BAYS Update 5/14/21
This applies to travel games for weekend 5/14/21
We understand that Mass Youth Soccer recently sent out revised guidance to all town organizations that allowed spectators to take off their masks but only when seated.
BAYS, however, is electing to stay with our current “At ALL Times” mask requirement for spectators for this coming weekend. We will consider adapting this policy next week but the delay will allow us time to discuss how best to implement a partial lifting of the mask requirement for spectators.
It should be noted that the mask requirement for players, coaches, and referees was not changed. The default expectation is that face coverings remain in place over the nose and mouth DURING play and for all individuals on the sidelines when not having a water/mask break.
Thank you for your continued effort to keep the kids safe and playing soccer this season.
This applies to intown games weekend of 5/14/21
Spring 2021 COVID-19 Update - May 13, 2021 from Mass Youth Soccer
On Monday, May 10th the EEA released updated guidelines for Phase IV Step 1 of the reopening plan. Important changes in this document are as follows:
- Spectators are still required to wear a face covering when entering and exiting a field/facility and in all common areas. Once at the field, spectators are permitted to remove their face covering when proper social distancing can be maintained continuously on the sidelines. Family units do not have to maintain social distancing from one another but will need to maintain proper social distancing from non-family member spectator groups around them. Please understand that town, city, and regional Boards of Health may impose more restrictive measures for facial coverings for participants and spectators. If so, these heightened restrictions take precedence.
- Per the Commonwealth of MA EEA, current face covering (approved mask) policies for players, coaches and officials have not changed. While actively playing soccer or training it is still required for participants to wear a mask properly covering nose and mouth, including while on the field, sidelines, entering and exiting facilities and during team huddles. (Note: players may take temporary “mask breaks” on the field only when 6ft or further away from other players, coaches, fans or officials.)
Please remember, it remains the responsibility of the coaches and COVID coordinators to ensure all team members abide by the Commonwealth of MA EEA Guidance, not the referees.
Out of necessity, to ensure member organizations can continue soccer activities and to keep players on the field we must continue to follow this guidance as provided to us.
There does seem to be a light at the end of this tunnel and we again thank all of you for your efforts in getting us there. We will continue to update you as we receive additional guidance as we move through the phases of the Commonwealth of MA reopening plan.