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COVID-19 State Updates

By NJYS, 07/09/20, 12:45PM EDT


NJYS Return to Play Update

NJYS Member Clubs,

Yesterday, Governor Murphy issued public comments about requiring masks and clarified that athletes playing youth sports will not be required to wear masks (see story from Updates in Executive Order No. 163 includes:

  • This requirement shall not apply when wearing a face covering inhibits that individual’s health, including engaged in high intensity aerobic or anaerobic activities,

We understand there is an ongoing desire for information and direction. In the interim, we urge clubs to help reinforce to coaches, parents and players the importance of physical distancing when off the field and wearing masks. This includes to and from the car as well as on the sidelines and benches.

In place of a Return to Play webinar, we offer feedback on recent FAQs. We also thank RWJBarnabas Health for its continued support to the soccer community, as well as the entire NJ population through the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • If a player has a temp/fever but hasn’t been confirmed for COVID, is there a protocol for return to play - number of days before return and/or doctors note necessary? Clubs should consider requiring clearance from their physician post fever.
  • Does this question apply to families that have doctors and nurses that work in the family:  Within the last 14 days, have you been exposed to, or come into contact with, anyone you know: (a) who has COVID-19, (b) who is/was being tested for COVID-19, (c) who had symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or (d) who was exposed to someone with COVID19? It is reasonable for clubs not to consider protected health care workers as exposed.

Related to this topic, NJ Youth Soccer and US Youth Soccer encourage all youth sports advocates to support the Play Sports Coalition. To support the cause, call your Federal Representative’s office through the Play Sports Coalition's Take Action Center (information linked below) and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 6912: "COVID-19 Youth Sports and Working Families Relief Act." This bill has the unique potential to provide important financial impact on both pillars of our industry - sports organizations and working families they serve.


As a reminder, our next member club webinar is scheduled on Wednesday, July 22nd at 12 noon. Click here to reserve your spot. In the interim, we remain committed to ongoing support and communication.

Go to NJYS COVID-19 Resources & Updates