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We, Chess Scotland, have reached out to the Scottish Government for guidance on when we can return to both club / league and tournament chess.
 
It looks like Clubs will be able to start back from 14th of September when the restriction on indoor events are lifted, however that date may change and is not set in stone.  There will be an upper limit to how many can meet indoors and that will determine whether leagues can start.  
 
Tournaments will not be able to start at this time.  We gave indicative numbers we get at our events and they would be too big.
 
The SG agreed with the Guidance we have and said that would have to be in place as also agreed there should be the recording of who is there (names and addresses) in case someone in the clubs comes down with C-19 to allow track and trace.
 
So no clubs should be open at the moment.  If they are, they are in breach of the SG guidelines. 
 
For reference, to allow clubs to open hopefully on the 14th of next month, the following have to apply.
 
Venues will be limited to x number of people (to be determined by the Government)
Players and Arbiters only allowed in the playing hall, when matches finish, players must leave the hall
All equipment must be sanitised before the start of play of play
Hand sanitizers must be available
Face coverings to be worn at all time 
Venues must have adequate ventilation to prevent virus load building up
Players must sign a declaration that they do not have any symptoms of Covid 19 before being allowed into the playing hall 
Boards have to be separated by 1.5 - 2m
Someone at the Club must be responsible for recording the names and addresses of all attendees each evening.

It will also be posted on the website news.
Trace and Trace Guidelines for clubs/leagues/events

There must be a designated nominee to maintain attendance record 
You are required, as a minimum, to record the following data:
·        Date of visit
·        Time log in and out
·        Name
·        Telephone number
 
The track and trace data that is recorded
·        must be kept of each separate visit
·        must be retained securely, and confidentially, for 21 days
·        must be destroyed safely after 21 days
Government Update 10-Sept-2020

Coronavirus in Scotland: What are the latest lockdown rules? 
  • The Scottish government has paused the next set of changes to the lockdown rules in Scotland and toughened some existing measures.
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  • The reopening of indoor soft play areas, theatres and live music venues has been delayed until at least 5 October, along with the resumption of indoor contact sports for those aged 12 and over.
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  • The rules on meeting other people will be tightened from Monday.
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  • So what are the current rules - and what else is going to change?
 
The rules on meeting people
  • From Monday 14 September, it will only be possible for a maximum of six people from two households to meet together - either indoors or outdoors.
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  • This will apply in restaurants, pubs and beer gardens, as well as in people's homes and gardens.
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  • There will also be exceptions for organised sports and places of worship, and for funerals, weddings and civil partnerships.
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  • There will be no change to the rule which allows 20 people to attend these ceremonies, and the same limit will now apply to wakes and receptions in regulated venues like hotels.
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  • People should still be following the 2m distancing rules when gathering together.
 
When could the next changes happen?
  • A number of other changes which had originally been planned for 14 September have now been pushed back to 5 October - and will depend on the outcome of a review on 1 October.
 
What can I go out and do?
  • Pubs, cafes and restaurants have reopened both indoor and outdoor spaces.
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  • They can seek an exemption from the 2m distancing rule indoors but will have to warn customers that they are entering a 1m zone, produce revised seating plans, and take steps such as improving ventilation.
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  • Guidance on physical distancing have to be followed, and customers have to provide their contact details.
 
  • However, it will soon become law that when moving around hospitality venues, customers will have to wear face coverings

Jim Webster
Government Update 18-Sept-2020

What are the rules on social gatherings?
• Gatherings of more than six people are illegal, unless it meets one of a limited list of exemptions
This applies to gatherings both indoors and outdoors in England and Scotland, and indoors in Wales
• It applies to all ages in England, and everyone except children under the age of 11 in Wales and under 12 in Scotland
• Social premises and venues, including pubs and restaurants, are now legally required to request test and trace information from customers and keep the details for 21 days
 
What happens if you break the rules?
Anyone who breaks the rules on social gatherings will be fined £100, with the penalty doubling on each further repeat offence up to £3,200.
"COVID-secure marshals" will enforce social distancing rules in town and city centres, the prime minister has said.
 
Who's exempt?
• Households or support bubbles of more than six people can still gather
• Groups of more than six people are allowed for work or education
• Places of worship, gyms, restaurants and hospitality settings can still hold more than six people in total
• Weddings and funerals are also exempt, with up to 30 people allowed to attend them in England and Wales and 20 people in Scotland
• Organised team sports carried out in a "COVID-secure way" can have more than six people

Jim Webster
08 April 2021

Update now available on the front page of NEWS along with links to the official Government timetable.

Jim Webster