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Riverside Fencing Club

Olympic style sport fencing for beginners to national champions

Operations are limited due to COVID-19

Emergency and Weather-related Closures Reminder

In case of inclement weather, or other emergency:

We will do our best to put notices out by 1:00 pm on the day of a class at the latest, or at least 1.5 hours prior to the start of class in the case of classes that start earlier in the day.

If there is no notice, you may assume that the club will be open.

Note: we are not tied to school or other closures. If schools are closed for weather, we may still be open the same day.

Even if the club is open, in the case of inclement weather, I make the decisions about whether to open the club or not based on conditions near where the club is. Since weather conditions may be quite different where you are, please use your own best judgment as to whether it is safe for you to travel to and from the club.


December 26, 2020: COVID-19 Era Procedures and Policies document updated

Changes summary:

  • Updated guidelines regarding return to fencing after attending gatherings;

  • Defined useful terms in an attempt to clarify document;

  • Increased class size limit from 9 to 10 fencers;

  • Updated Arrival Health Screen questions.

December 14, 2020: UMass Amherst offers free COVID-19 testing to community

Testing is available for FREE to members of the community who do not have symptoms, and are aged 10 years or older starting Mon Dec 14, 2020. For program details, please see this news article from Western Mass News.

By appointment only. To schedule a test:

December 9, 2020: Massachusetts to revert to Phase III, Step 1 of reopening plan, effective Dec 13, 2020

On Dec 8, 2020 Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Baker, announced that all communities will revert to Phase III, Step 1 of the state's reopening plan, effective Sunday Dec 13, 2020.

Riverside's current operations are already (still) in compliance with the guidance/regulation for Phase III, Step 1. There will be no operational changes at Riverside necessary in response to this rollback.

November 24, 2020: Introduction to Fencing class will not be offered in January, 2021

We will not be offering the introduction to fencing class in January 2021. Now, the earliest time we will consider offering the class will be in March, 2021.

November 23, 2020: COVID-19 Era Procedures and Policies document updated

Changes summary:

  • Added section: “Returning to Fencing after Travel or Hosting Guests”;

  • Added sub-section: “Factors governing when to phase classes in” to the “Phased Reopening Plan” section;

  • Other minor edits and updates.

Announcements archive.

COVID-19 Era Procedures and Policies.pdf