COVID-related requirements


Mask mandates are rapidly changing and we are a compassionate crowd! We also want to make sure we continue to have opportunities to keep playing chess!

We are requiring face masks to be worn over the nose and mouth. Please bring one, and wear one when indoors and in the playing hall. There will be no eating inside the playing hall.

We will comply with all mandates as they roll out closer to the event date and ask for your cooperation. Additionally, exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit. The CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from coronavirus. Attendees should evaluate their own risk in determining whether to attend. Don’t come if you are sick, showing symptoms, or generally cantankerous. People who show no symptoms can spread coronavirus if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to coronavirus. By attending the American Open, you acknowledge and agree that you assume these inherent risks associated with attendance.

**Neither the organizers nor tournament director(s) will be held liable for any player/spectator whose health may be compromised by attending the tournament. In addition, the tournament may be restricted based on current  Federal/State/County/hotel covid-19 regulations.

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