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COVID-19 Protocols and Guidelines

 

Returning Safely to the Fields Together

The health and safety of our Club Staff, Coaches, Players, and families is our first priority. We continue to closely monitor the situation around COVID-19 and update our protocols based on the recommendations and guidelines of COVID-19 from the CDC, World Health Organization, Federal, State and Local governments, Georgia Soccer, U.S. Youth Soccer and U.S. Soccer.

The protocols and guidance from the above organizations are dynamic and changing, and as they change, we will update the following information. Please see below a table of contents and overview of this article.

  1. Phases of Return to Play

  2. Practice, Game and Tournament Protocols

  3. Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting Campus Facilities

  4. Confirmed COVID-19 Case, Contact Tracing/Exposure to COVID-19
    1. Scenario 1: Player tests positive for COVID-19
    2. Scenario 2: Staff Member/Coach tests positive for COVID-19
    3. Scenario 3: Player has contact/exposure with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
    4. Scenario 4a: Player develops ANY Covid-19 symptoms with NO KNOWN COVID-19 EXPOSURE
    5. Scenario 4b: Player presents ANY Covid-19 symptoms during practice with NO KNOWN COVID-19 EXPOSURE



1. Phases of Return to Play

U.S. Soccer's Return-to-Play guidelines and best practices are intended for use WHEN AND IF local authorities have deemed it safe to return to the practice field. U.S. Soccer's Return to Play does not endorse or recommend direction that is in violation of any federal, state or local mandates.

Inter Atlanta FC is currently operating under a combination of Phase III and Phase IV as we are both in full play and continuing with mitigation strategies. We continue to monitor the pandemic and its potential impact on our community. We will continue to closely monitor our need to move forward or backward to any Phase that we feel is safest for Club Staff, Coaches, Players, Parents and Families.

The four Phases of operations from US Soccer account for uncertainties related to the amount, duration, and timing of the spread of COVID-19. Our goal is to continue to provide as much on-field engagement for players as possible, while ensuring their health and safety.








2. Practice, Game and Tournament Protocols

  • Coaches - All professional staff coaches for Academy and Select, all Recreational volunteer coaches, and IAFC staff who are fully vaccinated (i.e., two weeks following final dose of respective vaccine) are not required to wear masks while on IAFC fields or at IAFC sanctioned events. Any coaches and staff who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear a mask and anyone else that would like to wear a mask has the option to do so.

  • Players - Masks are not required for players during play. However, if a player feels more comfortable wearing a mask, they are encouraged to do so. If your child is sick, please do not bring them to practice, please stay home.

  • Parents (siblings and guest) - who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while at IAFC outdoor facilities, however they must remain off the field of play during practice. Mask are required when indoors at any IAFC facility. Those who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear a mask if they remain on campus as a spectator during practice. If you are not fully vaccinated you are encouraged to wear a mask while at IAFC indoor facilities/fields.

  • Referees - Masks are not required for referees during play. However, if a referee feels more comfortable wearing a mask, they are encouraged to do so. Fully vaccinated referees are not required to wear a mask at IAFC fields while off the field. If a referee is not fully vaccinated, they are encouraged to wear a mask while off the field.

  • What if you don’t feel well – If you do not feel well or have any symptoms of COVID-19 or someone in your family has COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home and self-monitor for symptoms and consult a health professional as needed. See our Return to Play protocols below.

  • Away Games/Tournaments – The above protocols and guidance are for all IAFC facilities. Coaches, players, parents should follow the protocols/guidance of the opposing club and/or facility when playing away. 



3. Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting Campus Facilities


Based on the recommended guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health, we are committed to providing a clean and sanitary environment for our players, parents, staff, and visitors. Following the most recent guidance, masks will be required at all indoor IAFC facilities regardless of vaccination status.

  • Clubhouse - The Clubhouse at Arizona Avenue will remain open only to Inter Atlanta FC Full-Time staff and Coaches or those that have a prior appointment. All players, parents, and referees will be only allowed upstairs with prior approval or for set meetings. Masks must be worn when inside the clubhouse common areas.

  • Concession Stand - The Upper90 Cantina (concession stand) will be open.

  • Bathrooms - Restrooms at Arizona fields and Port-a-Johns will be open, and we will ensure cleanliness and safety.

  • Pavilion - The Pavilion at Arizona Ave Fields is open.

  • Equipment Room and Equipment Exchange - The Equipment Room and exchange is open. We will continue to have the drop-off containers outside of the east storage closet of the clubhouse. If you have any questions about it, please contact Brian Stoddart by clicking here.




4.
Confirmed COVID-19 Case, Contact Tracing/Exposure to COVID-19


For the scenarios below, Confirmed COVID-19 Case and close contact/exposure is defined as EITHER a positive COVID-19 test and contact tracing as direct physical or close contact with within 6 ft for a cumulative 15 minutes with or without masks on.

Close contact is defined by the CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. The World Health Organization (WHO) additionally includes persons with director physical contract with a probable or confirmed case, direct care for a patient with probable or confirmed COVID-19 without using proper personal, and other situations as indicated by local risk assessment.

Scenario 1: Player tests positive for COVID-19

  • Alert your Director of Coaching and our Executive Director ASAP (we will handle any team communication that is needed)
  • To return, a player must self-quarantine for 10 days
  • Privacy will be enforced during this process
  • Staff will thoroughly disinfect facility

Scenario 2: Staff Member/Coach tests positive for COVID-19

  • Alert your Director of Coaching and our Executive Director ASAP (we will handle any team communication that is needed)
  • To return, staff/coach must self-quarantine for 10 days
  • All players coached by this staff/coach member will be notified of the positive test and refer to Scenario 3
  • Any players who were determined to be exposed to the Staff member or coach will refer to Scenario 3
  • Remainder of players (who have not been exposed) will be notified and will be asked to monitor symptoms
  • Any Staff/Coach members who were exposed to the positive staff member will refer to Scenario 3
  • Privacy will be enforced during this process.
  • Staff will thoroughly disinfect facility

Scenario 3: Staff/Coach/Player has close contact/exposure with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19

  • Alert your Director of Coaching and our Executive Director ASAP (we will handle any team communication that is needed)
  • Individual Stays home
  • To return, individual can provide a negative COVID-19 test (Rapid or PCR) after 7 days or self-quarantine for 10 days (Should the individual develop symptoms during the 7 days, please refer to scenario 4a)
  • Individuals on the same team will be notified and will be asked to monitor for symptoms. The entire team may be asked to self-quarantine if the last interaction with the exposed individual was within 48 hours of the positive COVID-19 test.
  • Privacy will be enforced during this process
  • Staff will thoroughly disinfect facility

However, anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and who meets the following criteria does NOT need to stay home.

  • Someone who has been fully vaccinated and shows no symptoms of COVID-19. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested (Rapid or PCR) 3-5 days after their exposure, even they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

Scenario 4a: Staff/Coach/Player develops ANY Covid-19 symptoms with NO KNOWN COVID-19 EXPOSURE

  • Individual STAYS HOME
  • Alert your Director of Coaching and our Executive Director ASAP (we will handle any team communication that is needed)
  • Individual must do AT LEAST ONE of the following
    • Player checks in with their doctor and receives a doctor’s note stating a different diagnosis and they may return to practice.
    • If player does not have a doctor, they must stay home for 10 days since symptoms first started AND until no fever for 24 hours AND until symptoms are gone. Then they may return to practice.
    • Player may get a COVID-19 test (Rapid or PCR), get a negative result, and must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to practice with proof of negative result.

Scenario 4b: Player presents ANY Covid-19 symptoms during practice with NO KNOWN COVID-19 EXPOSURE

  • Individual is removed from training or game (we will handle any team communication that is needed)
  • Staff/Coach alert their Director of Coaching and Executive Director as soon as possible
  • Individual must put on a mask
  • Individual is isolated from others
  • Parents are contacted and must pick up players ASAP
  • Individual must do AT LEAST ONE of the following
    • Player checks in with their doctor and receives a doctor’s note stating a different diagnosis and they may return to practice.
    • If player does not have a doctor, they must stay home for 10 days since symptoms first started AND until no fever for 24 hours AND until symptoms are gone. Then they may return to practice.
    • Player may get a COVID-19 test (Rapid or PCR), get a negative result, and must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to practice with proof of negative result.
    • If the individual tests positive for COVID-19 and the last contact with the team/staff/coaches was within 48 hours of the positive test, we will alert the team right away and refer the team to Scenario 3.

We do our best to monitor the every-changing recommendations on protocols/guidance from CDC, World Health Organization, Federal, State and Local governments, Georgia Soccer, U.S. Youth Soccer and U.S. Soccer. If you see changes to the above protocols from these organizations before we do, please let us know and we can review/make adjustments for the club.

Thank you for your commitment to Inter Atlanta FC, we’re looking forward to an exciting season with you.

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