Posted on September 3, 2020 by Robert FukudaRevised COVID-19 Guidance A revised statement of practice has been issued on 31 August 2020. The full text is here and it includes the USOPC statement. The major additions to the document are below. Insurance Coverage Update: On September 1, 2020, our new insurance policies for the new 2021 Fiscal Year, become effective. There are some major changes and they are briefly outlined here. COVID-19 Liability:Our liability policies DO NOT provide liability coverage for epidemic & pandemic diseases. The current COVID-19 crisis has been declared a pandemic by both the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Therefore, any claims/lawsuits brought against you due to COVID-19: infection, illness, injury, disability, death, economic loss, etc. WILL NOT BE DEFENDED BY THE LIABLITY INSURANCE POLICIES. COVID-19 Accident Medical:Our accident medical policy does not provide coverage for any COVID-19 pandemic related: infection, illness, injury, disability, death, economic loss, etc. The policy is intended to respond to accidental injuries incurred while doing sanctioned or approved judo. For example: sprains, broken limbs, dislocations, etc. It does NOT respond to claims arising from allergies, usual colds and flu, COVID-19, chickenpox and other communicable disease illness. The accident medical policy is NOT a replacement for your own health insurance/coverage. It is NOT a primary coverage policy and responds on a secondary basis in conjunction with your own health insurance. Return To Activity/Training After COVID-19 Infection: There can be many lingering side effects of having had a COVID-19 infection. One of them is the development of myocarditis – an inflammation of the heart muscle. Due to the dangers of myocarditis and other lingering COVID-19 damage/symptoms, any athlete who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, MUST be medically cleared with written authorization/clearance for strenuous physical activities such as judo BEFORE returning to judo activities from a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant. Phase Four had been split in two Phase 4a: Public health authorities allow public training facilities to open WITH limitations on group size. Dojos/clubs may OPEN for individual training in small groups only if social distancing and masking are maintained. DIRECT CONTACT IS NOT ALLOWED. Phase 4b: Public health authorities allow public training facilities to open, no limitations on group size.Dojos/clubs may OPEN. Direct contact allowed to resume during this phase.