Rec League, Sports, and Camp Guidance
Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) offers health and safety recommendations for summer camps as they develop policies and procedures to protect campers and staff from COVID-19, as well as support in responding to cases of COVID-19 in a camp setting. For questions regarding COVID-19 and camps, or to report a positive case of COVID-19 at your camp, please contact MontcoCOVIDRecreation@montcopa.org.
Effective June 21, 2021, masking for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals at summer camps and summer schools will be optional, unless required by a business or organization.
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.
- Adhere to the required mask order at your facilities.
- Practice social distancing as much as possible.
Effective Friday, May 14, 2021, the Montgomery County Office of Public Health is not requiring 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.
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.
Can I open the snack stand?
Yes, snack stands can open and should follow PA Guidance for the Restaurant Industry and CDC Considerations for Restaurants. Businesses and employees in the restaurant and retail foodservice industry authorized to conduct in-person activities are prohibited from doing the following as per the state guidance:
- Placing condiments on tables for use by multiple parties. Condiments should instead be dispensed by employees upon the request of a customer or provide single service packets.
- Refilling food and beverage containers or implements brought in by customers, unless the container or implement can be refilled without contact with the tap or dispenser, containers are sanitized before use, or the tap or dispenser is sanitized before and after each use.
It’s important to remember that unvaccinated people should wear a mask, social distance, practice good hand hygiene, make sure individuals know when to stay home if they are not feeling well, clean and disinfect surfaces frequently including seating if applicable, post signs, etc. The concession stand is takeout food but if seating (picnic tables, etc.) is available ensure people social distance and clean the surfaces frequently.
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?
Effective June 9, 2021, The Montgomery County Office of Public Health has issued specific guidance in regards to fully vaccinated individuals. Masks are required unless the individual falls into one of the following categories:
- Participating in high exertion outdoor activities (i.e. sports and exercise)
- Sustained 6 foot distancing can be maintained, or,
- Has been fully vaccinated.
Those who are fully vaccinated can resume activities without a mask, except where required by businesses or facilities.
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