Greetings to our referee family. As everyone is aware, there is great concern regarding CoVid-19. You will soon be interacting/involved in soccer and you will come in contact with a large number of athletes and bodily fluids from sweat and in some cases spits.
Based on the news and publications,, What is known about the virus is that the incubation period can be up to 14 days.
Depending upon the surface and environmental conditions, the virus can live outside of the body for a few hours to several days. The World Health Organization just announced that the mortality rate is 3.2%, which is higher than the Spanish flu (2.5%).
In order to protect ourselves and others, the State Referee Association is recommending some protocols to help keep everyone safe as much as possible:
- After the walkout and introductions, either bump fists or elbows the players and coaches. Avoid shaking hands with anyone.
- Avoid spitting on the ground. In the course of a match, a player may slide through it.
- Cough into your elbow.
- Do not share whistles.
- Wipe down the handles of flags with an alcohol based rub or wash with soap and water.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol based rub for at least 20 seconds. That is the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice.
- If you are feverish, contact your assignor and do not officiate, mentor, or instruct. Stay home.
- Stay at least 3 feet from anyone who is coughing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
If you have questions or concerns regarding CoVid-19, contact your medical provider or your county health department.