COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
Hype Volleyball is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our staff and athletes. To ensure this, we have developed the following Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Every Individual is responsible for implementing and conforming to this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 and that requires full cooperation from everyone. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health in our workplace. By following this plan, you are protecting yourself and you are respecting the rights of your peers to protect themselves and their families.
Hype Volleyball will follow all state and local regulations.
Social Distancing Guidelines will continue.
6 feet of physical distance between individuals in the gym is required.
Vulnerable individuals with underlying health issues will not participate in training sessions, practices, and competitions.
Hype staff and athletes are our most important asset. We are serious and determined to keep everyone safe and healthy. Involvement is essential in developing and implementing a successful COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. We are following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards related to COVID-19. This plan addresses the following protocols:
How we will bring staff and athletes back together for training, practices, and competitions
What if you are exhibiting signs and symptoms or caring for other sick family members
Awareness of handwashing & avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth
Respiratory etiquette; cover your cough or sneeze
Housekeeping – cleaning, disinfecting and decontamination
Bringing Staff and Athletes Back
If you are sick or have been sick, do not attend trainings, practices, and competitions until you have met all the CDC criteria to discontinue isolation. The steps are outlined later in the plan. If someone in your family has been sick, please follow the CDC recommended precautions before returning to training, practice, and competition.
Parents, guardians, family members, and friends who are not participating in training sessions and practices are not permitted to enter the facility. They are to remain in their vehicle if they choose to drop-off their athlete and wait, but they cannot enter the facility where the training session and practice is taking place.
We are implementing a max headcount of 1 staff per 10 athletes at any time on the court until such restrictions have been lifted. To adhere to maintaining less than 35% capacity, we are limiting the number of athletes per training sessions. Immediately upon arrival to the training, practice, competition site, you must wash your hands thoroughly in the restroom or apply hand-sanitizer.
Exhibiting Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19 and Caring for Other Sick Family Members
We encourage everyone to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Any staff and athlete showing cold or flu-like symptoms (COVID-like i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should notify Hype staff and stay home. Sick individuals should follow CDC-recommended steps. Staff and athletes should not return until the criteria to discontinue home isolation is met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
According to the CDC, individuals with the Coronavirus or coronavirus symptoms who were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue home isolation under the following conditions:
At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery, which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
The improvement of respiratory symptoms, such as coughing and shortness of breath.
At least seven days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Prompt identification and isolation of potentially infectious individuals is a critical step in protecting everyone. If a person tests positive for COVID-19, Hype will notify the staff and families who have been in contact with that individual at trainings, practices, competitions for the last two weeks. This would require interviewing the person as soon as feasible over the phone.
If anyone in a staff or athlete’s household is sick with Coronavirus symptoms, the ones caring for the sick person are required to stay home for 14 days.
Handwashing & Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose, and Mouth
Basic infection prevention measures must be implemented at all training, practice, and competition sites. Staff are instructed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand-sanitizer frequently throughout the day, but especially at the beginning and end of each session. All athletes will be required to use hand-sanitizer dispensers immediately upon arrival at the training, practice, and competition site.
Respiratory Etiquette: Cover Your Cough or Sneeze
Staff and athletes are instructed to cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and to avoid touching their face, their mouth, nose, and eyes, with their hands. They should dispose of tissues in the trash and wash or sanitize their hands immediately afterward.
Social distancing will be implanted – 6 feet of physical distance between individuals. Athletes are prohibited from gathering in confined areas, including restrooms, locker rooms, lobby area if 6 feet of physical distance between individuals cannot be maintained.
Housekeeping – Cleaning, Disinfecting and Decontamination
Regular housekeeping practices are being implemented, with routine cleaning and disinfecting of volleyballs, carts, equipment. Areas that belong to the facility such as restrooms, lock rooms, and gym are regularly cleaned and maintained by the staff of the facility.
This Preparedness Plan will be posted on our website and our various Facebook pages for everyone to read. This Preparedness Plan will be updated, as necessary.
Appendix A – Guidance for developing a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
Individuals Exhibiting Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19
Respiratory Etiquette: Cover Your Cough or Sneeze