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Region 114 COVID-19 Plan

Region 114 COVID-19 Safety Protocol

Region 114 is committed to moving forward with our Fall 2021 season in a safe and responsible manner. If mandates are put in place by the City of Long Beach Health Department, we will comply as required.

Any scenario in which many people gather together poses a risk for COVID-19 transmission. Coaches, volunteers, players, and spectators should use this guidance to understand what health practices are in place as soccer practices and games resume.


What are the latest mandates for Long Beach sports organizations?

Sports organizations that practice and play in Long Beach city limits are under the jurisdiction of the City of Long Beach Health Department. You can find City of Long Beach Health Orders here.

At this time, there are no Health Orders from the City of Long Beach Health Department mandating restrictions to outdoor activities with fewer than 10,000 participants. If that changes, we will update this page. If the City makes changes before this page has a chance to be updated, all health orders listed by the City of Long Beach take precedence over this webpage.

With that said, AYSO and the City of Long Beach recommend following CDC Guidance for Outdoor Recreation. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Staying at least 6 feet apart
  • Limiting the amount of time spent with people who don’t live with you
  • Practicing good hand hygiene

The CDC suggests the safest choice is to wear a mask when you can’t stay at least 6 feet apart. These are not mandated or required, but recommendations that have shown to be effective in limiting the transmission of disease.


What about the LA County Testing mandate?

On Monday, August 23rd (revised on Aug-30th), Los Angeles County Public Health released health orders requiring weekly COVID-19 testing of unvaccinated participants age 12 and up. (This includes players, volunteers, team staff). Weekly testing at school fully satisfies this mandate. This affects sports organizations based in an area under the jurisdiction of LA County Public Health.

Even though Long Beach is in Los Angeles County, because our city has its own Health Department, our region is not under the jurisdiction of LA County Public Health or its health orders. We don't have any insight into whether The City of Long Beach will issue similar mandates.


Why are other nearby regions delaying/ending their Fall 2021 season?

The LA County public health order was originally written to require testing 48 hours before competition for ALL participants, regardless of age or vaccination status. Some regions decided that was a burden too great to place on the region and their participants. However, LA County Public Health's revised orders on Aug-30th clarify and loosen the restrictions (does not apply to youth under 12 or those already vaccinated, or having recovered within 90 days), so some regions are already reversing their decision to postpone their seasons.


Will Region 114 postpone if Long Beach Health Department releases a similar mandate?

No! We have full intentions of moving forward with the season, no matter what. We've even begun talks with vendors who can provide mobile testing booths for our region participants and families, should a mandate be put in effect. We've invested too much time, effort, and money to turn back now. We plan to move forward responsibly, in a manner that is safe and fully compliant with local public health orders, but we also want to provide soccer for our kids.


Do I have to wear a mask at practice or games?

At this time, the City of Long Beach Public Health does not have any current health orders mandating masks for outdoor activities with fewer than 10,000 participants. However, the CDC, the City of Long Beach, and other public health agencies in the region recommend wearing masks when possible.


What are things I can do to keep my team safe?

While there are no mask mandates for outdoor soccer activities, some coaches may ask participants to wear masks out of an abundance of caution. There are other steps a Coach can take to limit close contact and reduce the need for quarantine:

  • Team activities should be held outside, to the extent possible. Face masks are required of all individuals in indoor public settings per current health orders.
  • Encourage players to remain 6 feet apart when not engaged in active play (such as at water breaks).
  • Design your sessions to limit the amount of standing in lines
  • Coaches keep six feet distance

What do I do if a parent or player on my team tests positive for COVID-19?

Neither AYSO nor Region 114 set their own quarantine/isolation protocols. What is described below is a summary from the latest City of Long Beach Health Department public health orders. If there is any question about what is written below, or if the information below has been obsoleted by more recent public health orders, please refer to the City of Long Beach website for the most accurate, up-to-date information.

As of 9/9/21, the City of Long Beach says you must self-quarantine for 7 to 14 days if you have been in close contact with someone who has or is likely to have COVID-19 within 48 hours before symptoms began or before a positive test.

The CDC defines “close contact” as being within 6 feet of the infected individual for a total of 15 minutes or more.

Example 1: Player A was at practice on Monday, and tested positive on Thursday without symptoms. This was more than 48 hours since practice, and therefore would not require you to self-quarantine.

Example 2: Player A was at practice on Monday, and noticed symptoms Wednesday morning. Player A tested positive Thursday. Player B stood next to Player A six times, 1 minute each time, during an hour-long practice. That is a total of 6 minutes of close contact, and would not meet the CDC definition of close contact. Player B would not have to self-quarantine.

Coaches are urged to design sessions and water breaks to limit the amount of close contact between players to less than 15 minutes total during a session. Doing so will avoid the need for your entire team and family to self-quarantine.

If you have been fewer than 6 feet apart for more than 15 minutes within 48 hours of someone having a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, then the City of Long Beach Heath Department's Quarantine orders require you self-quarantine for at least 7 days up to 14 days. View City of Long Beach Quarantine Orders here.


What do I do if I get COVID-19

The City of Long Beach Health Department's Isolation orders require that persons diagnosed with COVID-19 self-isolate for at least 10 days since symptom onset (or a positive test if no symptoms), and at last 24 hours since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. View City of Long Beach Isolation Orders here.


Are there any restrictions to team snacks?

There are no restrictions, although common sense dictates if you provide snacks, to do so with individually wrapped items, and avoid sharing food that involves handling the same food items that others will eat.


Can I get a refund due to COVID mandates being put in place?

No, we cannot issue refunds to families who choose to opt out of participating because of COVID requirements. Our plan as a region is to continue our Fall 2021 season in a safe and responsible manner, which means helping all players, spectators, and volunteers fully comply with City of Long Beach public health orders.

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