Latest MIFC Covid Updates and Guidelines
We are truly excited to be opening our Fall 2021 season. After over a year of starts and stops and incomplete or no soccer season, we are pleased to have games starting again.
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce and remind all of you of the Return To Play Protocols the club is abiding by per state guidelines. The protocols and safety plan are a comprehensive document addressing game day, as well as policies in case of exposure or potential exposure.
Summary of Daily Protocols
- As of August 29, 2021, the WA State Governor’s Office and Department of Health are NOT requiring players, coaches, or spectators to wear masks at training or games, although they may chose to wear one.
- Physical distancing among spectators is strongly encouraged.
- WA Youth Soccer and MIFC will continue to follow the guidance of these two offices with regards to the health and safety of players. Should any new guidelines come out that effect players, coaches, or spectators at training or games, this document will be updated and redistributed.
- Our fields and facilities provider, The City Of Mercer Island, as well as our leagues – EYSA, NPSL, WPL and WYS are also requiring us to follow these guidelines.
Although we will follow these guidelines, we also recommend, though will not be requiring (or enforcing), that all spectators at training and games wear masks for additional protection. We will also ask all players on the sidelines at games (not actively playing) to wear masks.
Because so many of our families have players under the age of 12 who cannot be vaccinated, we feel this is the safest most practicable step we can take right now.
We cannot enforce the mask recommendation on opposing fans or players. We will ask them to abide by our recommendations for the safety of families and referees. You may experience different requirements at opponents fields and facilities. Please respect their requirements.
MIFC will continue to monitor the latest guidelines and requirements set forth by the state and educate and make policy changes and recommendations as the fall progresses.
Please reach out with any questions to these MIFC contacts:
Greg Snyder, Board President and Covid Coordinator - [email protected]
Paul Bayly, Director of Soccer Operations – [email protected].
We look forward to seeing you out on the pitch!