Reopen Status

This information on this page will be updated according to latest Kingdom, Baronial, State, and Local Government guidelines. Contact the Bryn Gwlad Webminister or use this form if you see information that is incorrect or out of date.

The status of different activities will likely change from week to week.

No one is required or obligated to attend in-person activities.

We will not tolerate bullying, disparagement, or pressuring of individuals
for attending in-person activities.

We will not tolerate bullying, disparagement, or pressuring of individuals
for NOT attending in-person activities.


Bryn Gwlad Status

Bryn Gwlad is open for Virtual Activities?YES
Bryn Gwlad is open for In-Person Activities?NO
Last Updated: 24 October 2020
See details on the Bryn Gwlad Reopen Page

Criteria for Bryn Gwlad Reopen

Last updated 23 Oct 2020:

Criteria Met? (all three must be YES to reopen)Criteria
YESAustin/Travis County Stage 3 or lower?
YES14 day average of total cases is a downward trend?
NO14 day average of positive cases as a percentage of population for the Barony is less than 0.02%?
  • The Kingdom of Ansteorra has released guidance and a re-open plan for Martial Activities.
  • The Kingdom of Ansteorra has NOT released re-open guidance for any other SCA activities. You must speak to the Seneschal and your upline for guidance.
  • Local activities must be on the baronial calendar in order to be official.

What does is mean if an activity is “reopened”?

That means we are allowed to hold in-person gatherings for that activity with appropriate safety precautions and/or restrictions. The different phases of reopening will determine what those precautions, restrictions, and requirements will be.

What types of activities will be considered for reopening?

  • martial activities
  • arts & sciences activities
  • guild meetings
  • business meetings
  • revels, happy hours, etc
  • events
  • rapier
  • cut & thrust
  • chivalric
  • archery
  • thrown weapons
  • equestrian
  • youth combat

Bryn Gwlad Martial Activity Status

  • 24 Oct – present:
    • Bryn Gwlad is not reopening in-person martial activities at this time (status page)
    • Virtual activities are allowed and highly encouraged!
    • SCA participants may petition Kingdom to hold in-person martial activities by following the guidelines listed here

Arts and Science Activities
Guild Activities
Business Meetings
Revels, Happy Hours, etc

  • 24 Oct – present:
    • Bryn Gwlad is not reopening the above-listed in-person activities at this time (status page)
    • Virtual activities are allowed and highly encouraged!
    • SCA participants may petition Kingdom to hold local, in-person, A&S activities by contacting the Kingdom A&S Officer at moas@ansteorra.org

On 29 July 2020, the SCA Board of Directors passed a resolution to suspend in-person SCA activity (kingdom-level events, baronials events, etc) until 31 Jan 2020.

This means any/all kingdom or baronial level events must be held virtually.

Decision-Making Tools

These tools are still under development and will be updated as soon as we are able.

  • As of 24 October 2020, Bryn Gwlad Officers will consider reopening when the following criteria are met:
    1. Stage 3 of Austin Public Health’s Covid-19 Risk-Based Guidelines
    2. 14 day average of total cases is a downward trend (raw data from Kingdom will be used to make this determination)
    3. 14 day average of positive cases as a percentage of population for the Barony is less than 0.02% (raw data from Kingdom will be used to make this determination)
  • This decision was made under the auspices of the Seneschal
    • A discussion was had that included the input from all Bryn Gwlad Officers
    • As allowed per from Kingdom, the Seneschal held a vote between the officers responsible for our local activities (Knight Marshal, Rapier Marshal, Archery Marshal, Minister of Arts & Sciences, and the Seneschal)
    • The decision was made to maintain the reopening criteria listed above

The Bryn Gwlad Reopen plan is based on the Ansteorran Martial Reopen Plan. This plan only applies to Martial Activities and consists of 4 different Phases for a SCA group:

  • Red Light — no in-person martial activities are allowed
  • Phase 1 — Only Target Archery, Thrown Weapons, non-combat Equestrian, and non-contact/combat combat drills are allowed with stringent safety and social distancing measures. No Minor attendance.
  • Phase 2 — All Phase 1 activities as well as combat activities are allowed with stringent safety and social distancing measures. No Minor attendance.
  • Phase 3 — All Phase 1 and Phase 2 activities are allowed with less stringent social distancing and safety measures. Minors attendance/participation is allowed.

Groups are eligible according to Kingdom to advance to a higher stage if one of the following criteria is met:

  • 14 day average of total cases is a downward trend
  • 14 day average of positive cases as a percentage of population for the Barony is less than 0.02%

A combination of the Kingdom Reopen/Phase requirements and Bryn Gwlad Reopen/Phase requirements will be used to determine the status of activities in Bryn Gwlad.

Kingdom policy has set limitations for travel between groups. Please read the “General” Section of the Ansteorran Martial Reopen Plan for details if you are considering travel to another group.

Educational Resources