BRYC Recreational Soccer COVID Protocols – Fall 2021

[updated 8/31/2021]

General COVID Guidelines

  • If you are sick and showing symptoms of COVID-19 both parent and child should not participate in BRYC Rec Soccer activities (practices and games).
  • If you have a positive COVID test, it is important to notify your coach IMMEDIATELY so that BRYC Rec Soccer can report the case quickly and begin contact tracing procedures with the Fairfax County Health Department.
  • Coaches may not ask players of their vaccination status. Coaches should assume that someone on their team is not vaccinated, or is high risk. Therefore, coaches are required to wear masks AT ALL TIMES during practices and games.
  • Coaches MAY NOT pull down their mask to give instructions.
  • Teams:
    • Should ONLY engage in on-field practice and games. BRYC Rec Soccer does not support off-field activities, such as team get-togethers.
    • May have snacks IF:
    • they are pre-packaged, grab-and-go snacks.
    • the player keeps the snack closed until they are in their own car.
  • Players should:
    • Wear masks when not actively playing.
    • Use their own ball.
    • Sanitize their own equipment.
    • Carry hand sanitizer in their soccer bag and use it frequently.
    • Wash hands before and after every practice.

COVID Safety Overview

BRYC Rec Soccer safety guidelines were created following guidance from the CDC, the Virginia Department of Health, and the Fairfax County Health Department. Our safety guidelines help ensure participants, families, staff, and our community remain safe.

Note that these guidelines are subject to change and will be updated based on new recommendations as they are released by national and local health officials. Families should check this site frequently for updates.

Our goal is to allow players to participate in our recreational soccer program in a safe manner, with protocols that help protect our communities and our player’s health.


Vaccinated Individuals, Mask Usage, and Physical Distancing Policy

  1. Indoor settings:  Based on updated guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Fairfax County Health Department recommends that everyone, including individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19, wear a mask in public indoor settings.
  2. Fully vaccinated spectators:  You are encouraged to wear a mask and socially distance if in crowded environments. Masking is always a great layer of protection for yourself and for others, even if you are fully vaccinated.
  3. All participants (regardless of vaccination status) and unvaccinated spectators:  Masks are not required while actively playing. Masks are required at all other times (example:  walking to and from the field, waiting as a substitute, team meetings, etc.)

Here are some resources that may be helpful regarding mask usage: 


Quarantine Period

14 Day vs 10 Day Quarantine: BRYC Rec Soccer follows current Fairfax County Health Department
guidelines and best practices in regards to quarantine period for COVID exposure.
Originally, the CDC and other entities recommended a 14-day quarantine period for individuals
exposed to COVID-19. Some organizations have since moved to a 10-day quarantine period while
others have kept 14 days. BRYC Rec Soccer has a 14-day quarantine period.
CDC made reduced quarantine recommendations for essential workers/critical infrastructure
workplaces that needed to remain open through the pandemic. The 10-day quarantine
recommendation was made to balance the risk of spreading COVID-19 with the need to stay in
business and alleviate financial troubles. As the incubation period for COVID-19 is still 2-14 days,
BRYC Rec Soccer adopted a full 14-day quarantine as best practice, given that indoor/outdoor
sports can be a higher-risk environment for transmission, and because it’s a recreational activity
as opposed to a critical infrastructure need.

Fairfax County Health Department – When to Isolate and When to Quarantine
Virginia Department of Health – When it is Safe to be Around Others: Ending Isolation in Non-
Healthcare Settings


COVID-19 Exposure

Players and parents should NOT participate in BRYC Rec Soccer practices and games, and should notify the coach IMMEDIATELY if:

  • your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or has received a positive test result.
  • someone in your family is experiencing symptoms or received a positive test result within the past 14 days.

Please complete the form below immediately to report any COVID-19 exposure or risk of exposure so that BRYC Rec Soccer can help evaluate risk to others and keep our community healthy and safe.

The Exposure Form and contact tracing procedures have helped BRYC Rec Soccer keep participants healthy. We appreciate families submitting the form in the interest of everyone’s health and safety.

Individuals who have been vaccinated (and are two weeks past their final shot) do not need to quarantine if they come in contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. 

Vaccinated individuals should monitor their health for symptoms. If any symptoms arise, then that vaccinated individual experiencing symptoms should report risk via the BRYC Rec Soccer Exposure Response form and begin taking necessary medical guidance next steps.


COVID-19 Exposure Response Form

This form is intended for coaches, staff, parents, and volunteers to report any COVID-19 exposure or risk of exposure to prevent spread of the virus during BRYC Rec Soccer hosted activities.

  • STEP 1 -- If a staff member, coach, or participant has answered "yes" to any of the below screening questions, then they should stay home for minimum of 14 days. After the 14 day period, they should confirm a "yes" response no longer applies to the below questions before phasing back into BRYC Rec Soccer hosted activities.
  • STEP 2 -- Report COVID-19 exposure using this form. If a staff member or coach becomes aware of any staff member, coach, or participant that has answered "yes" to any of the questions, they should collaborate with that person/family to complete this COVID-19 Exposure Response Form to ensure proper steps have been taken to eliminate risk for future spread.
  • STEP 3 – The BRYC Rec Soccer Health and Safety Director will file a report with the Fairfax County Health Department and pause team activities until an investigation has been completed.
  • STEP 4 -- The BRYC Rec Soccer Health and Safety Director will communicate with all individuals who may have been exposed and provide any and all recommendation of the Fairfax County Health Department.

If you have any questions about BRYC Rec Soccer COVID-19 protocols or this COVID-19 Exposure Response Form, please contact the BRYC Rec Soccer Health and Safety Director, Camilla Hughart Roberts, at BRYCrecsoccerCOVID@gmail.com

Thank you for your supporting the safety of the families in our community!

 


COVID Screening Questions  

If you answer “yes” to any of the below questions, please have staff member, coach or participant stay home.

  1. Have you received a positive test result for COVID-19 or are waiting for test results?
  2. Have you experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days (to include fever, cough, sore throat, respiratory illness, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell)?
  3. Have you had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
  4. Have you had close contact with or cared for someone who has experienced symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days but has not been tested?
  5. Have you or anyone in your family been asked to isolate or self-quarantine by a medical health professional or local health department official?

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