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Posted on: November 24, 2020

SGCHD reminds athletes to play safely as winter sports and activities gear up

Play Safely

The Springfield-Greene County Health department has released guidance with tips to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 during athletic events and organized activities. 

The guidance at health.springfieldmo.gov/playsafely provides valuable information on how to safely engage in sports, especially as teams and organizations transition into the winter months and indoor play.  

The guidance provides a breakdown of specific actions that can mitigate the spread among varying audiences. These include individualized tips for sports and physical activities, facilities that host sporting events, and other organized activities. There are also additional resources such as an outline of risk associated with contact sports, a breakdown of common myths surrounding COVID-19 and sports, and a full toolkit for the community to access. 

Overall, athletes should continue to protect themselves by remembering the three w’s:  

  • watch your distance by staying six feet away from others when at all possible,
  • wear a mask when not actively playing in a game and when around other people, and
  • wash your hands often or make sure hand sanitizer is accessible.

Additionally, teams and organizations should clean and disinfect equipment and surfaces often. They may also choose to consider virtual, no contact, skill-building drills and practices to reduce risk for spread.  

The Health Department encourages organizers and athletes to reference health.springfieldmo.gov/playsafely as they make plans for games and events moving forward. 

Parents should note that the updated guidance provided to schools on modified quarantine does not apply to extracurricular activities such as youth sports. Should a student athlete be exposed to COVID-19, they will be quarantined from practice and the competition setting for a full 14 days. 

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Inquiries from the public can be made by contacting the Health Department’s call center at (417) 874-1211 or by email at coronavirus@springfieldmo.gov.

Please note that the contact number for media inquiries has changed. Media may now contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at kwall@springfieldmo.gov.

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