March 13, 2020
Randolph Soccer Club is a New Jersey Youth Soccer Member Club. See below for the latest information from NJYS as we are all navigating this challenging time:
COVID-19 Information and Updates (as of March 13, 2020)
NJ Youth Soccer continues to follow and monitor the health and travel concerns surrounding COVID-19. We appreciate and share the concern we are receiving from our membership.
We are witnessing the updates and reports changing daily. We are monitoring the recommendations and guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local authorities, other state associations, US Soccer and US Youth Soccer. Please expect a further notice by Wednesday of next week, after which we will have more information from our Board of Directors, member Leagues, and US Youth Soccer.
It is clear that many events and programs are suspending activity. We will continue to be respectful of any decision an individual or organization makes regarding the safety of players, coaches and parents. These are not simply soccer community decisions; these decisions affect the entire community. We recommend that you consult your local officials to guide you through these decisions. School closings are a relevant barometer for suspending soccer activity.
Tournaments and clubs should consider the CDC and N.J. Governor’s recommendation to postpone or cancel gatherings of more than 250 people, and we encourage you to follow the guidance of local health officials. The State Department of Health has not recommended broad closings or cancellations so far, but that may change.
Clarification: US Youth Soccer announced its decision to suspend all US Youth Soccer League Programs and Conference Activities (e.g. USYS National League). These are events that often involve flights, hotels and out of state travel. This specific announcement does not signify that all NJ Youth Soccer member leagues have suspended their competitions, although several member Leagues have recently issued related communications.
Again, we are communicating with our member leagues and will provide a further notice by Wednesday of next week at the latest. Thank you for your consideration and cooperation as we navigate this situation together.
Be Prepared by Being Informed
Below are additional resources and links to learn more. Please review and share this information.
The State of New Jersey Department of Health provides a 24-Hour Public Hotline to address questions about the COVID-19. Call 1-800-222-1222. They also provide additional information, including frequently asked questions at: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): For more information about COVID-19, its symptoms, how it spreads and other frequently asked questions, visit the CDC website, here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. For information about handwashing, see the CDC's Handwashing website.
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 COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
If you wish to stay informed of any US Government travel advisories, please review current US State Department Travel Advisories: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/
- CDC Travel Health Notices: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
- CDC Coronavirus FAQ Sheet: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
- CDC Travel Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
- World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- FISA: http://www.worldrowing.com/news/update-the-coronavirus-covid