Revised 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.