modifications are in effect through the remainder of the 2021 competition year (ending November 30, 2021). The modifications can be found here.
16. I am hosting a competition where the restrictions and recommendations from local authorities have changed just prior to the competition. I am unable to notify exhibitors within 14 days of the competition start date regarding the COVID-19 protocols that will be in place. What should I do?
If you encounter evolving local protocols that occur with less than 14 days to go before your competition, please ensure you are in contact with local authorities and do the best you can to communicate the updated requirements and recommendations to everyone attending your show. This can be via online communication as well as placing posters and other written information on the competition grounds. Also, please ask your steward/TD to address it in the report to USEF following the competition.
17. Are there restrictions for VIP/hospitality areas?
Any VIP/Hospitality areas must comply with state or local requirements or the competition organizer’s requirements including, but not limited to, social distancing (See Section J of the Action Plan).