Guidance from the Governor: Youth Activities

Special contribution from Leila Barraza, JD, MPH

Governor Ducey announced on May 28th that organized youth activities may resume. This includes summer leagues, summer schools, and day camps. The complete guidance for organized youth activities is available here

As with all activities that bring together groups of people; first decide if you really need to participate or if there are viable alternatives for recreation and physical activity during this time. If you or a household member have immunocompromising conditions or are older you are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 disease. If you decide you still want to participate, youth participants, coaches, visitors, and parents should be sure to follow these safety tips: 

Before participating:
Do not attend the activity if you or someone in your household is feeling ill or if you have had a known contact with someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Avoid congregating before the activity.

Avoid car-pooling, whenever possible.
While participating:
Those attending organized youth activities should follow appropriate CDC guidance for physical distancing and should wear cloth face coverings or a face shield whenever possible. [Note that in the heat and during strenuous activities N95 masks can be harmful, opt for alternative masking].

Opt for non-contact sports or activities. 

Do not share water bottles, towels, or any equipment that is not necessary to be shared.

If participating inside, ensure ventilation systems operate properly and encourage circulation of outdoor air.

If coolers for water are necessary, regularly sanitize them, along with other hard surfaces. 

Encourage people to bring their own reusable water bottles. 

Implement semi-regular hand washing/ hand sanitizing breaks.

Avoid using shared spaces (like locker rooms). If this is not possible, stagger use and disinfect between use.
After participating:Sanitize equipment/supplies before and after each game or use.

Discourage the sharing of food, snacks and beverages after games or practices. If food is provided, ensure that it is individually pre-packaged.

Avoid congregating after the activity.

Wash your hands thoroughly.

Organizers of the event should make sure to follow this guidance:

Guidance for OrganizerConsider limiting the number of parents / guardians / spectators for each youth.

Choose well-ventilated spaces or outdoor spaces [you may need to operate in early morning/ late evening to avoid the midday heat].

Choose alternative non-contact activities – fla football instead of touch, for example. 

Implement comprehensive sanitation protocols.

Assign staff or volunteers to help enforce physical distancing and other hygiene expectations. 

Consider contactless check-ins.
Implement symptom screening for facilitators and participants prior to the start of the activity.

Obtain contact information for all participants and update individuals if there are positive cases reported to you without telling people who was ill.

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