Covid-19 Recommendations

AGA Recommendations for Running Tournaments Safely with Respect to Covid-19 Issues

In early 2020, the AGA called on all to simply stop face-to-face tournament play. A lot has happened since, and clubs and chapters are now seeking to start up again. We now want to acknowledge people’s desire to get competing again. Our recommendations here are our assessment that with a little inconvenience and some patience, it should be possible to compete with reasonable safety.

While the CDC does not have specific guidelines for Go or other game tournaments, our recommendations seek to interpret the CDC’s more general guidelines. Noting that two people sitting across from each other for an hour in a closed room is exactly the circumstance in which COVID is most likely to spread, we are strongly recommending masks. However, given the CDC’s identification of touch transmission as a very low risk, we are not suggesting requiring stones to be cleaned after every game. Nonetheless, we are recommending that sanitizer, gloves and spare masks be made readily available to all, and the AGA is willing to provide supplemental funding to offset the costs of providing that support. Please email planning@usgo.org with a copy of your announcement and your tournament rating report to get reimbursement for those costs.

It is important to remember that the “prudent response” to COVID is a moving target. We will be reviewing the current status of CDC and other guidelines frequently and will adjust our recommendations to reflect new information. It is also important to follow local news and government guidance, since the pandemic affects different areas differently. Your local Public Health District is an excellent resource for accurate, science based and locally focused information.

Late Breaking News


Note: Last update: 10/01/2021 -- update dates for links below, and change notes are in those documents.

The rapid rise in Covid-19 cases over the summer - particularly in some States -- has given us all reason to reconsider long range plans such as running a tournament face to face. Our recommendations have been revised a bit to adapt. But we still feel that in most areas, a properly planned event can be done with an adequate level of safety. Two tournament support programs which have been on hold since March, 2020, are now reactivated. See State Championships and Major Tournament Support for details.

It is very important to consult local public health district authorities (see public health link above) about local conditions, as there are a few areas where the local risk is higher.


Please write to planning@usgo.org with any questions.