Coronavirus and chess

Coronavirus and chess

11/03/20 Message sent to Club Secretaries
As you will be aware, a significant proportion of our players are over 50 or 65. That, combined with the close proximity between players in a classical game strongly suggests to me that the chess community needs to take special care to minimise the risk of this virus spreading through chess activity. 
Naturally we should follow government advice and I refer you here to the ECF website, https://www.englishchess.org.uk/coronavirus-guidance/, which in turn contains information and links. 
However the following measures are particularly relevant to us and are likely to be updated if, as anticipated, the virus spreads. 
• NO HANDSHAKING! Use a elbow bump, fist bump, slight bow, etc.
• If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable TISSUE. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow could contain infectious virus that can be passed on.
• If you have a persistent cough, as opposed to the occasional one we all can exhibit, then perhaps you shouldn’t be out playing chess at all.
• If any player develops any virus symptoms then please keep the HCA Secretary informed.
• Remember, the virus spreads either through your nose, mouth or eyes via your hands, or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose, mouth or eyes.
• If a club does not want to play a match because of their perception of the risk, then please respect their wishes and advise the League Secretary.
• The HCA meeting on Friday 27th March, if not before, will discuss the implications of the likely interruption of our competitions.
• Hertschess.com will endeavour to display any information about the impact of the virus on HCA chess activities.
At the moment there is no reason to suggest matches currently scheduled should be abandoned. 
Please be proactive in deciding what is appropriate for your club.
Alan Brewis

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