As you know, we have not had martial activities in this kingdom since March of last year. After reviewing the latest guidance from Society, Their Majesties have decided to reopen the Middle Kingdom for practices and events starting on July 1.
What does this mean for you?
If you previously saw the Martial Activity Restart Plan that was announced at the end of May, you should disregard it. That plan has been cancelled, and martial activities will NOT restart on June 13. Instead, martial activities will be allowed at all events, meetings, and practices without restrictions other than those put forth by Society stating that there may not be shared food and water.
All martial authorizations and warrants that were valid at the time of the shutdown will automatically have their expiration dates pushed back to July 1, 2022.
Please refer to official guidance documents from Society and the Middle Kingdom Seneschal’s office for full information on the parameters of SCA activities starting July 1.
All of that said, I want to stress this to all of you: just because you CAN participate in martial activities does not mean you HAVE to participate in martial activities. Please do not participate, or let yourself feel pressured to participate, in ANY activity that you do not feel safe doing! No one is required to wear a mask, but it is NOT forbidden to wear one!
For you combat activity participants, PLEASE go to your local practice first, and start SLOW! Knock the rust off! Have your local knights and marshals help you recalibrate your shots! Don’t hurt yourself and don’t hurt your friends!
As a final note, the position of DKEM for Equestrian is currently open, and I will be accepting applications. Please keep an eye out on the website and on the KEM Facebook Page for more information!
Play safe, wash your hands, and make this Kingdom proud!
Yours in Service,
Sir Marcus, KEM