See Premier League stopping “FairPlay handshakes” only for players to embrace and shake hands at the end of the game.Mick Norris wrote: ↑Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:53 amThe MCF has been discussing this, and a player who is also a medical doctor has added notes in red in the attached document, with his main point being
We've already had a case of a player not wanting to shake hands, but happy to handle the pieces, including his opponents, which isn't entirely logicalAvoid touching eyes, nose and mouth: this is likely to of greatest concern during chess matches as any glance at photos of chess players or when observing them, the “chess posture” when thinking about moves often involves rubbing eyes, hands over mouths etc etc. The virus on hard surfaces eg chess pieces will survive for a long period of time of up to 48 hrs at the extreme end.
Any reason not to clean the pieces at the start of the game? A simple precaution not difficult to do on an individual basis.