Rec League, Sports, and Camp Guidance

Camp Guidance

Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) offers health and safety recommendations for summer camps as they develop policies and procedures to protect campers and staff from COVID-19, as well as support in responding to cases of COVID-19 in a camp setting. For questions regarding COVID-19 and camps, or to report a positive case of COVID-19 at your camp, please contact MontcoCOVIDRecreation@montcopa.org

CDC Guidance For Operating Youth Camps
American Camp Association COVID-19 Resource Center

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Camp - Prepare to Prevent

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Camp - Staying Covid-Safe at Camp

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Camp - Responding Responsibly

Rec League and Sports Guidance

Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) offers policy and procedure guidance, assistance with COVID-19 Mitigation Planning, and consultation to Recreational and School Sports Leagues of any age as well as to Recreational Activity Facilities across Montgomery County. There is an increased risk of COVID-19 spread while playing sports this page should be used to support leagues, families, and residents of Montgomery County.

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Top 5 for COVID-Safe Sports

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Practive Safe Routines for Healthy Sports

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Contact Tracing for Everyones Safety

What do you need to do to keep your players, coaches, and families healthy?

  1. Keep attendance logs at drills, training, scrimmage, and games.
  2. Adhere to the required mask order at your facilities.
  3. Practice social distancing as much as possible.
  4. Report cases of COVID-19 on sports teams and at recreational facilities to MCOPH using the web-based Sports Reporting Form. See the requirements in Montgomery County's Public Health Code.
  5. Cooperate with MCOPH to conduct contact tracing.

Contact tracing done in conjunction with MCOPH ensures clear communication to players, families, and exposed individuals who are recommended to quarantine. This supports keeping teams safe and seasons running smoothly.

  6. Complete and submit the COVID-19 Mitigation Form if there are gatherings or events with more than 25 people indoors/250              outdoors at your facility.

Effective Friday, May 14, 2021, the Montgomery County Office of Public Health is not requiring masking/face covering while individuals are participating in high-exertion outdoor activities such as sports or exercising. In accordance with CDC and PADOH guidelines, masking guidance remains unchanged when individuals cannot maintain a sustained physical distance of at least 6 feet from persons outside of their household, when on the sidelines, when outdoors with a mixture of vaccinated and unvaccinated people, and when attending crowded outdoor activities. Indoor masking guidance remains unchanged. 

Masking provides maximal protection to the individual and those in proximity to them. Nothing about this updated guidance should be construed as prohibiting the practice if desired by the individual.

Questions?

MontcoCOVID19Recreation@montcopa.orgEmail and report form are monitored/reviewed by Disease Intervention Specialists in the Division of Communicable Disease who are trained in response to COVID-19. Case investigation, contact tracing support, and guidance is available. 

Helpful linksQuarantine Guidelines Opens in new window

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and COVID-19

CHOP Policy Lab, Winter Sports Guidance

PIAA, Return to Competition: Individual Sports Consideration

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Consideration for Youth Sports 

Montgomery County Public Health Code - Ch. 3, Sec. 20 and 22

PA Mask Order

Sports Exclusion Guide

559 - 03/16/21 - UPD - Updated Quarantine Recommendations for Persons Exposed to COVID-19

PADOH Sports Guidance

Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Reporting Cases and Contact Tracing
  2. Mitigation Plan and Gatherings
  3. General Sports Guidance

What do I do if someone on my team tests positive for COVID-19?

  • Ensure everyone is educated about COVID-19 symptoms and understands when they should stay home. 
  • Designate a COVID-19 Point of Contact and ensure everyone knows who this person is and how to contact the individual.
  • Ensure the community, league, or team develops a plan of action if an athlete, coach, or official falls ill, make the plan publicly available, and explain it to the entire sports community. Contact and work with the Office of Public Health for reporting positive cases and contact tracing. 

Sports Reporting Form

What does OPH need from me when I have a COVID -19 positive person?

OPH is covered by HIPPA and needs the name, date of birth, address, and phone number for the positive person(s) as well as all that same information for close contacts. OPH also needs an email address for close contacts. Only the OPH can legally issue quarantine directives.

Close Contact Spreadsheet 

What is contact tracing?

Contact tracing is the process of identifying, notifying, and monitoring anyone who came in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 while they were infectious.

Contact tracing involves reaching out to people exposed to a case of COVID-19 and asking them to stay away from other people until 10 days have passed.  By staying home for 10 days, or a 7-day quarantine with a negative test on or after day 5 of quarantine, quarantined close contacts are not able to spread the virus to others if they go on to have the disease.

Contact tracing is a critical part and key strategy to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Who is a close contact?

Close contacts are people who have been within six feet of a person with a confirmed COVID-19 infection for at least 15 minutes. A close contact may be considered under 15 minutes of exposure for high-risk activities or where Covid-19 mitigation protocols were not followed. 

Close contacts will need to quarantine for 10 days after their last exposure to an infected person or a seven-day quarantine with a negative test on or after Day 5 of quarantine.