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

Directives regarding youth sport activities in New York State are changed as needed. Scholastic sports will follow NYS Department of Education directives. For the latest guidance for non-scholastic youth sport activity, please see the Empire State Development’s FAQ in Response to the State’s Cluster Action InitiativeNYS 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”. (Updated 12/8/2020)

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 organizations and 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.

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.

See this link for specific guidance and recommendations by the CDC on the reopening of pools. This link includes guidance on facility re-opening from USA Swimming. There is also additional guidance from other states on the reopening of public pools and spas. New York State has also issued general guidance on the reopening of pools.

Information on the necessity and use of masks during exercise can be found here.

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.