a. Six (6) feet physical distancing is required at all times between individuals not from the same household or living unit except when individuals are actively participating in the sport.
b. All individuals (such as, athletes, coaching staff, referees, and spectators) that are not actively participating in the sport must maintain six (6) feet physical distancing at all times.
c. All sports that can maintain physical distancing at all times must follow Section 2 of this Order. All sports that cannot maintain physical distancing at all times are limited to 25 individuals indoors, not including employees.
d. All sports are subject to the following requirements:
i. Develop and implement a hygiene policy that includes:
1. Ensuring individuals who have a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to participate.
2. Establishing hand-washing expectations and ensuring supplies are available to individuals.
3. Describing proper cough and sneeze etiquette.
ii. Develop and implement a written cleaning policy and procedure that includes:
1. Guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces multiple times a day.
2. Guidelines for cleaning common areas and equipment between use.
3. Protocols for cleaning and disinfecting in the event of a positive COVID-19 case on site.
iii. Develop and implement a written protective measure policy and procedure that address the requirements in Section 4.a and 4.b.
iv. Implement PHMDC’s action plan for COVID-19 case(s) at sporting events. Available at: https://publichealthmdc.com/documents/sports_action_plan.pdf.
v. Document organizing entity receipt, acknowledgement, or training on the policies in Sections 4.d.i-iii of this Order. Organizing entity must ensure that all individuals participating in sports are aware of Sections 4.d.i-iii of this Order.
(PHMDC Emergency Order #14, issued 3/2/2021: Sect. 4, Page 5)
PHMDC Emergency Order #13 also places further requirements for face coverings:
1. Face Coverings. Face covering means a piece of cloth or other material that is worn to cover the nose and mouth completely. A face covering must be secured to the head with ties, ear loops, or elastic bands that go behind the head and must fit snuggly but comfortably against the side of the face. Cloth face coverings must be made with two or more layers of breathable fabric that is tightly woven (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source). A face covering does not include bandanas, single layer neck gaiters, face shields, goggles, scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, shirt or sweater collars pulled up over the mouth and nose, or masks with slits, exhalation valves, or punctures.
a. Face Covering Required. Every individual, age five (5) and older, shall wear a face covering when:
i. In any enclosed building where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit are present.
ii. In line to enter any enclosed building.
iii. Driving or riding in any vehicle where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit are present.
iv. Outdoors at a restaurant or tavern.
v. Outdoors while actively participating in sports, including drills, practices, scrimmages, games, and competitions.
vi. Outdoors while attending a Gathering of more than fifty (50) individuals.
b. Exceptions. Individuals who are otherwise required to wear a face covering may remove the face covering in the following situations:
i. While eating or drinking.
ii. When communicating with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing and communication cannot be achieved through other means.
iii. While obtaining a service that requires the temporary removal of the face covering, such as dental services.
iv. While sleeping.
v. While swimming or on duty as a lifeguard.
vi. When engaging in work where wearing a face covering would create a risk to the individual, as determined by government safety guidelines.
vii. When necessary to confirm the individual’s identity, including when entering a financial institution.
viii. When federal or state law or regulations prohibit wearing a face covering.
ix. Outdoors while actively participating in sports that are played individually or played with six (6) feet physical distancing at all times.
c. The following individuals are exempt from the face covering requirement in Section 1.a. of this Order:
i. Children under the age of 5.
ii. Individuals who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
iii. Individuals with medical conditions, intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, or other sensory sensitivities that prevent the individual from wearing a face covering.
(PHMDC Emergency Order #14, issued 3/2/2021: Sect. 1, Pages 2-3)
Tournaments: WYSA has sanctioned tournaments for 2021. You can find a list of WYSA sanctioned tournaments here. Note that tournaments will be subject to existing superseding state and local requirements that may exist at that time.
MAYSA League: MAYSA Spring 2021 League season is on the way. MAYSA is currently working with clubs to align leagues, prepare schedules and run leagues safely.
Thank you to all players, parents, officials and club leaders for your ongoing patience and engagement during this challenging time.