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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory

At this time and based on information & guidance available, all practices, games, tournaments, events, and leagues are SUSPENDED until further notice.  (Effective March 12 thru minimally June 22)

Below is our initial Coronavirus Advisory that we communicated in early March. 

While the CDC continues to assure us that the immediate health risks are low, please be advised that we are continuing to monitor the developing impacts of Coronavirus. We believe that in times like these it’s important to maintain our perspective and increase preparedness.

We have established a cross-functional task force that will continue to evaluate the situation and establish procedures designed to minimize the risk to our players, coaches, parents, and supporters while limiting the impact to our members.  We are working with NJ Youth Soccer who are working in close partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and international agencies including the State Department, USOPC, IOC and FIFA in real-time to guide clubs in our state.  

We all play a role in the health and safety of our community. Please do your part to stop the spread of germs in our events by following the below guidelines. In addition, if you are sick please do not attend practices until you feel better.

To reinforce health safety and best practices for illness prevention, please read the list below:

* 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 the CDC's recommendations for using a face mask.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Soccer Specific Steps:
* Avoid pre, during, or post-game handshakes with opposing team members or game officials.
* Avoid team walkouts and hand-in-hand/arm-in-arm team huddles.
* If anyone associated with a team (coach, player, family member) feels ill prior to a scheduled event, have them stay home and not attend the event in order to reduce risk to others.
* If anyone associated with a team (coach, player, family member) becomes ill during an event and has symptoms such as coughing, fever, or general malaise, contact a medical professional. To reduce exposure, consider self-isolation until evaluated by medical personnel, immediately exit the facility, do not come into personal contact with other participants.
* Use alcohol-based sanitizers (60% alcohol) in addition to frequent hand washing - especially after practice and games. 
* Carry small bottles of alcohol-based sanitizers to use when hand-washing facilities are unavailable.
* Keep hydrated during practices and games.
* Do not share water bottles or food.

For the most up to date information on Coronavirus, please visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.  We will send out any additional information as needed and post information here on our http://www.fcberna.com site.

Also, the State of New Jersey Department of Health provides a 24 Hour Public Hotline to address questions about the COVID-19 coronavirus and useful links to the CDC's web site and frequently asked questions at https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml

Please see the following additional resources and communications which may provide further answers to your questions.
CDC - Coronavirus Overview
CDC - Frequently Asked Questions
CDC - Travelers Health
WHO - Advice for Coronavirus
U.S. Department of State - Country Specific Travel Information
USOPC - Coronavirus Update
NJ COVID-19 Information Hub

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