Next steps for Face-to-Face Tournaments (from the ACBL, April 15, 2021)

Dear District and Unit Presidents and Tournament Chairs,

As we move further into 2021, we wanted to update you on the requirements for face-to-face tournaments and the procedure for event approval.

Below is a description of policy, and you may click here for an accompanying breakdown of information.

Beginning on August 1, 2021, the following sanctions will be allowed to move forward:

  1. STaCs
  2. Intermediate/Newcomer Sectionals and Downgraded Sectionals (i.e., Sectional Tournaments that do not require ACBL staff)

For all other tournament sanctions, our team will review each event and give approval on a case-by-case basis.

Please note:

You will note that some of the criteria to be used for the team's decisions are subjective. This is done intentionally as we know there are many unique situations around the League. Also note that the size of a tournament and the breadth of the projected attending geography will also be a major factor.

The final decision rests with ACBL. Our primary concern and overriding principles will be based on the safety of our players, staff and volunteers.

For tournaments that do proceed, the following will be MANDATORY:

  1. Vaccination: All staff, players and volunteers must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of such upon arrival.
  2. Face masks: All staff, players and volunteers must wear approved face masks at all times when within the playing area.
  3. Table spacing: Tables must be set at a minimum of 11' centers, in other words, at least 8' apart.
  4. No food or drink may be distributed except for individual "grab and go" types of servings tha t are covered and can be taken without contact from others. (Example: Individual servings are allowed. Having coffee with communal cream containers and sugar is not allowed. A volunteer or paid assistant may serve coffee such that only one person is handling these items.)
  5. Exceptions may be made to the vaccination and face mask mandates due to qualifying medical conditions or firmly held religious beliefs. These exceptions will be determined by ACBL in conjunction with the tournament sponsor on a case-by-case basis, and accommodations may be made if they do not create an undue hardship on ACBL and/or the sponsor or pose a threat to others in the playing area.

Local organizers MUST supply the following:

  1. Face masks for those who neglect to bring one (note: you may charge a nominal fee for these)
  2. Hand sanitizer available throughout the playing area
  3. An "Event Safety Coordinator" who shall be responsible for ensuring all these measures are met. Please note that this will include coordinating the effort of checking proof of vaccination and monitoring such that players exhibiting signs of illness are not admitted.

Please note that all the above is subject to change at any point during these uncertain times.

Regards,
Greg Coles
Director of Operations

CC: ACBL Board of Directors

Upcoming Tournaments

Check the units whose tournaments you want to see.


Capitol City Sectional, Bismarck ND - Aug 27-29, 2021

Med City I/N Sectional, Rochester MN - Sep 18-18, 2021

Joanne Larson Memorial Minot Sectional, Minot ND - Sep 24-26, 2021

Dubuque Fall Sectional, Dubuque IA - Sep 24-26, 2021

District 14 NAP Final for 2021-2022 GNT/NAP - Oct 2-3, 2021

Sioux Empire Sectional, Sioux Falls SD - Oct 9-10, 2021

Davenport Fall Sectional, Davenport IA - Oct 15-17, 2021

Welcome Back Minnesota IN Regional, New Brighton [Minneapolis] MN - Oct 21-24, 2021

Welcome Back Minnesota Open Sectional, New Brighton [Minneapolis] MN - Oct 21-24, 2021

Cedar Falls Sectional, Cedar Falls IA - Nov 5-7, 2021

2022

Hawkeye Holiday Sectional, Urbandale [Des Moines] IA - Jan 6-9, 2022

Minnesota Winter Sectional, St. Paul MN - Jan 27-30, 2022

Cedar Rapids Winter Sectional, Cedar Rapids IA - Jan 28-30, 2022

Davenport Winter Sectional, Davenport IA - Feb 18-20, 2022

Med City I/N Sectional, Rochester MN - Mar 19, 2022

Iowa City Spring Sectional at Hills, Hills [Iowa City] IA - Mar 25-27, 2022

Lincoln Spring Sectional, Waverly NE - Mar 25-27, 2022

Fort Dodge Sectional, Fort Dodge IA - Apr 1-3, 2022

Hiawatha Bridge Sectional, Rochester MN - Apr 7-9, 2022

Mt. Pleasant Spring Sectional, Mt. Pleasant IA - Apr 22-24, 2022

Spring Festival Sectional, Urbandale [Des Moines] IA - Apr 28-May 1, 2022

Gopher Regional - Twin Cities, MN - May 23-39, 2022

Capitol City Sectional, Bismarck ND - Jun 3-5, 2022

Bruce Hardy Memorial Sectional, Sioux City IA - Jun 10-12, 2022

Cedar Rapids I/N Sectional, Cedar Rapids IA - Jun 11-12, 2022

St. Cloud Granite City Sectional, St. Cloud MN - Jun 16-18, 2022

Iowa City Regional - Coralville [Iowa City], IA - Jun 28-Jul 3, 2022

Cedar Rapids Summer Sectional, Cedar Rapids IA - Jul 8-10, 2022

Aquatennial Sectional, Minneapolis MN - Jul 13-17, 2022

Sioux Falls Sectional, Sioux Falls SD - Jul 15-17, 2022

Nebraska Regional - Council Bluffs, IA - Aug. 8-14, 2022

Med City I/N Sectional, Rochester MN - Aug 20-20, 2022

Iowa City Summer Sectional at Hills, Hills [Iowa City] IA - Aug 26-28, 2022

Stars of Tomorrow Sectional, Urbandale [Des Moines] IA - Aug 27-28, 2022

Labor Day Sectional, Minneapolis MN - Sep 2-5, 2022

Cornbelt Sectional, Urbandale [Des Moines] IA - Sep 8-11, 2022

Paul Bunyan Bridge Sectional, Carlton, MN - Sep 8-10, 2022

STaC D14 - Sep 12-15, 2022

Boji Duplicate Bridge Club Sectional, Spirit Lake IA - Sep 23-25, 2022

Dubuque Fall Sectional, Dubuque IA - Sep 23-25, 2022

Davenport Fall Sectional, Davenport IA - Oct 14-16, 2022

Siouxland Bridge Championships Regional - Sioux City, IA - Oct. 17-23, 2022

Cedar Falls Sectional, Cedar Falls IA - Nov 4-6, 2022

2023

Gopher Regional - Twin Cities, MN - May 22-28, 2023

Two Rivers Regional - Des Moines, IA - Jul 3-9, 2023

Nebraska Regional - Council Bluffs, IA - Aug 7-13, 2023

Roughrider Regional - Fargo, ND - Aug 28-Sep 3, 2023

2024

Gopher Regional - Bloomington [Twin Cities] MN - May 20-26, 2024

Iowa City Regional - Coralville, IAJun 25-30, 2024

Nebraska Regional - Council Bluffs, IA - Aug 5-11, 2024

Siouxland Bridge Championships Regional - Sioux City, IA - Oct 14-20, 2024

2025

Gopher Regional - Twin Cities, MN

Nebraska Regional - Council Bluffs, IA

Des Moines Regional - Des Moines, IA

Rochester Regional - Rochester, MN

2026

Gopher Regional - Twin Cities, MN

Nebraska Regional - Council Bluffs, IA

2027

Gopher Regional - Twin Cities, MN

Nebraska Regional - Council Bluffs, IA

Des Moines Regional - Des Moines, IA

Rochester Regional - Rochester, MN