The Organization of elllobregat Open Chess Tnmt. will apply to its competitions the current COVID protocol of the Federació Catalana d'Escacs as of the start date of the contest. This protocol is mandatory for all participants. The most recent version can be found at the following link: COVID Protocol of the Catalan Federation of Escacs.

PROTOCOL FOR THE RESUME OF SPORTS ACTIVITY OF THE CATALAN CHESS FEDERATION. ACTION PLAN TO PREVENT COVID-19 SPREAD

Preamble

The Federació Catalana d'Escacs understands that the adoption of security and prevention measures can be a nuisance for athletes and companions. For this reason, to restart the sporting activity we request the understanding and full collaboration of everyone.

These measures are drawn up based on the current situation and, consequently, with the existing state and regional regulations and indications. For this reason, this protocol will be adapted to the instructions or measures given by the health authorities.

This protocol, therefore, is intended for the competitions organized by the Federació Catalana d'Escacs. However, it can serve as a guide for clubs and organizers of competitions approved by the Federation. In this sense, we recall that the homologation of a tournament mainly involves the evaluation of the Elo calculation of the participating players, that is, a management of the results of the sporting activity.

Initial layout

The clubs that want to do an approved tournament will have to present a prevention protocol against the contagion of COVID-19 or indicate that they will apply the protocol that the Federació Catalana d'Escacs has established for their official tests.

Claims made to the competition committee, or to the FCE itself, through the usual claim forms, will be studied and assessed according to the protocol presented by the club that organizes the test.

The assessment of the Competition Committee and / or Federació Catalana d'Escacs will always be from the sporting point of view. If in the homologated tournament the protocols that they had established have not been complied with and a claim arrives in this regard (via participating player or via referee team), the case will be studied and it may be resolved, if applicable, with the cancellation of the tournament. , as established in Chapter V, Section 7, of the General Regulations of the Catalan Federation of Escacs.

The Federation approves a test with sporting criteria, which is why it will not specifically assess any protocol. Who has to assess and approve the protocol are the clubs themselves and, if applicable, the public or private entities that transfer the gaming room where the approved tournament is played. For this reason, we urge the organizers to act responsibly and strictly follow the instructions of the health authorities at the time the event is disputed and to comply with all the prescriptions established in their own protocol for the event.

Guiding principles

Purpose: This action plan will be applied to avoid contagion by COVID-19 among the participants in sports activities organized by the Catalan Federation of Escacs. The measures provided for in this plan will be applied for the duration of the state of health pandemic, regardless of the space where the activity takes place. To this end, a state of health pandemic will be understood as the period during which the competent health authorities maintain the appropriate preventive measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

The guiding principles that guide this action plan and that will be of supplementary application are:

  1. Normative hierarchy. The measures provided for in this plan will be applicable as long as the objecting activity can be carried out in accordance with the regulations issued by the corresponding health authorities. The present plan does not authorize by itself the realization of any specific activity.
  2. Prudence. In the interpretation and application of this plan of action, the participants and organizers of the object sporting activity will be governed by the observance of the principle of prudence. Thus, the preferred option will be the option that guarantees better protection against contagion in the same situation.
  3. Preferential use of telematic means. All possible administrative procedures will be carried out by telematic means and, in any case, guaranteeing social security distance when this is not possible.
  4. Individual responsibility. The application and monitoring of the measures of this plan of action are the responsibility of all the participants in the sporting activity that takes place. Failure to comply with the recommended hygiene and sanitation measures may pose a risk to the community as a whole and a reason for sanction.

ACTION PLAN MEASURES

1 .‐ Definitions

  1. The “playing enclosure” is defined as the “playing area”, plus toilets, break rooms and other locations designated by the referee.
  2. The “game area”, or Game Room, is defined as the place where the games of a competition are played.

By game session it is understood:

- Traditional rhythm: The time between the beginning and the end of a round in the case of classical rhythm chess.

- Rapid and Lightning Chess: the game session is the time between the beginning and the end of several rounds that are paired one after the other, without a rest period and, in this case, without allowing the exit from the game area of the participants. These modalities can only be done in the case of being able to respect the measures of section 3.6.

2 .‐ Measures before starting the activity

2.1 Responsible declaration

Obtain a responsible declaration from the participating people according to which they do not present symptoms of having * COVID-19 and, in case of having passed the disease, declare that they have exceeded the appropriate quarantine period. Likewise, the responsible declaration will have to prove that they have not been in contact with infected people or have traveled to officially declared risk areas in the 14 days immediately prior to the signing of this document. (See Model)

2.2 Communication and information

Communicate and inform the present plan of action to the workers in charge, the volunteers who participate and the participants of the activity.

2.3 Cleaning

  1. Prior to the start of a competition and the assembly of the necessary material for it, the Gaming Venue will have to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before authorizing the entry of any person related to the Championship.
  2. This disinfection will have to be repeated before the start of each day of assembly and disassembly of the enclosure and before each game session.

2.4 Supervision of the Plan

Among the people involved in the organization of the activity, appoint a person responsible for ensuring compliance with the measures provided for in this action plan, as well as those in force in the applicable health regulations at all times.

2.5 PPE's (personal protective equipment)

Provide PPE material to workers (such as referees, cleaning staff or others) and volunteers (such as the tournament director and the organization's staff) who participate in the development of the activity. The material must be suitable for the function performed and, in the case of incorporating more than one element, they must be compatible with each other.

2.6 Rules for the Assembly and Distribution of the Play Area

In order to guarantee a sufficient and safe separation between the participants in a Championship, the rules for setting up the playing area are set out below, which are necessarily linked to the rules for personal protection.

2.6.1 Game Tables

  1. The tables will be at least 75 cm wide (width is understood as the space between the two players in a game) and at least 90 cm long. (Standard folding gaming tables are usually 75/80 cm wide and 180 cm long. In this case, no more than one board can be arranged per table).
  2. The tables will be distributed in rows, in such a way that between one row of tables and the next there is a minimum free space of 200 cm.
  3. The tables may be individual or hooked one next to the other forming a row, respecting, in any case, the lateral distance between the boards that is established in the section of Boards and Clocks.
  4. The table top must be easily disinfected with hydroalcoholic gel, which dries quickly or can be dried immediately. If tablecloths are used, they should preferably be made of synthetic or plastic material and comply with the above cleaning, disinfection and drying provisions.

(Look at annex 1)

2.6.2 Boards and Clocks

  1. The boards will be placed along the rows of tables, respecting a minimum distance of 115 cm between one and the other.
  2. The first and last boards in each row must be at least 50 cm from the end of the table.
  3. The clocks will be placed next to each board, with the display indicating the time visible from the same side of the game room. That is, they are all facing the same side, so that the referee can see them from the end of each row.

(See Annex 1 and 2)

2.6.3 Referees and Assistants Tables

  1. They may be distributed in the Game Room where it is considered convenient, respecting a minimum distance of 200 cm to the nearest game table.
  2. The referees and assistants, when they are not controlling the games, will have tables and chairs, placed on the side farthest from the gaming tables, seated facing them. Between each member of the refereeing staff a lateral distance between them of a minimum of 150 cm will be respected.

(See Annex 2)

2.7 Assembly, Disassembly and Maintenance of the Playground

The personnel in charge of the assembly and disassembly of the gaming enclosure will have to observe the applicable labor regulations at all times, especially those related to the prevention of COVID-19.

During the assembly and disassembly of the enclosure, in addition to the assembly technical staff themselves, only the persons in charge of their supervision will be allowed to be present in the game enclosure.

The technical, maintenance or auxiliary personnel who have to access the venue, or be inside, before or during a game session will have to observe the same personal protection measures as the rest of the participants.

2.8 Compulsory material in the Gaming Venue

In addition to the material itself for the development of the games, it will be mandatory to have gel dispensers or hydroalcoholic solution in the game enclosure in sufficient number (with a minimum of one unit for every 15 participants). At least at the entrances to the gaming venue (next to the entrance / exit door) and the entrance / exit of the services.

3 .‐ Measures during the activity

3.1 Capacity

The activity carried out will be carried out with the appropriate capacity determined by the health authorities and in everything that allows maintaining the established security measures.

As a general rule, the total number of participants in the Championship with the possibility of entering the playing field (athletes, referees, assistants, technicians, management personnel and health personnel) will be in relation to the useful surface of the room, with a minimum 2.5 m² per person. In addition to the above criteria, it may never exceed 50% of the capacity (the most restrictive would apply) and, in any case, it will have to be replaced by the specific regulations that are applicable at all times for the venue where the Championship is to be held. .

In the game room the public will not be allowed and only the players, referees and the necessary members of the organization will be able to attend.

3.2 Access management

The entrances and exits in the space where the activity takes place will be arranged with elements that allow to avoid the formation of agglomerations. To this end, if necessary, shifts will be established by groups of organizers / staff, participants and / or volunteers.

3.3 People with symptoms

People who show symptoms related to COVID-19 will not be able to access the playing area where the activity takes place. In the event that these people are participants, it will mean that they will lose their registration rights.

3.4 PPE

Given the permanent and prolonged proximity in time between the participants, the use of a mask will be mandatory during the sport of chess.

The use of a mask by all the other people assisting in the activity will also be mandatory, be they workers, volunteers, referees, companions or spectators (the latter two exceptionally if the case arises).

3.5 Ventilation

In the case of treating the game enclosure of closed spaces, sufficient ventilation is required according to the characteristics of the space. At least, ventilation will consist of the door and windows of the space open 30 minutes before the start of the round (daily) and 30 minutes after the end of the last game. In the event that the premises have forced extraction ventilation, the owner or manager of the premises will be asked to double the ventilation flow normally expected.

3.6 Disinfection of material and space

Sports equipment and spaces that have to be shared have to be cleaned and disinfected after each use.

3.7 Use of toilets

The use of the bathrooms will be done individually except in cases where the assistance of another person is required.

3.8 Use of elevator or lift

In the development of the activities that are the object of this plan, the use of stairs by the participants, workers, volunteers or organizers will be preferred. In the event that a participant requires the use of an elevator or elevator to reach the game room, it will be used individually, except in cases where the assistance of another person is necessary.

3.9 Competition

As long as the epidemiological situation lasts, only the sports competitions that appear in the corresponding federative calendar may be carried out, in accordance with the sports season. Notwithstanding the above, sports competitions organized by federated entities that have the approval of the Federation may also be carried out.

During the development of the competition, the organizer or the Federation, it would be desirable to have a medical officer, preferably with specialization in epidemiology. The face-to-face attendance of the medical officer at the competition will not be necessary, but in any case contact will be guaranteed for the attention of questions that may arise from the transmissibility of COVID-19 during the development of the test.

3.10 Social activities during sports activity

The social activities that take place during the practice of the sporting activity or competition in the same space will be carried out in accordance with the conditions provided for each of them.

3.10.1 Before starting the activity

- The athlete:

  • It is recommended that athletes travel individually or exclusively with family members. Collective displacements will be avoided as far as possible, or if they develop, each athlete will have to make individual use of the masks.
  • The material and the own sports equipment will have to be disinfected before use, in accordance with the instructions agreed and published by the competent department, and especially the health authorities.
  • Each athlete will provide a responsible statement confirming that they do not show symptoms of having COVID-19 and, if the disease has passed, declare that they have exceeded the appropriate quarantine period. Likewise, the responsible declaration will have to prove that he has not been in contact with infected people or has traveled to officially declared risk areas in the 14 days immediately prior to signing the document. (See point 2.1)
  • Each athlete will maintain the interpersonal safety distance in his movements until before starting the activity.
  • Each athlete will use the mask until the moment of starting sports activity, except for people who have some type of illness or respiratory difficulty that may be aggravated by the use of the mask or who, due to their situation of disability or dependency, do not have the autonomy to remove the mask or present behavioral alterations that make its use unfeasible.
  • Each athlete will provide the contact information for the registration of the people attending the activity that guarantees the traceability of the group.

- Workers and volunteers:

  • It is recommended that the movements of workers or volunteers be made individually or exclusively with family members. Collective displacements will be avoided as far as possible, or if they develop, each person will have to make individual use of the masks.
  • Regular and constant hand washing will be necessary using the hydroalcoholic solution as well as soap and water.
  • Each worker or volunteer will provide a responsible statement confirming that they do not show symptoms of having * COVID-19 and, if the disease has passed, declare that they have exceeded the appropriate quarantine period. Likewise, the responsible declaration will have to prove that they have not been in contact with infected people or have traveled to officially declared risk areas in the 14 days immediately prior to the signing of the document.
  • Each worker or volunteer must maintain a safe distance when traveling and respect other people.
  • The mask will be used as long as it is compatible with one's personal situation.
  • Each worker or volunteer will provide the contact information for the registration of the people attending the activity that guarantees the traceability of the group.

- The organizer:

  • Communicate and report the measures of the PROTOCOL to the workers in charge, the volunteers who participate and the participants of the activity. In this sense, it will ensure the provision of informative infographics for which purpose. (See annex 3)
  • He will carry out a thorough initial cleaning and disinfection of the spaces and material used by the activity provided by the organizer.
  • It will provide PPE material to the workers and volunteers who participate in the development of the activity. The material must be suitable for the function performed and, in the case of incorporating more than one element, they must be compatible with each other.
  • It will seek a registration system for the activity by telematic means.
  • It will prevent access to the activity space for people with symptoms related to COVID-19.
  • It will establish indicators to avoid the formation of crowds of people.
  • Where possible, it will place dispensers of the hydroalcoholic gel in the activity space for the free use of the participants.
  • Appoint a person responsible for ensuring compliance with the measures provided for in the PROTOCOL, as well as those in force in the applicable health regulations at all times.
  • The person responsible for compliance with the PROTOCOL will supervise the flow of traffic at the entrances to avoid the formation of agglomerations.
  • He will record the name and surname as well as the contact details of the people participating in the activity; whether they are athletes, workers, volunteers, organizers or the public, to guarantee traceability.

- The public / companions:

  • Inside the game room there will be no public. The companions will have to stay out of the game room during the development of the competition.
  • In case the building has a space enabled for waiting, the occupation will be in relation to the useful surface of the space, with a minimum of 2.5 m² per person and it will never be possible to exceed 50% of the capacity (it would apply the most restrictive criterion). Likewise, while they are inside the building where the game room is located, the companions will make mandatory use of the mask, except for people who have some type of illness or respiratory difficulty that may be aggravated by the use of the mask or who, Due to their situation of disability or dependency, they do not have the autonomy to remove the mask or they present behavioral alterations that make its use unviable.
  • It will avoid the formation of agglomerations in the surrounding spaces and accesses to the activity.
  • He will keep a safe distance.
  • It is recommended that public movements be made individually or exclusively with family members. Collective displacements will be avoided, or if they develop in this way, individual masks will have to be used.

3.10.2 During the activity

- The athlete:

  • He will try, whenever possible, to maintain a safe distance and avoid contact with other participants.
  • He will ensure regular hand hygiene and disinfection.
  • He will keep his materials and personal utensils in his own bag that he carries for this purpose, with individual use including the supplies that are necessary for the activity.

- Workers or volunteers:

  • Maintain a safe distance between people and athletes who carry out the activity.
  • He will use the mask as long as it is compatible with his own personal situation.
  • He will ensure regular hand hygiene and disinfection.

- The organizer:

  • Periodically carry out cross ventilation in the activity space in the case of a closed facility. In the event that there are not enough doors and / or windows, the owner of the room will be asked to increase (double the time) the forced ventilation of the devices or facilities that ensure the renewal of air in the premises.
  • If possible, he will disinfect after each use the material that has to be shared by the athletes during the activity.
  • It will guarantee the supply of hydroalcoholic gel in dispensers until the end of the activity.
  • The person responsible for compliance with the PROTOCOL will supervise the application of the measures, resolve and record the incidents that may arise.

- The public / companions:

  • Inside the game room there will be no public. The companions will have to stay out of the game room during the development of the competition.
  • In case the building has a space enabled for waiting, the occupation will be in relation to the useful surface of the space, with a minimum of 2.5 m² per person and it will never be possible to exceed 50% of the capacity (it would apply the most restrictive criterion). Likewise, while they are inside the building where the game room is located, the companions will make mandatory use of the mask, except for people who have some type of illness or respiratory difficulty that may be aggravated by the use of the mask or who, Due to their situation of disability or dependency, they do not have the autonomy to remove the mask or they present behavioral alterations that make its use unviable.
  • He will keep a safe distance.
  • He will use the mask as long as it is compatible with his own personal situation.
  • He will seek regular hand hygiene and disinfection.

3.10.3 After the activity

- The athlete:

  • You will keep your personal materials in your own bag that you carry for this purpose.
  • You will maintain a safe distance when traveling
  • He will use the mask, as long as it is compatible with his own personal situation.
  • He will avoid unnecessary stay in the activity space.
  • He will avoid crowds at the start of activities.
  • He will not be able to extract chess material (board, pieces or clocks) or furniture from the game room of the building.
  • Post-mortem analysis of chess games will not be allowed in the playing hall or in the building. In case of doing it in the outdoor public space, the organization may warn them (even with the expulsion from the tournament), in case they do not maintain distances or other hygienic-sanitary safety measures.

- Workers and volunteers:

  • You will maintain a safe distance when traveling.
  • He will use the mask, as long as it is compatible with his own personal situation.
  • It will avoid unnecessary permanence in the activity space.
  • It will avoid crowds at the exit of the activities.

- The organizer:

  • The person responsible for compliance with the PROTOCOL will supervise the flow of traffic at the exit to avoid the formation of crowds.
  • It will keep the registry of attendees and participants as well as the responsible statements provided for a minimum period of 30 calendar days from the date of the activity and will be at the disposal of the health authorities in case it is required as a result of positives in contagion by COVID19.

- Public:

  • Inside the game room there will be no public. The companions will have to stay out of the game room during the development of the competition.
  • It will avoid the formation of agglomerations in the surrounding spaces and accesses to the activity, guaranteeing a staggered exit.
  • It will be necessary to prevent spectators from standing on the starting circuit of the facilities at the start.
  • You will maintain a safe distance on your way out.
  • He will use the mask less for people who have some type of disease or respiratory difficulty that may be aggravated by the use of the mask or who, due to their situation of disability or dependence, do not have autonomy to remove the mask or present behavioral alterations that make its use unfeasible.

3.10.4 Awards ceremony

  1. It is recommended to minimize the celebration of ceremonies or awards ceremonies as much as possible. For this reason, the awards ceremony will follow the format described below:
  2. The material award (cups, medals, objects, etc.) will need to be previously disinfected before delivery.
  3. The awards ceremony will be held without an audience, in a reserved space, completely delimited and restricted for people who are not part of the operation of the same award. There will be a space set up with posters or advertising roll-ups because the awards are photographed; in this space there will only be the winner.
  4. In either case, there will not be (and will be avoided) physical contact at the awards ceremony, such as handshakes, hugs or kisses.
  5. The prizes will be awarded individually. In the event that, exceptionally, there is a prize for teams, the delivery will be made to a single person representing the team.
  6. There will be a person who will prepare the delivery of the trophies. She will be the only one who will handle the material prizes and will wear a mask that covers her nose and mouth during the entire awards ceremony; in each manipulation (for example, opening a box) she will have to wash her hands first with hydroalcoholic solution. This person will place the trophy on an isolated table (placed at least one meter from where she handles the trophies) where the winner will have to pick it up.
  7. The winners will have to collect the prize individually and with a mask. Once the participant has collected the trophy from the table, the winner will go to a space free of people with the posters or advertising roll-ups of the Federation, sponsors and / or tournament; there, punctually, the mask can be removed to be photographed (individually) with the trophy. He will then put on the mask again and leave the space to leave the next participant.
  8. At all times, an interpersonal safety distance of 1 meter will be maintained. The photographer (or other representatives of the press or of audiovisual media recruitment) will be at a minimum distance of 3 meters respect the winners.
  9. Joint photographs will not be taken.
  10. The assistant personnel who participated in the operation of the award ceremony (person who facilitates the delivery of trophies, photographer or similar), will have to have and use the individual protection equipment, as well as proceed to wash their hands with hydroalcoholic solution periodically and depending on the activity you develop.
  11. The person responsible for complying with the competition protocol will have to ensure that the measures adopted at the awards ceremony or celebration are followed.

3.11 Criteria for the creation of stable groups for training and / or sports practice

As long as this prevention protocol is in force to avoid the spread of COVID-19, there will be no face-to-face training or technical group. All the training or technical groups of the Federació Catalana d'Escacs will carry out their training and / or technical training (and the corresponding monitoring) electronically / online.

Sports practice between the training or technical groups of the Catalan Federation of Escacs will be carried out electronically / online.

4 .‐ Post-activity measures

4.1 Registration

A register of participants who physically attend the activity must be kept for a period of 30 days to guarantee the traceability of the contact in case of contagion.

4.2 Compliance (regulatory compliance)

The organizers of the activity or competition, as well as the corresponding sports federation, who certify that they have sufficiently informed about the measures provided for in this plan, remain exempt from the responsibilities that, if necessary, could arise if in the development of the object activity produces contagion of COVID-19.

GENERIC INFORMATION TO CONSULT

The generic information is updated in the following official channels:

Health Channel (Generalitat de Catalunya)

Ministry of Health (Government of Spain)