Applies to: NJSCF tournaments including NJ Open.

This policy may be modified due to changing conditions such as COVID-19 infection rate decline. 

By entering any tournament, players agree that NJSCF cannot guarantee that they will not as a result become infected with COVID-19. Entrants further certify that during the 14-day period before the tournament, they have not experienced any symptoms associated with COVID-19, which include fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or had close or direct contact with anyone who is either confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19.

Masks may be required in all public spaces.  This includes, but is not limited to, players in games, tournament staff, and other attendees.

No eating is allowed in tournament rooms. Drinks are OK.

Temperature checks: The NJSCF may require temperature checks on players before the tournament begins or at any time the tournament is proceeding. 

Players are encouraged to receive pairings by text or email. You should be able to check standings online prior to entering the playing hall. Pairings will probably be posted at the site, but you should endeavor to find your information BEFORE you arrive.

Crowds should not congregate around pairings or standings or outside doors of the playing halls. Social distancing principles and any markers must be respected.  Failure to observe social distancing may result in removal from the tournament and/or site, without refund.

Non-playing spectators may be restricted, circumstances depending. Spectators who do not observe social distancing will be expelled. 

Please be sure to have a cellphone, tablet or other Internet-capable device that can check for pairings! During play, you should stow this device in a bag near your table, or your hotel room, as having it on your person violates the rules. 

Within two weeks of the tournament, if you experience any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please do NOT attend. These symptoms include, but are not limited to, fever, respiratory distress, and shortness of breath. If within two weeks of the tournament, you have any close or direct contact with anyone who is either confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19, please do NOT attend. This includes close or direct contact with anyone who is experiencing or displaying any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.