Covid Protocols



Effective: May 10, 2022

The NHCA, mindful both of the dangers posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and of the progress that has been made in overcoming those dangers, seeks to hold its events in an atmosphere that is pleasant for the participants while observing relevant safety protocols. The NHCA has endeavored to keep abreast of changes in pandemic-related conditions, initially issuing more-restrictive protocols last year and now updating those protocols to reflect changing conditions.

  1. While a change in governmental regulation or a change in the rules imposed upon the NHCA by a hosting site may demand a mask requirement, the default rule for NHCA events going forward is that the decision whether or not to wear a mask at an NHCA event will be left up to the individual player, participant or observer.
  2. Players at NHCA events who, due to their own symptoms or the symptoms of close contacts, have reason to believe they are Covid-positive, are directed to withdraw. Players who have tested positive for Covid and are within the CDC-recommended quarantine period are instructed to remain home. Naturally, players who withdraw prior to the start of the tournament will receive a full refund of any entry fees paid.
  3. All measures the NHCA employs or recommends are intended to mitigate against the spread of Covid-19. However, the risk of Covid transmission is beyond the NHCA’s ability to effectively prevent. Players who have read the above and find the outlined precautions inadequate are advised not to participate. By participating in or attending an NHCA event, said participant or observer agrees to release and defend, hold harmless and indemnify the New Hampshire Chess Association, including all those acting on its behalf, from all liability, claims, expenses, fees, fines, penalties, losses, suits, proceedings, actions and costs including attorneys’ fees and court costs, including personal injury and death, resulting from or arising out of participation, whether caused by the negligence of those acting on behalf of the NHCA or otherwise.