A Message to Our Eastern New York Youth Soccer Membership regarding the Coronavirus
Recent reports of the spread of the coronavirus continue to go viral. Although Eastern New York has not cancelled any events, we strongly recommend that all leagues make decisions based on what you feel is in the best interests of your clubs, leagues, and members.
The current position regarding the coronavirus is communicated below by both US Soccer and US Youth Soccer. Eastern New York is recommending that each of our members review the statements and communicate them to their respective members. Each member entity and individual families should make decisions accordingly as they best see fit for themselves. We will continue to communicate information as changes arise.
US Soccer Position Statement on Coronavirus
With the increasing number of cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) being reported across the world, U.S. Soccer's leadership has reviewed and will continue to monitor all domestic programming and competitions. As part of this review, we are working closely in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and international agencies including the State Department, United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), International Olympic Committee (IOC) and FIFA in real time to guide decisions on travel and participation. Our main priority is the safety and well-being of our players, coaches and referees and we will continue to update you as the situation requires.
Best Practices for Health:
There is currently no vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. Everyday preventive actions should be taken:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow the CDC's recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including Coronavirus.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Additionally, there are a number of different resources and communications from the CDC regarding the Coronavirus that you can watch HERE.
Our primary commitment and focus at all times is the health and safety of our U.S. Soccer family.
Skip Gilbert, CEO, US Youth Soccer is recommending that we suspend inter-state competition and any competition that requires air travel for the time being.
Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association