Rec League and Sports Guidance
Rec League and Sports Guidance
Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) offers policy and procedure guidance, assistance with COVID-19 Mitigation Planning, and consultation to Recreational and School Sports Leagues of any age as well as to Recreational Activity Facilities across Montgomery County. There is an increased risk of COVID-19 spread while playing sports this page should be used to support leagues, families, and residents of Montgomery County.
What do you need to do to keep your players, coaches, and families healthy?
- Keep attendance logs at drills, training, scrimmage, and games.
- Follow Montgomery County’s Mask recommendation for the Community.
Effective Friday, May 14, 2021, the Montgomery County Office of Public Health is recommending masking/face covering while individuals are participating in high-exertion outdoor activities such as sports or exercising. In accordance with CDC and PADOH guidelines, masking guidance remains unchanged when individuals cannot maintain a sustained physical distance of at least 6 feet from persons outside of their household, when on the sidelines, when outdoors with a mixture of vaccinated and unvaccinated people, and when attending crowded outdoor activities. Indoor masking guidance remains unchanged.
Masking provides maximal protection to the individual and those in proximity to them. Nothing about this updated guidance should be construed as prohibiting the practice if desired by the individual.
3. Practice social distancing as much as possible.
5. Cooperate with MCOPH to conduct contact tracing.
MontcoCOVID19Recreation@montcopa.org - Email and report form are monitored/reviewed by Disease Intervention Specialists in the Division of Communicable Disease who are trained in response to COVID-19. Case investigation, contact tracing support, and guidance is available.
Montgomery County Public Health Code - Ch. 3, Sec. 20 and 22
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I do if someone on my team tests positive for COVID-19?
- Ensure everyone is educated about COVID-19 symptoms and understands when they should stay home.
- Designate a COVID-19 Point of Contact and ensure everyone knows who this person is and how to contact the individual.
- Ensure the community, league, or team develops a plan of action if an athlete, coach, or official falls ill, make the plan publicly available, and explain it to the entire sports community. Contact and work with the Office of Public Health for reporting positive cases and contact tracing.
What does OPH need from me when I have a COVID -19 positive person?
OPH is covered by HIPPA and needs the name, date of birth, address, and phone number for the positive person(s) as well as all that same information for close contacts. OPH also needs an email address for close contacts. Only the OPH can legally issue quarantine directives.
What is contact tracing?
Contact tracing is the process of identifying, notifying, and monitoring anyone who came in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 while they were infectious.
Contact tracing involves reaching out to people exposed to a case of COVID-19 and asking them to stay away from other people until 10 days have passed. By staying home for 10 days, or a 7-day quarantine with a negative test on or after day 5 of quarantine, quarantined close contacts are not able to spread the virus to others if they go on to have the disease.
Contact tracing is a critical part and key strategy to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Who is a close contact?
Close contacts are people who have been within six feet of a person with a confirmed COVID-19 infection for at least 15 minutes. A close contact may be considered under 15 minutes of exposure for high-risk activities or where Covid-19 mitigation protocols were not followed.
Close contacts will need to quarantine for 10 days after their last exposure to an infected person or a seven-day quarantine with a negative test on or after Day 5 of quarantine.
What guidelines should I follow for gatherings?
- Unvaccinated people should wear a mask indoors and wear a mask outdoors, if in a large crowd (Excludes people who fall under section 3 of the mask order). Ensure proper mask-wearing, the nose and mouth must be covered.
- Unvaccinated people should continue to socially distance (six feet or more) from those they do not live with, avoid crowds, and do not congregate. Maintain social distancing while on the sidelines, dugout, bench, etc.
- Wash your hands frequently. Provide hand washing breaks and have hand sanitizer available.
- Avoid carpools when possible, try to stay with only members of your household.
- Provide signs and broadcast messages promoting all the protective measures to be taken.
- Do not share equipment and gear, clean and disinfect frequently.
- Increase the cleaning and disinfection of all frequently touched surfaces.
- Visit Responding to COVID-19 in PA for more specific guidance applicable to you or your business or organization.
SHOULD I WEAR A FACE MASK?
The county’s recommendations for masking in school settings follow the masking order from the PA Secretary of Health.
Per Section 3:
An individual would not have to wear a mask if all criteria are met: Participating in high intensity aerobic or anaerobic activities, including during a physical education class in a well-ventilated location and able to maintain a physical distance of six feet from all other individuals.
If all criteria are not met to meet the mask exception and allow removal we would encourage providing "mask breaks" for students during outdoor play, recess, or physical education activities.
Which activities carry more risk for exposure to COVID-19?
- High-intensity activities
- Longer activities
- Indoor activities
- No social distancing
- Competition with teams from multiple geographic areas