May 31, 2022 – Update to COVID Policies

As of June 1, 2022, the following policies are in effect for all official SCA gatherings including meetings, practices, and events. For the purpose of these policies, “official activity” will refer to any and all of the above SCA gatherings.

These policies apply to all areas of the East Kingdom in the US and Canada.

Whenever masking is required, it is for those who are age 2+. 

FOR ALL OFFICIAL ACTIVITIES

  1. The COVIDSafe Policy remains in effect, requiring all attendees eligible to receive the COVID vaccine (currently 5+) to provide proof of vaccination or medically-supervised negative COVID test in the 72 hours prior to the official activity. Full policy here: https://www.sca.org/news/covidsafe-proof-of-fully-vaccinated-status-or-negative-covid-test-policy-resolution/
  2. “Fully Vaccinated” is defined as “two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the single-dose J&J/Janssen vaccine.” (based on the CDC/PHA definition)
  3.  If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, tested positive for COVID, and/or you have been instructed to quarantine, do not attend any events for a period of 5 days or until you are symptom-free for 24 hours. 
  4. The COVIDSafe Acknowledgement must be signed by all attendees verifying they have provided the appropriate documentation.  These must be submitted via the Waivers page found on the Seneschal’s website.
    Form: https://www.sca.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/2022-02-17-COVIDSafe-Acknowledgement.pdf
    Waivers Page: https://seneschal.eastkingdom.org/resources/waivers/
  5. Contact Tracing is not required. (eff 2/28/2022 per Society) 
  6. The SCA Health Statement must appear in all event listings (EK Calendar, Facebook, Email Announcements, Website) as well as be posted at the official activity in multiple places. 
    SCA Health Statement: https://www.sca.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/052021EventSign.pdf

FOR ALL INDOOR EVENTS OR INDOOR SPACES

An “Indoor Space” is a space enclosed by 3 or more full walls. A building which has walls which can be completely opened, such as a pavilion with removable walls, can be considered an indoor space if 3 of the 4 walls are in place. Of note, a building akin to a hangar where the end bay doors only cover half the wall, will be classified as Indoor Spaces regardless of both bay doors being open going forward.

  1. Masks are required for all attendees age 2+ for all activities. This includes singing, playing of instruments, and all martial activities. 
  2. Masks may be lowered briefly for the purpose of eating or drinking, but should not be left down for significant periods of time.
  3. Social distancing is highly recommended. Consent prior to touching another attendee is required.
  4. Communal bathroom facilities are considered Indoor Spaces, and masks must be worn.
  5. Masks are not required while showering.

FOR ALL OUTDOOR SPACES 

  1. Masking is optional.  Individuals may mask if they prefer.
  2. Large tents/sunshades with 2 walls open are considered outdoor spaces.
  3. Social distancing is encouraged when possible.

POLICIES SPECIFIC TO CAMPING EVENTS

  1. The above policies are in effect regarding Indoor and Outdoor spaces.
  2. Personal encampments may require masking of visitors when within the boundaries of the camp.  A sign must be visibly displayed and cannot be put up and down on whim. 
  3. Personal tents do not count as Indoor Space unless being used for teaching a class in an official capacity.  If the tent is being used for this purpose, then masks must be worn.
  4. Cabins which are used for public spaces are considered Indoor Spaces, and therefore masks must be worn.
  5. Cabins/Buildings which are used for sleeping quarters / dormitories  for more than one family unit are considered Indoor Spaces and masks must be worn.
  6. Masks need to be worn when traveling from a designated sleeping area (bed/cot/sleeping bag, etc) to any other Indoor Space (such as a washroom/shower/bathroom, etc).
  7. Masks do not need to be worn when in an attendee’s designated sleeping area. 
  8. Masks do not need to be worn while sleeping.

POLICIES RELATED TO FOOD

  1. Feasts / Dayboards are allowed.
  2. Precautions are recommended to reduce the risk of exposure, and limit the touching of food. Using servers where necessary can help mitigate risk.
  3. Shared drinking vessels (such as a mug passed between people) are not recommended.
  4. 5-gallon containers (and the like) are permitted.
  5. There are no restrictions on food/drink in individual encampments.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CDC Community Transmission Levels by County: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

Canada COVID 19 Daily Epidemiology Update by Health Region: https://health-infobase.canada.ca/covid-19/epidemiological-summary-covid-19-cases.html?stat=rate&measure=total_last7&map=hr#a2

In Service,
Magistra Audrye Beneyt
East Kingdom Seneschal