In the new light of the Coronavirus development, Olympia Fencing Center takes everybody’s personal health and safety very seriously.
We all heard growing concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and we urge everyone to follow some of these basic tips to stay healthy in the studio:
- Hand-washing is your best self-defense against the spread of germs. As a backup, use the antibacterial hand sanitizer readily available to you.
- Substitute fist pumps for handshakes.
USA Fencing recommends weapon salute only.
- Don’t participate in any bodily contact with the staff or other members if you so choose.
- Please stay home if you are not feeling well, especially if you have a fever, are coughing or sneezing or are experiencing shortness of breath.
- If a member shows up with symptoms, the staff will politely ask them to leave.
- Help us by being vigilant. If you have traveled to any of the countries where there are outbreaks of the virus, please follow guidance on the CDC website.
Here are additional things we are doing to keep our center clean and safe:
- All our coaches are using Lysol and antibacterial wipes to clean all equipment, including jump ropes, masks, weapon grips, at the end of each class.
- We have advised all staff members to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, particularly after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing.
- There is hand sanitizer throughout the club, please use freely.
We are closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19. We will continue to seek guidance from these agencies and public health officials, and we will update you as new information becomes available.
Here are the links to several local, national, and international organizations, with educational information, and their recommendations pertaining to this global health problem.
- The Cambridge Public Health Department (CPHD)
- US Fencing Association
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(See also Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations)
- State of Massachusetts
We are committed to keeping our classes a safe and enjoyable place for all.
Thank you for being such a valued member of our fencing community!