All participants (players, coaches, spectators, staff) should ensure that they complete a health assessment prior to participating in any soccer activities. The health assessment should consist of the following:
- Ensure the participants health. Take one’s temperature daily. The average normal body temperature is 98.6°F (37°C). Some studies have shown that the “normal” body temperature can have a wider range, from 97°F (36.1°C) to 99°F (37.2°C). A temperature over 100.4°F (38°C) most often means you have a fever caused by an infection or illness.
- If there are any symptoms, even mild ones, do not attend practice or a game. Public health urges you to stay home and isolate until:
- You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicine), AND
- Other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) have improved, AND
- At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
CDC Mask Requirements
- If you are considered a close contact through school or other activities, it is imperative to inform your team and to stay away from activities until you have completed your quarantine. If you are required to stay away from school, then you must also stay away from soccer activities.
- If you are unvaccinated and anyone in your household or that you have had close contact with (within six feet for approximately 15 minutes over a 24 hour period) displays symptoms you should self-quarantine based on current CDC guidelines , The Commonwealth of MA and direction from your local Board of Health.
- Notify your soccer organization immediately if your child has been identified as a close contact by a school or public health authority. The player/coach is to follow the quarantine process provided to them by the DPH and/or by the school nurse. A player can return to soccer activities on the return date issued by DPH or their school. If the date is provided by the school , a player should return to soccer on the same day they can return to school and under the same guidelines.
- If at any time during their quarantine period, any member of the team (including coach or staff) tests positive for COVID-19, the Safety officer should be notified.
Symptomatic or COVID Positive
If you are symptomatic or test COVID positive, please inform your coach immediately. Depending on when your symptoms or positive test was received, the rest of your team may be considered a contact/close contact of COVID. In that case the entire team will have to cancel soccer activities.