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COVID Safety and Action Plan
In accordance with guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer, our organization GPSYSA will return to play with the follow safety and action plan.
⦁ Communication & Education
⦁ All players and parents will receive communication on our safety and action plan before return to play begins.
⦁ CDC Education materials will be shared with all participants (coaches, players, and parents) on behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 to include but not limited to: hand hygiene, sanitizing equipment, properly covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when appropriate.

Steps to Reduce the Spread:
⦁ Wash your hands frequently
⦁ Have hand sanitizer available for all at times
⦁ No sharing of water, snacks or equipment
⦁ No shaking hands, high fives, fist bump, hugs, etc…
⦁ Social distancing =  six (6) feet apart
⦁ No player or coach can attend if they are feeling sick
⦁ Sick players or coaches must quarantine as required by CDC/PA Dept. of Health.  Can only return with a Doctor’s approval.  Must show notice to the club.
⦁ Disinfect all training equipment- cones, goals, flags etc.  Only coaches can touch or move equipment.
⦁ Coaches to wear a face mask as per CDC/PA Dept. of Health at all times.
⦁ Players to wear face mask when not involved in soccer activities or on the bench.  Player may wear mask during activity at parents or players discretion.
⦁ Scrimmage vests washed after every session.  Should consider it personal equipment, and provide each player with their own.
⦁ Each ball sanitized before/after every practice or game.
⦁ Only one coach may attend to an injured player.  Must wear mask and gloves.
⦁ Minimize contact with other teams before, during and after each session.

This is a general list. Please consult PA Department of Health and CDC hygiene and safety protocols which must be followed in all stages.

Phased reopening plan:
Stage 1 (2-3 weeks) (June 19 - July 10)
⦁ County has gone from Yellow to Green 
⦁ Training permitted within organization only
⦁ No body contact, social distance during training
⦁ No games, scrimmages or league participation permitted
⦁ Reduced numbers of participants 
⦁ No shared equipment
⦁ Spectators not permitted, parents can stay in vehicle
⦁ Adult coaches must wear masks when with participants

Stage 2 (2-3 weeks) (July 11 - July 31)
⦁ County remains Green 
⦁ Body contact is permitted
⦁ Scrimmages and friendly games with other clubs in same Green county permitted
⦁ No league participation permitted
⦁ Spectators permitted with social distance
⦁ Adult coaches suggested to wear masks with participants

Stage 3 (2-3 weeks) (August 1 - August 21)
⦁ County remains Green 
⦁ Scrimmages and friendly games with other clubs in all Green counties permitted
⦁ No league participation permitted

Stage 4 (2-3 weeks) (August 22 - Moving forward)
⦁ County continues positive progress in Green with most government restrictions lifted
⦁ League participation is permitted
⦁ Social distance of spectators recommended during league games

Identification of COVID exposure 
⦁ Parents of participants will notify the board of GPSYSA, if the participant or someone in the participant’s home is presumptive positive or tests positive for COVID immediately.
⦁ GPSYSA will notify participants who came in contact with the individual of potential exposure by following CDC guidelines and HIPAA regulations on confidentiality.

COVID Point of Contact 
For GPSYSA COVID related policy questions and concerns, the individual name below will serve as the point of contact.
Elizabeth Poor
[email protected]

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