For sports and sporting events

These guidelines will assist individuals, teams, and sporting event spectators in continuing to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

General Requirements

  • Non-contact sporting events and activities may reopen with restrictions to the occupancy of the designated fixed seating spectator area, based on the applicable order.
  • Non-contact practices of contact sports may occur with restrictions to the number of individuals, based on the applicable order. Individuals must be coordinated in stable, separated groups.
    • “Stable” means that the same or fewer teammates/coaches/staff are in the same group each day and at each practice.
    • Group size or members should not change from one group to another and the coach or team staff should remain with the same group each day.
    • Non-Contact Practice examples:
      • One on One coaching
      • Running drills
      • Rebounding drills

Sports Guidance

  • Consider shortening game times and modifying gameplay to minimize contact.
  • Consider adjusting playing formats and increasing the amount of time between games, to minimize overlap and traffic flow where needed.
  • Teams should leave the field immediately after games conclude.
  • Practice physical distancing of 6 feet in all areas
    • Utilize signage/barriers and floor/seat markers to instruct spectators to remain 6 feet apart.
    • Cloth face coverings for staff/coaches and spectators should be worn when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
    • Cloth face coverings for players should be worn when not in active play.
  • Post signage outside the entrances that states that any team member, coach/staff or spectator who has symptoms of COVID-19 should not enter.
  • Minimize player contact by eliminating actions such as handshakes, high fives, and team huddles.
  • Make hand sanitizer (70% alcohol) and disinfectant wipes available upon entering the facility and throughout the facility or open area.
  • Athletes, coaches/staff, and spectators should bring their own water or other drinks.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect registers, keypads, and client cards.
  • If food is offered at any event, have pre-packaged boxes, bags, condiments, and utensils for each attendee whenever possible.

Health Guidance

  • Screen Athletes and staff for symptoms upon arrival to practice/activity.
    • Encourage all to pre-screen prior to reporting to the practice/activity.
    • Design a protocol for reporting self-monitoring before beginning practice or start of the event.
    • Use no contact thermometers to check temperatures before practice.
    • Screen spectators when feasible.
  • Require Athletes and staff to stay home if they are sick or be sent home if they report to work with a fever.
  • Give any person who is sick a facemask and separate them from others until they can safely leave.
    • If needed, arrange transportation for people who need medical care. 
  • Establish a way to account for and record all employees and Athletes at each practice or activity. (e.g. sign-in sheet)
    • Record attendance for each stable group specifically
    • Encourage sign-in sheet for spectators
  • Individuals at high-risk should continue to remain at home and not interact with others except for vital activities.
  • Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Athletes and staff who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and follow CDC recommended precautions.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance

  • Clean and disinfect each piece of equipment after every use.
  • Consider closing for certain periods during the day for complete cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Provide disinfecting wipes for individuals to wipe down sporting equipment surfaces that are in direct contact with skin (or body) after each use. Surfaces include but are not limited to:
    • Balls, rope handles, bats and other sport accessories.
    • Benches and seats
  • When disposable wipes or other disinfecting products are not available, most common household disinfectants such as a 10% bleach solution, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol and most common EPA-registered products that states it kills viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on bottle.
    • Chlorine is corrosive to metal and at higher concentrations can present a skin hazard. Solutions greater than 200 ppm will require a clear water rinse.
  • Chlorine solutions should be prepared fresh each day.
    • Bleach solutions and other disinfectants should be applied using a spray bottle and disposable paper towels.
    • Treated surfaces must be allowed to air dry before next use.
  • Leave adequate time between each practice or event to allow for thorough cleaning and disinfection of all surfaces, equipment and spaces.
  • For concession stand guidance, please refer to Restaurant Guidance.

Physical Distancing Guidance

  • Spectator areas should be marked off to ensure 6 feet separation between individuals.
    • Consider marking off 6 feet for each seat with tape.
    • Block off every other row in bleachers to allow for social distancing.
    • Encourage spectators to bring own seats/chairs.
  • Space machines or other sport equipment for practice at least six feet apart.
    • Use every other piece of non-mobile equipment to accommodate six feet spacing.
    • Where necessary, additional barriers may be installed to avoid contact between Athletes.
  • Mark six feet spacing for spectators to wait in line.
  • Designate one-way traffic, where possible.
  • Stagger shifts and schedules for practices.  
  • Take breaks and meals/snacks outside or where proper physical distancing is attainable.
  • Close common areas (e.g. breakrooms, meeting rooms, etc.) where Athletes and spectators are likely to congregate and interact.
  • If bathrooms or locker rooms are in use, limit numbers of employees, staff, and Athletes using facilities at one time and to ensure handwashing.  

When a confirmed COVID-19 case has been on a team or in the facility

  • Notify and coordinate with local health officials to determine course of action, which may include contact tracing, short-term facility closure, activity cancellations or restricting access.
  • Communicate with staff, teams and spectators.  Coordinate with local health officials to communicate closure decisions, alterations to services, and the possible COVID-19 exposure.  
  • Maintain confidentiality of the person who is a confirmed COVID-19 case.
  • Maintain confidentiality of the person who is a confirmed COVID-19 case.
  • Sick team or staff member(s) may require short-term suspension of the team’s practices and participation in games.
  • Close off areas used by the sick person and do not use the area until after cleaning and disinfection. 
    • Wait 24 hours to clean and disinfect to reduce risk to the individuals cleaning.
    • Perform enhanced cleaning and disinfection after persons suspected/confirmed to have COVID-19 have been in the facility by following the CDC cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • Advise sick staff and Athletes not to return to the facility until they have met CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation.

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