MLSA Coronavirus Statement
The Mt. Lebanon Soccer Association would like to address the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. While we currently do not have any programs in season, we want to let you know that we are closely tracking the latest news coming from the Allegheny County Health Department, the Mt. Lebanon Municipality and School District, our governing body PA West, and the CDC – and are putting into place the precautions we all need to take at this point to protect our players, coaches, officials, volunteers, and their families.
Our spring travel season is scheduled to begin the first week of April, with a kick-off celebration of games on Sunday, March 29th.We are currently planning to keep the regularly scheduled activities,and will continue to monitor all news, take the correct precautions, and be prepared. We will let you know via email, through our web site (mlsa.org) and via Facebook as soon as possible if anything changes including, but not limited to, canceled or rescheduled games or practices.
PA West Game Day Best Practices
PA West is providing the following best practices for games, which will be implemented once the season begins:
- No pre-game or post-game handshakes, fist bumps, elbow bumps.
- Limit the number of spectators to only immediate family members.
- Follow the CDC directive for adults over 60 and those with underlying health conditions and remind them that attending a game is not in their best interest.
- Players should not share water bottles.
- Players should not share snacks.
- Players should not share goalkeeper jerseys or training vests.
- Players or coaches who are ill should stay home.
We also ask that you familiarize yourself with the following CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our organization and even in the wider community:
CDC Recommendations and Guidelines
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.
CDC also has specific guidance for travelers.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
We look forward to seeing everyone on the fields in the coming weeks. Stay healthy and enjoy the warmer weather!