1. How does the revised guidance from the CDC on May 13th, 2021 impact USEF competitions?
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 everyone needs to keep in mind?
3. Are masks and social distancing at USEF competitions still required?
Ensure you are knowledgeable about the local and state requirements for wearing face coverings/masks and for social distancing and check with competition management to understand if they will require any more strict requirements. Competition organizers are responsible for adopting and communicating state and local safety requirements to all persons entering the competition grounds. Competition organizers also have the flexibility to impose more strict requirements than what is outlined by local and state authorities and by CDC or USEF.
4. Am I required to take my temperatures before 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 the liability waiver/release form still required of everyone on the competition grounds?
Participants, licensed officials and volunteers must provide emergency contact information and execute a state-specific waiver (See Section N of the Action Plan).
6. CDC guidelines refer to individuals who have been fully vaccinated. If I am unvaccinated, do I need to wear a mask and practice social distancing?
USEF encourages everyone who is able to do so to obtain the vaccination. For anyone who is not vaccinated, please exercise personal responsibility and follow state and local requirements or guidelines, or CDC guidelines. If the competition you are attending has implemented more strict mandates, you must comply with the competition organizers requirements.
7. If I attended a Licensed Competition and later tested positive for COVID-19, am I obligated to inform competition management?
Yes, it is the responsibility of all competition staff, service providers, sponsors, participants and support personnel to report to competition management if they have tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of the conclusion of the competition (see Section O of the Action Plan).