Ansteorra Martial Practices Reopen Plan

Please provide feedback on the Ansteorra reopen plan or via COVID feedback on practices

Marshal’s shall also adhere to reopening practices information and enforcement.

All attendees (marshals, participants, officers, spectators) to practices should fill out:  Feedback on practices

Within the Kingdom of Ansteorra YouTube Channel you can find the recordings for: Session on June 4, 2020 (3 hours), Session on June 7, 2020 (~1 hour), and Session on June 8, 2020 (1 hour)

Ansteorra Reopen Status by Branch

Ansteorra Reopen Status between: July 13-19, 2020

– Branch has increased since previous week

– Branch has decreased since previous week

Due to the Texas Governor’s Proclamation GA-28, Texas branches are now capped at Phase 2 until further notice.

SCA Branch Status Previous Week
Adlersruhe  Phase 1  Phase 2 
Bjornsborg  🛑   🛑 
Bonwicke  🛑   🛑 
Bordermarch  🛑   🛑 
Brad Leah  🛑   Phase 1 
Bryn Gwlad  🛑   🛑 
Chemin Noir  Phase 1  Phase 3 
Dragonsfire Tor  🛑   Phase 2 
Eldern Hills  Phase 2  Phase 3 
Elfsea  🛑   🛑 
Emerald Keep  🛑   🛑 
Ffynnon Gath  Phase 1  🛑 
Glaslyn  Phase 1   Phase 1 
Graywood  🛑   Phase 1 
Haldtre  Phase 3   Phase 3 
Hellsgate  Phase 1   Phase 1 
Loch Soilleir  🛑   🛑 
Mooneschadowe  Phase 1   Phase 1 
Myrgenfeld  Phase 3   Phase 3 
Namron  Phase 1  Phase 2 
Northkeep  🛑   Phase 1 
Ravensfort  🛑   🛑 
Rosenfeld  🛑   Phase 1 
Seawinds  🛑   🛑 
Shadowlands  🛑   🛑 
Skorragardr  Phase 2  Phase 3 
Stargate  🛑   🛑 
Steppes  🛑   🛑 
Wiesenfeuer  🛑   Phase 1 
Wyldewode  Phase 3   Phase 3 
Crown Lands – OK  Phase 3   Phase 3 
Crown Lands – TX  Phase 2   Phase 2 

Last updated on: 2020-07-10

Raw data: Ansteorra COVID data – 2020-07-10 – requires Excel for Microsoft 365, Excel for Microsoft 365 for Mac, or Excel for the web because of use of XLOOKUP and MAXIFS

Thanks to USAFacts curated government data for COVID testing by county.

In all sincerity, we don’t want anyone to feel obligated to attend any SCA activities during the pandemic.

Please take this to heart!

General

The goal of a reopen plan is to slowly reintroduce SCA activities while trying to reduce risks via a staged approach in alignment with CDC and state guidance. It is not the goal to immediately resume all SCA activities in a single step. This plan is for branch martial practices and is approved by the Earl Marshal, Kingdom Seneschal, and Crown. SCA events and other local activities shall be separate plans issued in conjunction with the Great Officers of State and the Crown.

Due to the factors used in determining reopen phases, it is feasible that states, counties, tribal jurisdictions, or SCA branches may revert to earlier phases or even stop martial activities entirely. After resuming local practices, each marshal and participant shall check the martial status report and reopen plan to determine under what conditions the martial practices are able to resume, continue, or halt practices. On a weekly basis, the branch officer must update branch calendars and social media events and communicate any changes to their populace.

Each Friday before noon a status report with any updates to the reopen plan shall be published and is valid for the following Monday to Sunday. Ansteorra phases shall trail the state reopen phase by at least two (2) weeks to account for any localized rebound of cases. Branch status shall be a “stop-sign” or a stated phase as follows:

  • Red Light (🛑) – Branch is not allowed to reopen martial practices and individuals who live or work in these branches may not travel to open branches to participate in SCA martial activities.
    • Branches may be closed due to substantial transmission rates or insufficient medical infrastructure by the state government.
    • Branches that are experiencing frequent rebound activities may be flagged by the Earl Marshal to be closed for an extended period of time.
  • Phase 1 – Branch is allowed to reopen target archery, thrown weapons, and equestrian practices.
    • Minors are not allowed to participate.
    • Individuals may not go to other branches to participate.
  • Phase 2 – Branch is allowed to reopen all adult martial practices.
    • Minors are not allowed to participate.
    • Individuals may only go to other Phase 2 branches for martial activities.
  • Phase 3 – Branch is allowed to reopen all adult and youth martial practices.
    • Individuals may go to other Phase 2 or 3 branches for martial activities.
    • Individuals going to a phase 2 branch need to be aware there may be more risk which could result in becoming infectious carrier.

Branches holding joint practices due to close proximity shall use the lowest phase of the respective branches. For example, if Namron is Phase 2 and Wiesenfeuer is Phase 3, both groups shall be considered Phase 2 for any joint martial practices.

Individuals shall use their primary residence to determine their phase for any travel restrictions.

All local government and tribal jurisdictional guidance should be followed when more restrictive than Ansteorra’s guidance.

All individuals should follow CDC hygiene practices to avoid exposing yourself and others. Face masks should not be worn when wet such as from exhalation, so some participants may need more than one.

During Phases 1 and 2, there shall be recurring sessions led by a kingdom marshal, or designee, aimed at educating our seneschals, marshals, and martial participants. There shall be a recorded program made available including education of the signs of COVID, safety measures to minimize risk of exposure, and current guidance from kingdom.

Any branch officer contacted by a tracing program should immediately notify the Kingdom Seneschal and Earl Marshal. If an attendee at any martial practice is reported via a tracing program with COVID-19 will place at least a 14 day hold for all SCA activities for the afflicted branch.

If any officer or warranted marshal observes an attendee with obvious COVID-like symptoms, they shall request the individual to leave and recommend they seek medical care. Individuals may petition through the Chain of Complaint/Appeal (regional, deputy kingdom, Earl Marshal, Crown) if they feel they were intentionally discriminated against unfairly.

If a local marshal is unable or unwilling to attend practices or meetings, they need to make a reasonable effort to deputize someone for the local practices. If the local marshal cannot find a satisfactory deputy, the up-line officer shall be notified as part of normal reporting. In the situation the local marshal is unable or unwilling to resume practices, four (4) or more martial participants of the same form may petition the regional marshal for consideration on resuming activities. If denied, the petition would follow the chain of appeal up to the kingdom deputy, Earl Marshal, and Crown.

Due to the on-going pandemic, lower attendance may result in some branches not having enough participants to hold practices.

Individuals have the right to not face any opponent at martial practices without penalty. The SCA is an honorable society and individuals shall follow the guidance of this document. No one shall intentionally violate the guidance nor disparage individuals for their participation level.

Failure to comply with the reopen guidance shall be reported to the Earl Marshal stating the details of who, when, what, and actions taken at the time. Penalties for individuals and branches will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine the severity. Any suspected cases of bullying via this guidance will be reported to the Kingdom Seneschal for investigation. Rule #1 is always in effect.

Ansteorra’s reopen guidance may be stricter than CDC, state, local or tribal government guidance. Ansteorra’s reopen plan may change as we gain experience and knowledge progressing toward full reintegration.

To provide transparency to the SCA populace, the data and method used for analysis will be made available via the marshal website on a weekly basis. As Texas and Oklahoma are both below the positive cases to testing ratio per CDC targets (<10%), Ansteorra’s analysis shall focus on trends of new cases and ratio of new cases to population by counties for a branch.

Phase 1

Martial activities allowed with the following stipulations:

  • Adult martial activities must be outdoors. Activities are limited to Target Archery, Thrown Weapons, and Equestrian. Attendance is limited to participants, marshals, and any required officers.
    • Minors are not allowed to participate in Phase 1 nor 2 due to the challenges of oversight of safety and COVID safety at the same time.
    • Armored, Rapier, Cut and Thrust, and Mounted Combat are not allowed.
    • Participants may not travel to other branches.
  • Multiple martial activities are allowed at the same location given there is a clear separation of at least 10’ (preferably more) between each group. Groups shall be limited to 10 individuals, but multiple groups may exist with sufficient distancing. Individuals should minimize interacting between groups.
  • There shall be no more than 4 individuals actively participating at a time.
  • All individuals shall wear faces masks covering the mouth and nose or equivalent. Face masks shall be commercially manufactured or following CDC guidance for DIY face masks.
    • Face masks should not be worn when wet such as from exhalation, so some participants may need more than one.
  • When unable to maintain 6’ of separation from individuals outside your physical residence, hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette should be rigorously practiced.
  • Prior to participation at any SCA sponsored practices, individuals shall acknowledge a Ansteorra Health Screening Questionnaire based on CDC and state health departments guidance.
  • In order to reduce contact transfer:
    • When performing inspections, the inspecting marshal and participant shall wear a face mask or equivalent, minimize any physical contact necessary to complete the inspection, and should clean/disinfect hands before/after the inspection. Equipment should be inspected 6’ from other individuals when feasible.
    • No use of loaner equipment.
    • Fire lanes shall be at least 10’ distance apart.
    • No shared drinks or food are allowed.
      • Single serving commercially pre-packaged food and drinks are allowed.
  • Groups are strongly encouraged to make available and/or seek donations of:
  • At risk individuals are strongly encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. As risk individuals includes those:
    • 65 and older
    • Chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, or smokers
    • Chronic heart conditions
    • Weakened immune system
    • Pregnant
    • Severe obesity (BMI >= 40)
    • Other underlying health conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease requiring dialysis

Phase 2

Martial activities allowed with the following stipulations:

  • Adult martial activities must be outdoors.
    • Minors are not allowed to participate in Phase 1 nor 2 due to the challenges of oversight of safety and COVID safety at the same time.
    • Participants may only travel to other Phase 2 branches. 
  • Multiple martial activities are allowed at the same location assuming there is a clear separation of at least 10’ (more when available). Individuals should minimize interacting between groups.
    • In Texas, martial activities shall avoid being in groups larger than 10 individuals. Attendance is limited to participants, combatants, marshals, any required officers, and 1 parent/guardian per minor.
    • In Oklahoma, martial activities are limited to 50 individuals per activity. Non-participants are discouraged from attending.
  • Small unit melees are allowed up to 5 combatants per side. There shall be no more than 1 active melee at the same time.
  • No limit on active bouts or lanes.
  • All individuals shall wear faces masks covering the mouth and nose or equivalent. Face masks shall be commercially manufactured or following CDC guidance for DIY face masks.
    • Face masks should not be worn when wet such as from exhalation, so some participants may need more than one per practice.
  • When unable to maintain 6’ of separation from individuals outside your physical residence, hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette should be rigorously practiced.
  • Prior to participation at any SCA sponsored practices, individuals shall acknowledge a Ansteorra Health Screening Questionnaire based on CDC and state health departments guidance.
  • In order to reduce contact transfer:
    • When performing inspections, the inspecting marshal and participant shall wear a face mask or equivalent, minimize any physical contact necessary to complete the inspection, and should clean/disinfect hands before/after the inspection. Equipment should be inspected a minimum of 6’ from other individuals when feasible.
    • Loaner equipment must be properly disinfected between individuals. Procedure to be determined at the local branch level which may include temporary extended loan to individuals or disallowing loaner equipment entirely.
    • Fighting areas and fire lanes shall be at least 6’ distance apart.
    • No shared drinks or food are allowed.
      • Single serving commercially pre-packaged food and drinks are allowed.
  • Combatants shall wear face masks or use a solid plastic face shield affixed to their helm/mask covering the mouth and nose.
    • Warranted marshals and combatants shall call hold to break-up fights with extended close proximity to minimize person-to-person spread via respiratory droplets.
  • Groups are strongly encouraged to make available or seek donations of:
  • At risk individuals including those 65 and older are strongly encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. See Phase 1.

Phase 3

Martial activities, including minors, fully resume with the following stipulations:

  • Until further notice all martial activities must be outdoors.
  • Prior to participation at any SCA sponsored practices, individuals will be required to acknowledge a Ansteorra Health Screening Questionnaire based on CDC and state health departments guidance.
  • To reduce contact transfer:
    • Loaner equipment must be properly disinfected between individuals. See Phase 2.
    • No shared drinks or food are allowed.
      • Single serving commercially pre-packaged food and drinks are allowed.
  • Groups are encouraged to make available and/or seek donations of:
  • Until further notice all individuals shall wear faces masks covering the mouth and nose. Face masks shall be commercially manufactured or following CDC guidance for DIY face masks.
    • Face masks should not be worn when wet such as from exhalation, so some participants may need more than one per practice.
  • Until further notice combatants shall wear face masks or use a solid plastic face shield affixed to their helm/mask covering the mouth and nose..
    • Warranted marshals and combatants shall call hold to break-up fights with extended close proximity to minimize person-to-person spread via respiratory droplets.

Branch to County mapping

If you notice any errors or omissions, please submit to the Earl Marshal.

SCA Branch State County Name
Adlersruhe TX Potter County
Adlersruhe TX Randall County
Bjornsborg TX Bexar County
Bjornsborg TX Wilson County
Bonwicke TX Crosby County
Bonwicke TX Ector County
Bonwicke TX Hale County
Bonwicke TX Howard County
Bonwicke TX Jones County
Bonwicke TX Irion County
Bonwicke TX Lubbock County
Bonwicke TX Lynn County
Bonwicke TX Midland County
Bonwicke TX Taylor County
Bonwicke TX Tom Green County
Bordermarch TX Chambers County
Bordermarch TX Hardin County
Bordermarch TX Jasper County
Bordermarch TX Jefferson County
Bordermarch TX Newton County
Bordermarch TX Orange County
Bordermarch TX Tyler County
Brad Leah TX Archer County
Brad Leah TX Clay County
Brad Leah TX Wichita County
Bryn Gwlad TX Bastrop County
Bryn Gwlad TX Caldwell County
Bryn Gwlad TX Travis County
Bryn Gwlad TX Williamson County
Chemin Noir OK Washington County
Dragonsfire Tor TX Erath County
Dragonsfire Tor TX Hood County
Eldern Hills OK Comanche County
Eldern Hills OK Stephens County
Elfsea TX Johnson County
Elfsea TX Parker County
Elfsea TX Tarrant County
Elfsea TX Wise County
Emerald Keep TX Falls County
Emerald Keep TX McLennan County
Ffynnon Gath TX Comal County
Ffynnon Gath TX Guadalupe County
Ffynnon Gath TX Hays County
Glaslyn TX Denton County
Graywood TX Angelina County
Graywood TX Nacogdoches County
Haldtre OK Beckham County
Hellsgate TX Bell County
Hellsgate TX Burnet County
Hellsgate TX Coryell County
Hellsgate TX Lampasas County
Steppes TX Kaufman County
Loch Soilleir TX Brazoria County
Loch Soilier TX Fort Bend County
Loch Soilleir TX Harris County
Loch Soilleir TX Galveston County
Loch Soilleir TX Matagorda County
Mooneschadowe OK Payne County
Myrgenfeld OK Logan County
Namron OK Atoka County
Namron OK Caddo County
Namron OK Canadian County
Namron OK Carter County
Namron OK Cleveland County
Namron OK Coal County
Namron OK Garvin County
Namron OK Grady County
Namron OK Hughes County
Namron OK Johnston County
Namron OK Love County
Namron OK McClain County
Namron OK Murray County
Namron OK Pittsburg County
Namron OK Pontotoc County
Northkeep OK Creek County
Northkeep OK Muskogee County
Northkeep OK Osage County
Northkeep OK Rogers County
Northkeep OK Tulsa County
Northkeep OK Wagoner County
Ravensfort TX Walker County
Rosenfeld TX Gregg County
Rosenfeld TX Smith County
Rosenfeld TX Van Zandt County
Seawinds TX Aransas County
Seawinds TX Nueces County
Seawinds TX San Patricio County
Shadowlands TX Brazos County
Shadowlands TX Burleson County
Shadowlands TX Grimes County
Shadowlands TX Robertson County
Skorragardr OK Pottawatomie County
Skorragardr OK Seminole County
Stargate TX Fort Bend County
Stargate TX Harris County
Stargate TX Montgomery County
Steppes TX Collin County
Steppes TX Dallas County
Steppes TX Ellis County
Steppes TX Grayson County
Steppes TX Hunt County
Steppes TX Rockwall County
Wiesenfeuer OK Canadian County
Wiesenfeuer OK Oklahoma County
Wyldewode OK Cherokee County

Background Materials

Federal

CDC COVID data tracker

            USAFacts COVID data tracker – referenced by the CDC as source for by county data

How COVID spreads

CDC/FEMA “Opening up American again”

CDC reopening guidance for cleaning and disinfecting

EEOC/ADA pandemic preparedness guidance (III.A.2 regarding health surveys & III.B.8 regarding travel inquiries)

CDC COVID Self-Checker

Phase 1: States must meet gating criteria:

  • downward trajectory of reported symptoms within a 14-day period;
  • downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period or downward trajectory of positive cases as percent of total tests within a 14-day period;
  • hospitals can treat all patients without crisis care and robust testing program for at-risk healthcare workers.

All vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place.

Social settings of more than 10 individuals, where appropriate distancing may not be practical, should be avoided unless precautionary measures are observed.

Phase 2: No evidence of a rebound and meet the gating criteria a second time.

All vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place.

Social settings of more than 50 individuals, where appropriate distancing may not be practical, should be avoided unless precautionary measures are observed.

Phase 3: No evidence of a rebound and meet the gating criteria a third time.

Vulnerable individuals can resume public interactions, but should practice physical distancing unless precautionary measures are observed.

Low-risk populations should consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments.

Texas

DSHS COVID data tracker

Governor’s strike force to open Texas

DSHS “Opening the State of Texas”

DSHS COVID Self-Checker

Phase 1: May 1, 2020

Continue following special guidance to stay home if over 65 or part of a vulnerable population.

Avoid socializing in groups larger than 10.

Individuals may engage in outdoor sports with no more than 4 participants.

Phase 2: May 18, 2020

Continue following special guidance to stay home if over 65 or part of a vulnerable population.

Avoid socializing in groups larger than 10.

Sports may resume practices without spectators beginning May 31 and competitions with spectators on June 15.

Phase 3: June 3, 2020

Over 65 or vulnerable populations should stay home as much as possible and be aware that large gatherings pose a significant risk to this population.

Outdoor events are permitted and are defined as 500 or more attendees. At large outdoor events, Individuals should maintain 6’ of separation from those outside their “group” which is defined as those members of their household and those persons who traveled together to the event. When maintaining distance is not feasible utilize other methods to slow the spread of COVID such as wearing a face covering, washing/sanitizing hands frequently.

Adult recreational sports may operation in Texas. Spectators should maintain at least 5 feet of social distancing from individuals not within the spectator’s group. Adult recreational sports participants should consider wearing a face mask when participating in practice and sports events.

Oklahoma

OSDH COVID data tracker

Oklahoma Open Up & Recover Safely (OURS) plan

OURS Festivals, Fairs, and other outdoor gatherings

OSDH symptom tracker

Phase 1: April 24, 2020

Continue following safer-at-home guidelines if over 65 or part of a vulnerable population.

Avoid socializing in groups larger than 10 or facilities that do not readily allow for appropriate social distancing.

Phase 2: May 15, 2020

Continue following safer-at-home guidelines if over 65 or part of a vulnerable population.

Avoid socializing in groups larger than 50 or facilities that do not readily allow for appropriate social distancing.

Phase 3: June 1, 2020

Continue following safer-at-home guidelines if over 65 or part of a vulnerable population.

Citizens should minimize time spent in crowded environments and continue following CDC guidelines regarding social distancing.