As we return to our new normal, the Chilliwack FC Executive has adopted this policy as a part of our Return to Play program. Safety is our primary concern for all participants. Please ensure you are familiar with this policy. If you have any feedback on this policy please send it to chairperson@chilliwackfc.com.

Before You Come to The Field

  • If the player/coach/referee is not feeling well, they are not to attend their scheduled session until they feel better.
    • The parent of player or the coach are required to notify Chilliwack FC Health and Safety Officer of the players illness so it can be noted.
    • Chilliwack FC may require a doctor’s note before the player/coach/referee can return to play.
  • Be aware of your scheduled start time and ensure you arrive at the field at your designated time. Late arrivals may not be permitted to participate.

At the Field

  • Our preference is for parents/guardians to drop their child off but if they must stay only 1 parent allowed in the park/at the field. Social distancing is required. If social distancing is not possible, we ask that the parent/guardian wears a mask as per the Health Authorities recommendation.
  • To fall into compliance with any public health orders, Chilliwack FC reserves the right to limit the number of spectators at the facility.
  • Players/Coaches/Referees/Spectators must wear a mask in and out of the venue, no mask is required for on field activity.
  • Contact tracing requirement
    • Each team will be required to have a one or two volunteers that will act as the team’s health and safety person(s).
    • All players will be required to answer questions relating to their health each time they come to the field. It is imperative that sick children not participate and stay home.
    • The health and safety person will submit their findings to the Health and Safety Officer weekly, unless a health concern is raised.
  • Please ensure you have a container with you to store all hygienic materials such as face masks, water bottles, and mouthguards if applicable.

On the Field

  • Be aware of designated access points for entering/exiting the field area and use as directed.
  • Parents/Guardians are not allowed on the playing surface at all, unless called on in the event of player injury. The only exception will be any programs that require parent participation.
  • Players are not to touch the equipment.
  • Players are not to swap equipment.
  • Players/Coaches must sanitize their hands entering the field and leaving the field.
  • No physical contact between players/coaches is permitted. i.e. Handshakes, high fives.
  • Players/Coaches must bring their own water bottle that is clearly marked; There is to be absolutely no sharing.
  • There are to be no shared snacks.

Spectators

  • Due to Provincial Health Orders and Municipal restrictions placed on the number of people who can gather for an event, Chilliwack FC’s preference is for player supporters to drop the player off and leave. However, if they must stay only 1 supporter is allowed in the park/at the field. Social distancing is required and masks are encouraged.
  • If a supporter must stay to watch the training/game siblings and other supporters of the player are not permitted to enter.
  • All supporters must go through the Contact Tracing check in prior to entering the designated facility;
  • Be aware of designated access points for entering/exiting the field area and use as directed;
  • Parents/Guardians/Supporters are not allowed on the playing surface at all, unless called on in the event of player injury. The only exception will be any programs that require parent participation.
  • No lingering/loitering in common areas without adhering to social distancing expectations and masks must be worn at all times;
  • All spectators must be seated in bleachers or in stands. Unless social distancing expectations can’t be achieved masks are optional in these areas;
  • Leaning on fences is strictly prohibited;

Important Reminders

  • Failure to comply with the above requirements may result in the Player being removed from the program.
  • This is a living document that may be amended at any time to ensure that Chilliwack FC is compliant with the latest health and safety requirements as it pertains to COVID-19 and any other medical issues. This document may be updated and reposted without notice. It is incumbent on the members of Chilliwack FC to ensure they are aware of the latest policies.

Click here to download Chilliwack FC’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Safety Plan.

This document will serve as a guide when potential and/or confirmed COVID-19 cases occur amongst Chilliwack FC’s on-field participants (players, coaches, managers, staff, game officials, etc).

On-field participants who have attended a practice or a game during that participant’s potentially infectious period (up to two days prior to the onset of symptoms) will likely be deemed by Fraser Health as having exposed their team and the opposing team to COVID-19. This is due to potential close contact, exertion/heavy breathing, and a lack of masks worn during the session.

It takes about a week from exposure to notification by the health authority of that potential exposure. By then, the person who was exposed and infected has exposed countless others. These circumstances have the potential for creating an outbreak within our club.

With that in mind, Chilliwack FC will be proactive about keeping potential COVID-19 cases off the field.

 

  • EXPOSURE: Participants who have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case will be expected by Fraser Health to self-isolate for 14 days.
    • Club members should start self-isolating as soon as they learn they were exposed to a confirmed case, rather than waiting to be contacted by the health authority.
    • This does have the potential to result in postponed or cancelled practices and/or games, as entire teams will have been exposed.
    • Participants will only be sent for a COVID-19 test if they have symptoms. Regardless of the test results, people who were exposed will be expected to self-isolate for the full 14 days.
    • Asymptomatic participants who tested negative for COVID-19 can return to practices/games with the approval of the Health and Safety Officer.

 

  • SYMPTOMATIC: Participants who have symptoms but have not been deemed as exposed will be expected to self-isolate pending their test results.
    • Participants should not attend practices or games while they are not feeling well.
    • People with potential COVID-19 symptoms should get a COVID-19 test and self-isolate while they await the results.
    • In case of negative test results, participants should feel well again before attending another practice or game.

 

  • CONFIRMED CASES: participants who test positive for COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate and await further instruction from Fraser Health.