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.
Updated Masking Guidance for Outdoor Sports & Exercise: Effective Friday, May 14, 2021, the Montgomery County Office of Public Health no longer recommends masking/face covering while individuals are participating in high exertion activities outdoors, i.e. playing 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 aligns with PA DOH Mask Order for School Entities if the sport/team/or activity is affiliated with a school or child care entity.
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
Quarantine Calculator (Source: State of South Dakota)
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.
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 should follow CDC’s guidance for quarantine after exposure. The following individuals do not need to quarantine after an exposure to COVID-19 if they remain asymptomatic:
- Age 18 or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters if eligible.
- Age 5-17 years old and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines
- Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days
REFERENCE: CDC has updated isolation and quarantine recommendations for the public on January 4, 2022. The most up-to-date guidance can be found here.
What guidelines should I follow for gatherings?
- Montgomery County recommends masking both indoors and outdoors during substantial and high transmission, regardless of vaccination status .
- 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?
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