Covid-19 Update 13th March 2020 – Guidance on attending NZ Fencing Clubs and Competitions

We are continuing to follow the advice and guidance of the Ministry of Health (MoH) and we advise all our members to do the same.  This advice will potentially change daily, so we recommend the web site as an important source.

The most important modes of restricting viral spread is using hand soap, hand washing from the wrists down for at least 20 seconds and thoroughly dry hands. Avoid contact thereafter with face, nose and eyes, as they are the portals of entry for the virus.

Try to maintain interpersonal distance of 1 metre, and if you cough or sneeze, do so into the crook of your elbow.

Surgical masks are pretty poor protection on their own if you do not have symptoms but are much more effective to prevent infection spreading if worn by those infected but must be very close-fitting.

When attending fencing clubs or competitions, avoid sharing fencing masks and gloves and clean them regularly.

The MoH as of 13 March 2020 advises, those that have travelled from the following areas within the last 14 days and those who are close contacts of confirmed cases will need to self-isolate having notified medical authorities via Healthline 0800 358 5453

Category 1a Countries - travel bans in place

  • Mainland China
  • Iran

Category 1b Countries - no travel bans in place

  • Italy
  • Republic of Korea

Those who have travelled from the following areas will need to self-isolate if they become symptomatic:

 Category 2 Countries

  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • Thailand


Fencing New Zealand therefore recommends the following people do not visit NZ Fencing clubs or attend national, regional or club competitions until further notice.

  • Anyone returning from category 1a, 1b countries in the last 14 days
  • Anyone who has returned from category 2 countries in the last 14 days, regardless of symptoms
  • Anyone who has had close contact with someone who has returned from one of these countries in the last 14 days
  • Anyone currently feeling unwell or displaying cold/’flu symptoms. These people should remain away from venues until completely well.

Please watch out for more updates on the Fencing New Zealand website and Facebook page.