May 15, 2020

COVID-19 Reopening Information

A goal of Project Play WNY is to provide a central point information for Youth Sports Organizations and families as they tackle the complexities of the COVID-19 crisis. Below is a summary of government guidance and resources to businesses and organizations on returning to play.

The Center for Disease Control recently released its Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open, which includes guidance for summer camps and youth sports leagues

NYS Health Department and the Governor will continue to stress the importance of the CDC guidelines when participating in recreational activities that are deemed “low-risk”. New York State has released A Guide to Reopening New York and Building Back Better. Every business in Western New York, including those within the sport and recreation industry, must have a reopen plan. The New York State Department of Health has issued a plan template that businesses can use. The plan template, complemented by information generated by the Aspen Institute Sports for Society provides a good foundational point for Youth Sports Organizations to build their Return to Play plans.

WNY recently met the Seven Reopening Metrics and will start to open low-risk workplaces around May 20. Youth sports and recreation are tentatively slated for re-opening during Phase 4. The Erie County Health Department is continuously providing updates to the community to help keep everyone informed on developments and openings regarding COVID-19 for this region. It is important to continue practicing social distancing and wash your hands now that New York state is slowly starting to reopen.

If organizations are working through bringing back employees during the COVID 19 crisis, please see this free, easy to adapt template to plan for a returning workforce.

A helpful planning resource is our Re-Open Presentation and Sample COVID-19 waiver. Both of these tools can be customized to meet the needs and circumstances identified through the risk assessment process highlighted by the Aspen Institute.

Another helpful planning resource is the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County COVID-19 response page. If you are an organization looking for grant opportunities and general resources, please visit the WNY Nonprofit Support Group.

An additional resource is the Keep Buffalo Niagara Working Guide.

Project Play WNY will update this information regularly and adding any links for information posted by local municipalities and school districts.