In accordance with the guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the City of Boston and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), JP Youth Soccer has implemented the following COVD-19 safety guidelines for the fall 2022 season.
The CDC currently recommends mask-wearing based on risk of exposure and community COVID-19 level. As of September 2022, the COVID-19 risk level for Suffolk county is low. Therefore, in accordance with the CDC, JPYS recommends that athletes, coaches, referees, and spectators wear a mask according to personal preference and/or personal level of risk as well as COVID-19 exposure/positive test-result status (see below).
No sharing of snacks.
Masks and/or open windows are recommended for carpooling.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our soccer family and community, JPYS strongly recommends all who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
In addition, athletes, coaches, referees, and spectators are not permitted to attend soccer activities if they present with any of the following symptoms:
fever or chills
shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
muscle or body aches
new loss of taste or smell
congestion or runny nose
nausea or vomiting
In the case of any of these symptoms, JPYS recommends reaching out to your family doctor or healthcare giver for guidance and to consider getting a COVID-19 test. Please let your coach know the reason for in attendance. In the case of a positive COVID-19 result or exposure, please inform your coach and the JPYS Health and Safety committee at email@example.com so that we may inform possible contacts and the BPHC (no athlete's personal information will be shared publicly). JPYS will then work with the BPHC to determine when it is safe for your athlete to return to practice according the most up-to-date public health and safety recommendations.
What to do in the case of a COVID-19 exposure
If a JPYS athlete, coach, referee, or spectator has a known exposure to COVID-19 and is unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, the CDC and BPHC recommend quarantining for 5 days and testing on day 5 after exposure. Please inform your coach and/or firstname.lastname@example.org and refrain from attending practice or games until a negative test result without symptoms is obtained on day 5 or later. Please do not attend soccer practice or games after an exposure if you are sick but do not yet have a positive test result. Please continue to monitor for symptoms until day 10 after exposure and refrain from attending practice or games upon the development of any symptoms.
If a JPYS athlete, coach, referee, or spectator has a known exposure to COVID-19 and is fully vaccinated, the CDC and BPHC do not recommend quarantine unless symptoms develop; there is no restriction to attending games or practice. Be sure to monitor for symptoms for 10 days after exposure, to test and quarantine immediately upon the development of symptoms, and to inform email@example.com about the development of symptoms and any test results.
When can you come back to practice after a positive COVID-19 test?
Regardless of vaccination status or symptoms, any athlete, coach, referee, or spectator with a positive COVID-19 test result should refrain from attending practice or games for at least 5 days. A return to practice/games is permitted after 5 full days from a positive test result or onset of symptoms if the individual is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved (not counting loss of taste and sense of smell). Individuals returning to practice/games after the 5-day isolation period after a positive COVID-19 test result should wear a well-fitting mask at practice/games for 5 additional days (days 6 through 10 after positive test result or symptom onset). If you had no symptoms, you may attend practice on day 6 with no mask.
All other relevant CDC guidelines should be followed when attending soccer activities. These guidelines are up to date with the latest city, state, and national guidelines as of 10 September 2022. Please note JPYS is closely following all recommendations and requirements at the city, state, and national levels and that these guidelines may be revised in accordance with the latest recommendations and requirements at any time.