Eric Gardiner wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:37 pm
Yes Mick I think so. Do you know the answer to my question?
My question was more of a practical one rather than a direct contribution to the discussion of the current health risks of playing OTB chess. I did quickly put one of the links into Google Translate but didn't spot anything about whether you had to go somewhere to drink water, as Ian Thompson says upthread he had to do. When deciding on whether to play OTB chess in the future, if it is permitted, I'd take information on current infection rates into account as well as requirements for mask wearing, water drinking and so on.
No; looking at the picture
, it looks like each player has been provided with a bottle of water (as well as a hand sanitiser I think); it would make sense that each player has their own water bottle provided, rather than having any shared facilities; if that's the case, then you would hope that instructions have been issued to the players e.g. if you want a drink, take your own bottle as provided, but go outside?
My point in posting the details above was to show how the situation can develop rapidly during a tournament; so, if you enter one, you can't be certain that the precautions at the start won't have to be tightened up during the event; the further you travel the more chance you are taking
For example I got in the car the other morning with the knowledge that Bolton was out of lockdown; by the time I got back into the car, Bolton was back in lockdown, and Hancock was retrospectively saying that our emergence from lockdown wasn't due at 00:01 as we had understood, but was at 12:00 instead; this might have meant that, as I'd stupidly forgotten to use a TARDIS rather than a car
, I had broken the regulations/guidance/law (I hadn't, but you get my drift)
Anyone organising an OTB chess event in the UK is taking a chance that the rules will change, as is anyone entering, unfortunately