For sports and sporting events

These guidelines will assist individuals, teams, and sporting event spectators in continuing to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

General Requirements

  • Non-contact sporting events and activities may reopen with restrictions to the occupancy of the designated fixed seating spectator area, based on the applicable order.
  • Non-contact practices of contact sports may occur with restrictions to the number of individuals, based on the applicable order. Individuals must be coordinated in stable, separated groups.
    • “Stable” means that the same or fewer teammates/coaches/staff are in the same group each day and at each practice.
    • Group size or members should not change from one group to another and the coach or team staff should remain with the same group each day.
    • Non-Contact Practice examples:
      • One on One coaching
      • Running drills
      • Rebounding drills
  • Encourage spectators to properly use cloth face coverings. As of July 16th, masks are required in public places inside the Springfield city limits. Click here for masking ordinance FAQs

Sports Guidance

  • Consider shortening game times and modifying gameplay to minimize contact.
  • Consider adjusting playing formats and increasing the amount of time between games, to minimize overlap and traffic flow where needed.
  • Teams should leave the field immediately after games conclude.
  • Practice physical distancing of 6 feet in all areas
    • Utilize signage/barriers and floor/seat markers to instruct spectators to remain 6 feet apart.
    • Cloth face coverings for staff/coaches and spectators should be worn when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
    • Cloth face coverings for players should be worn when not in active play.
  • Post signage outside the entrances that states that any team member, coach/staff or spectator who has symptoms of COVID-19 should not enter.
  • Minimize player contact by eliminating actions such as handshakes, high fives, and team huddles.
  • Make hand sanitizer (70% alcohol) and disinfectant wipes available upon entering the facility and throughout the facility or open area.
  • Athletes, coaches/staff, and spectators should bring their own water or other drinks.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect registers, keypads, and client cards.
  • If food is offered at any event, have pre-packaged boxes, bags, condiments, and utensils for each attendee whenever possible.

Health Guidance

  • Screen Athletes and staff for symptoms upon arrival to practice/activity.
    • Encourage all to pre-screen prior to reporting to the practice/activity.
    • Design a protocol for reporting self-monitoring before beginning practice or start of the event.
    • Use no contact thermometers to check temperatures before practice.
    • Screen spectators when feasible.
  • Require Athletes and staff to stay home if they are sick or be sent home if they report to work with a fever.
  • Give any person who is sick a facemask and separate them from others until they can safely leave.
    • If needed, arrange transportation for people who need medical care. 
  • Establish a way to account for and record all employees and Athletes at each practice or activity. (e.g. sign-in sheet)
    • Record attendance for each stable group specifically
    • Encourage sign-in sheet for spectators
  • Individuals at high-risk should continue to remain at home and not interact with others except for vital activities.
  • Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Athletes and staff who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and follow CDC recommended precautions.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance

  • Clean and disinfect each piece of equipment after every use.
  • Consider closing for certain periods during the day for complete cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Provide disinfecting wipes for individuals to wipe down sporting equipment surfaces that are in direct contact with skin (or body) after each use. Surfaces include but are not limited to:
    • Balls, rope handles, bats and other sport accessories.
    • Benches and seats
  • When disposable wipes or other disinfecting products are not available, most common household disinfectants such as a 10% bleach solution, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol and most common EPA-registered products that states it kills viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on bottle.
    • Chlorine is corrosive to metal and at higher concentrations can present a skin hazard. Solutions greater than 200 ppm will require a clear water rinse.
  • Chlorine solutions should be prepared fresh each day.
    • Bleach solutions and other disinfectants should be applied using a spray bottle and disposable paper towels.
    • Treated surfaces must be allowed to air dry before next use.
  • Leave adequate time between each practice or event to allow for thorough cleaning and disinfection of all surfaces, equipment and spaces.
  • For concession stand guidance, please refer to Restaurant Guidance.

Physical Distancing Guidance

  • Spectator areas should be marked off to ensure 6 feet separation between individuals.
    • Consider marking off 6 feet for each seat with tape.
    • Block off every other row in bleachers to allow for social distancing.
    • Encourage spectators to bring own seats/chairs.
  • Space machines or other sport equipment for practice at least six feet apart.
    • Use every other piece of non-mobile equipment to accommodate six feet spacing.
    • Where necessary, additional barriers may be installed to avoid contact between Athletes.
  • Mark six feet spacing for spectators to wait in line.
  • Designate one-way traffic, where possible.
  • Stagger shifts and schedules for practices.  
  • Take breaks and meals/snacks outside or where proper physical distancing is attainable.
  • Close common areas (e.g. breakrooms, meeting rooms, etc.) where Athletes and spectators are likely to congregate and interact.
  • If bathrooms or locker rooms are in use, limit numbers of employees, staff, and Athletes using facilities at one time and to ensure handwashing.  

When a confirmed COVID-19 case has been on a team or in the facility

  • Notify and coordinate with local health officials to determine course of action, which may include contact tracing, short-term facility closure, activity cancellations or restricting access.
  • Communicate with staff, teams and spectators.  Coordinate with local health officials to communicate closure decisions, alterations to services, and the possible COVID-19 exposure.  
  • Maintain confidentiality of the person who is a confirmed COVID-19 case.
  • Maintain confidentiality of the person who is a confirmed COVID-19 case.
  • Sick team or staff member(s) may require short-term suspension of the team’s practices and participation in games.
  • Close off areas used by the sick person and do not use the area until after cleaning and disinfection. 
    • Wait 24 hours to clean and disinfect to reduce risk to the individuals cleaning.
    • Perform enhanced cleaning and disinfection after persons suspected/confirmed to have COVID-19 have been in the facility by following the CDC cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • Advise sick staff and Athletes not to return to the facility until they have met CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation.

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