What are the updated quarantine guidelines as directed by the CDC and PA Department of Health?
Someone exposed to COVID-19 can opt for a 10-day quarantine without testing or a seven-day quarantine with a negative test on or after day-five of quarantine. The CDC recommends that people who have been exposed should continue to monitor their symptoms for the full 14-days after their last exposure. Please note, the most protective recommended quarantine period remains at 14 days post exposure.
PA Department of Health Full Recommendation for Quarantine Guidelines (updated 12/4/20)
If a family or coach travels outside of Pennsylvania for vacation or business are they recommended to quarantine upon their return?
Eliminate out-of-state travel restrictions. In November, the Department of Health provided an updated travel order requiring anyone over the age of 11 who visits from another state to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in a travel quarantine for 14 days upon entering Pennsylvania. This order was rescinded. The state is no longer requiring that people who are traveling to Pennsylvania from another state, as well as Pennsylvania residents who are returning home from out of state, to test negative for the virus within 72 hours prior to arrival or quarantine.
If someone who lives in a different state enters Pennsylvania, what are the guidelines for that specific situation?
The state is no longer requiring that people who are traveling to Pennsylvania from another state, as well as Pennsylvania residents who are returning home from out of state, to test negative for the virus within 72 hours prior to arrival or quarantine.
If a member of our club has been diagnosed with COVID-19, what should they do?
First, as it applies to the community in general, there are medical protocols that they will be informed of by their doctor and/or the Department of Health. Second, as it pertains to the soccer community, they must inform their club. The club must protect their confidentiality, but must inform others within the club that could have been in contact with that person. Those individuals should then quarantine at home.
Does each club have to have a COVID-19 action plan?
Yes. It is required by the Commonwealth and reinforced in our Restart documents. Your plan should be shared, if not reviewed by, your local government.
COVID-19 Sports Guidance (pa.gov)
Is indoor soccer permissible?
Revised maximum occupancy limits for indoor events to allow for 15% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Core public health measures such as face covering (mask-wearing), social distancing, and hand hygiene still must be enforced. The 15% of maximum occupancy is permitted only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement.
Given the restrictions on indoor gatherings, we will not be sanctioning any indoor tournaments until further notice. This applies to indoor soccer and futsal. The very nature of a tournament and the number of people gathering in a facility and waiting between games is far from ideal or safe conditions. To be clear, this applies to tournaments only.
Teams and clubs may still train indoors, but they must comply with Department of Health standards and orders, as well as the facility’s restrictions. Be aware that it is likely that the number of available facilities will be low. School districts and other public facilities and rec centers remain closed to the public or will not rent to outside organizations.
Are spectators permitted at practices, games or tournaments?
As stated in prior memos, spectators are non-essential at training and should not attend. Parents/guardians should wait in their cars during practices. In the case of our youngest players or TOPSoccer players, a parent may be necessary to be in proximity of the field.
You should consult our local government- school district, municipality, or township etc.- to determine your policy. You may be more restrictive than the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s guideline if you feel it is appropriate. Click here for the Recommended Occupancy limits by the PA Department of Health.
Are we required to take temperatures of players and coaches?
Essentially, yes. According to the Commonwealth’s guidance, you do need to screen everyone and that no one that has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher should be at an event. They should stay home, or be sent home. Self-reporting and honesty is crucial in the absence of taking temperatures.
Am I required to wear a mask while coaching?
Am I required to wear a mask as a spectator?
What is the current masking requirements per the PA Department of Health?
The only time when players or referees do not have to wear a mask during participation is if they meet an exception in the Face Covering Order. Section 3 of the Order provides an exception that allows an individual to remove their mask if wearing a face covering would either cause a medical condition, or exacerbate an existing one, including respiratory issues that impede breathing, a mental health condition or a disability.
What does this mean for me?
Masks must be worn by coaches, spectators, referees, and players. The only scenario a mask can be removed by a player or referee is if the individual meets the exception to the Face Mask Order. Section 3 of the Order provides an exception that allows an individual to remove their mask if wearing a face covering would either cause a medical condition, or exacerbate an existing one, including respiratory issues that impede breathing, a mental health condition or a disability. All alternatives should be exhausted before an individual is exempted. Proof of a condition or disability is not required. The Department of Health asks that everyone makes best efforts to wear face coverings during athletic activities.
To read more, visit PA Department of Health, Masking Requirements and Section 3 of the Masking Requirements
Am I required to wear a mask when not playing?
Am I required to wear a mask while refereeing?
Yes, unless they meet an exception in the Face Covering Order. Section 3 of the Order provides an exception that allows an individual to remove their mask if wearing a face covering would either cause a medical condition, or exacerbate an existing one, including respiratory issues that impede breathing, a mental health condition or a disability.
Am I required to social distance while coaching?
Am I required to social distance while spectating?
Am I required to social distance while playing?
Am I required to social distance when not playing?
Am I required to social distance while refereeing?
Am I required to social distance when not refereeing?
Will Coaching Education Courses be available?
Yes. Grassroots courses are available and can be scheduled now. They will be in person and all protocols established in our Restart documents will be in effect for your safety. For more information, please go to EPYSA.org under the Coaching Education tab.
Will Referee Courses be available?
Yes. Courses will be available and can be scheduled now. They start on-line and have one in person class. All protocols established in our Restart documents will be in effect for your safety. Courses are run by the Eastern Pennsylvania State Referee Committee (EPSARC). For more information, please go to EPSARC.org
Does the PIAA and their decisions have any effect on our soccer season?
No. We are distinctly separate organizations with different authority and oversight. The PIAA governs scholastic sports only and does not have any impact on the governance US Soccer, US Youth Soccer or Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer.
Will school opening/closure plans have an effect on our soccer season?
Possibly. We have heard no indications so far that if the school building is closed due to remote learning choices, that the athletic fields will be closed. However, each school district reserves that right.
Is it possible suspension of soccer activities could occur at any point?
Yes. The conditions in which we currently live are changing daily and weekly. As we have since the start of the pandemic, we will follow the direction of the Governor and the Department of Health.