Seeing everyone on the field this weekend was a awesome experience, we thought just two weeks prior that we wouldn’t even have a season. After this weekend I did want to take a moment to remind you that COVID19 is still a threat and a potentially deadly virus. Over the last week Georgia has seen a dramatic increase in COVID cases. With us being in such close proximity playing sports I want to remind you on the importance of social distancing and that the CDC does recommend wearing a face-covering while out in public. While I do not expect you to wear them under your helmet, wearing them on the sidelines and while talking to friends is a good way to protect yourself. We offer hand sanitizer by our tent and recommend using it when needed.
To ensure we are providing as much information as we can around the virus, here is the official statement from the CDC on what guidelines to follow to help protect yourself form the virus:
“CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.”
Again we are not requiring the use of face coverings, but we highly recommend using them when you are not playing. We want everyone to stay safe & healthy and following these guidelines will help.
Going forward we will remind you of the following:
- NO SHAKING HANDS AFTER A GAME. A simple shout out and “good game” to the other teams is appreciated.
- NO HUGGING OR RITUALS WITH TEAMMATES AFTER A GOAL IS SCORED. We get it you want to do a sick celebration, that’s fine but do it on your own. Do not engage by hugging teammates or anything that increases contact with your teammates.
- SOCIAL DISTANCE WHEN NOT IN THE PLAY: Defenseman & Attackmen this is geared towards you. We get you like to chat while the ball is on the other end of the field, however please maintain proper social distancing.
- NO SHARING WATER! This one is pretty straight forward. Bring your own water.