Interim Rule Changes

At their July Directors Meeting, the USBCHA approved the following rule changes pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. These rule changes are effective immediately and until further notice:

PART II a:  INTERIM RULES PERTAINING TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC (Adopted July 8, 2020.  Interim rules will remain in effect for 90 days from the date of adoption unless extended by a majority vote of the USBCHA Board of Directors.)

A.  SANCTIONED TRIALS: These rules and regulations apply only to USBCHA sanctioned trials and approved events.

  1. Trial hosts, workers and participants are required to follow local rules and regulations regarding gathering size limitations, travel restrictions, quarantine requirements of persons entering a state, province or region, and any other local requirements in effect at the time of the event.
  2. Trial hosts must provide handlers a list of safety protocols they intend to follow for the trial at the time entries open.
  3. Trial hosts are required to refund entry fees of any handler that has any symptoms consistent with, or believes that they may have contracted COVID-19, or been exposed to COVID-19 up until the trial begins. [While interim rules pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic are in effect, USBCHA will reimburse trial hosts for refunds of sanctioned class entry fees (Open and Nursery) made to handlers who withdraw within 14 days of a trial’s start date due to COVID-19 symptoms or suspected exposure to COVID-19].