IBCA COVID-19 Guidelines

IBCA will return to sanctioning events beginning in October, 2020.  To provide a safe and healthy environment, we have looked to the CDC and state health officials for guidance.  IBCA will be implementing the following minimum guidelines.  As the CDC, state and local officials update their guidelines, IBCA will also make adjustments.  Please remember these are minimum guidelines and local officials and/or the promoter may also have additional guidelines that must be followed.  It is the responsibility of all participants to be aware of the requirements for each event.  Communication with the promoter is paramount to ensure you are aware of any changes.

  • Everyone entering the judging area will be required to wear a face covering (i.e. medical face mask, bandana, neck gaiter, etc.). Signs should be posted as reminders. The face covering must be worn to properly cover your nose and mouth.
  • Taste judges must wear their face covering until the judging process begins and then must be put back on at the end of judging before leaving the table and until leaving the judging area.
  • All cooks and team members must wear a face covering (i.e. medical face mask, bandana, neck gaiter, etc.) during the cooks’ meeting, tray pick up, tray turn in and at awards. Any cook/team member who is not wearing a face covering will not be allowed to pick up or turn in trays and will be asked to leave the area until a face covering is worn. Not wearing a face covering is grounds for disqualification.
  • Everyone should remember social distancing.
  • Hand sanitizer/Hand washing stations made available to everyone entering the judging area.
  • Participants and attendees should sanitize hands often throughout the day by washing or using hand sanitizer.
  • All tables and chair backs are to be wiped down between judging rounds.
  • Each taste judge will be provided with individual trash bags that includes the necessary utensils for judging. 
  • Palate cleansers (i.e. crackers, pickles, etc) will not be used. Only bottled water will be used during judging.
  • Leftovers will be discarded after each round. Taking the food home or provided to others will not be allowed.
  • Judging tables should be doubled in width for preliminary rounds and triple width for final round judging.
  • Avoid gathering in groups larger than 10 or more people.
  • Area for cooks meeting and awards should be large enough to allow for social distancing.  Face coverings should be worn by all in attendance.
  • If awards are held outside, teams should plan to provide their own shade to allow for proper social distancing.
  • Most importantly, if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or the flu (i.e., fever, cough, nausea, loss of smell/taste, etc.), STAY HOME.  Your health and the health of those around you is more important than the points earned.

Please notify promoters of your intentions to attend so that the proper preparations can be made for taste judges.  If your plans change, please let the promoter know as well so the promoter can fill your spot.

Thank you
Lea Anne Lemon
IBCA President