It’s evident that there has been growing concerns regarding the new Coronavirus (COVID-19). Everyone’s safety is our priority and this message is to notify you all regarding our protocol and what measures we’re taking to maintain everyone’s health safe.
Currently there are no confirmed cases in Connecticut, however there have been confirmed cases in states nearby.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently aiming towards discovering as much as possible about this new virus, and to better comprehend how it spreads and causes illness. The CDC considers this virus to be a serious public health concern. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and respiratory issues. According to the CDC, symptoms may appear as soon as 2 to 14 days after being exposed to this illness. Health experts have also advised that for the moment, there is no need to cancel athletic or social activities.
What is SoccerViza Doing to Prevent Health Issues?
While practices and games are currently in session as this letter is posted, the following, is a list of precautions SoccerViza suggests our families to follow:
FEELING SICK? - If you're feeling ill, please stay home from a game or practice. Call your doctor to determine what medical needs you or your child may need. Players and staff who have symptoms of any kind, are recommended to stay home and not return to practice/games until cleared by a doctor.
Wash Hands frequently - If players use the bathroom before, during, or after practice, we advise them to wash their hands for at least 30 seconds, scrubbing the front, back and in between fingers. Use soap and water or a product that is alcohol based and meant to disinfect. Use elbows to push doors, knuckles to push buttons, and avoid contact with objects that don’t belong to you (i.e., other players’ hoodies, backpacks, waters, etc.).
Face Touching - Germs and bacteria can enter the body when the mouth, nose, and eyes are being touched. Try and avoid touching your face to prevent any germs and bacteria on your hands and fingers from entering your body.
Coughing and Sneezing - Often times, people cough/sneeze on their hands or out in the open. Experts say that a cough or sneeze can travel about 6-10 feet, therefore cough/sneeze inside a tissue or cloth. If you don’t have a tissue or cloth, according to the CDC, you should cough/sneeze into your upper sleeve, NOT your hands.
SoccerViza Handshakes: Until further notice, SoccerViza’s ‘handshakes’ will turn into a ‘verbal gesture’. Our 'lock it up' routine is also put on hold. Players are required to simply gather around coaches.
SV Staff has been notified to disinfect cones and pinnies. They will also be reminded to keep monitoring player-to-player interactions.
In the case of an emergency closing on behalf of the State of Connecticut, SoccerViza will follow appropriate protocol the state implicates. Please make sure to contact your coach if you have any questions.
We hope everyone has a safe rest of their winter and we will keep you informed regarding any updates.
- Joe Funicello | Director & CEO | SoccerViza