After School Activities

  • Stay home if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Consider not participating in in-person activities if your child or others in your home have an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Avoid indoor activities and events when physical distancing is not possible. 
  • Outdoor gatherings should be limited, and six feet should be maintained between people participants/families. 
  • Limit travel outside of your area.
    • Consider competing against teams in your local area (neighborhood, town, or community).
  • Organizations should require face masks be worn by all participants, group leaders and spectators, even when outdoors. The current ordinance in Springfield requires masking for anyone twelve and older, but it is highly recommended for children ages 3-11. Masks are NOT recommended for children two and under. 
  • In group activities where physical distancing is not possible, groups/teams should be kept small and participants should remain in stable groups to reduce the spread of any potential exposures. 
    • In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.
  • Organizations should screen all participants for fever and other COVID-19 symptoms. Any individual with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, or any COVID-19 symptoms should be sent home and they should seek testing. 
  • Record attendance at each activity of participants and spectators, if possible. Please include their name and contact number in case they need to be reached in the event of an exposure.
  • For activities and clubs that don’t require in-person interaction, consider meeting virtually.
  • Wash hands often, or using hand sanitizer if soap and water not available.


For sports and physical activities

  • Practice physical distancing of six feet in all areas 
  • This includes among players when they are not actively engaged in play
  • Face coverings must be worn by all spectators, according to current city ordinance
  • Face coverings should be worn by staff/coaches and players when not in active play
  • Consider shortening game times and modifying gameplay to minimize contact.
  • Water and other drinks should not be shared.
  • Minimize the sharing of equipment.
  • If physical distancing is not possible (i.e. contact sports) then all players will be considered close contacts if a player tests positive for COVID-19 and will have to quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts is defined as closer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes (cumulatively) OR any physical contact for any length of time.
    • The CDC recommends non-contact skill-building drills and conditioning to allow for social distancing, and to limit participation to within-team competition only or team-based practices only if an organization is unable to maintain social distancing.
Photo shows the legs of a young boy in shorts and tennis shoes, kicking a soccer ball

Risk of COVID-19 spread can be different, depending on the type of activity.

  • Lowest Risk: Performing skill-building drills or conditioning at home, alone or with members of the same household
  • Increasing Risk: Team-based practice
  • More Risk: Within-team competition
  • Higher Risk: Full competition between teams from the same local geographic area (e.g., city or county)
  • Highest Risk: Full competition between teams from different geographic areas (e.g., outside county or state)