Professional Sports

COVID-Safe Practices for Summer Youth Sports & Programs

The following COVID-Safe Practices apply to all professional sports participants, including athletes, coaches, trainers and other staff members. Professional sports teams must also follow all applicable COVID-Safe Practices outlined in “All Together New Mexico: COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers.” 

The team must submit a plan to the Office of the Governor prior to practicing and participating in contest.

 

  1. Testing 
    1. Teams shall regularly test athletes, coaches, trainers and staff members.
      1. Athletes shall be tested no less than three (3) times per week and a testing plan must be sent and reviewed by the Office of the Governor.
      2. Athletes, coaches, trainers and staff members must test no more than 24 hours prior to a game, competition or scrimmage and quarantine until they receive a negative test result and must be tested by a PCR test. Individuals who receive positive test results shall not participate in contest and must isolate for at least 10 days and return when a licensed medical professional advises it is safe to do so.
      3. Testing and Travel
        1. Athletes and staff members must test within 48 hours and isolate until they receive results prior to traveling out of state to play. Athletes, coaches, trainers and staff members who receive a positive result or fail to test shall not be permitted to travel. 
        2. Athletes and staff members must test within 48 hours upon returning to New Mexico and must isolate until they receive test results.
      4. Positive and negative test results are required to be reported to the appropriate State agencies weekly. 
        1. All positive and negative test results must be reported to the New Mexico Department of Health.
        2. Positive cases surrounding employees and contractors associated with the organization must be reported to the New Mexico Environment Department’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (OSHA).
        3. All positive and negative cases surrounding all staff and students must be reported to the New Mexico Department of Health. 
    2. Practices, Trainings and Games
      1. Practices, trainings, games, competitions and scrimmages without spectators (view “Spectators” section)
      2. Masks 
        1. Masks shall be worn at all times (over the nose, mouth and chin) by all parties including, but not limited to, players, coaches, trainers, other relevant staff members, and visiting teams on the sidelines. Referees shall wear a mask at all times. The only exception is for players on the field of play. 
        2. Only athletes and relevant staff members shall be allowed to participate in practices, trainings, games, competitions, scrimmages and recovery sessions. All persons must wear a mask, indoors and outdoors, and all individuals on the sidelines, including athletes and staff, must adhere to six feet of social distancing at all times.
      3. Gyms, weight rooms and recovery rooms may operate at no greater than 25% of the maximum occupancy of an enclosed space as determined by the relevant fire marshal or fire department. 
      4. For a game, competition or scrimmage to occur, the team must be located and playing in a county with a 14-day average daily case count of fewer than eight per 100,000 and a test positivity rate of under five (5) percent 14 days prior to the scheduled contest. If the status of the county changes at any time during that 14-day timeframe, the status of the county will be honored 14 days prior to the scheduled contest. If the county in which the team is located does not meet the criteria, the institution shall adhere to all the public health and executive orders including the limitations on gatherings. Please view the map on the New Mexico Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboardfor the most up-to-date status.
    3. Spectators 
      1. Spectators are not permitted at any practices, games, competitions or scrimmages. This includes, but is not limited to, recruiters, staff members not associated with the team, family members, and any member of the general public.
    4. Visiting Teams 
      1. Any team visiting New Mexico to play a game or scrimmage must immediately travel to the place of lodging upon arrival and remain there until it is time to travel to the field, arena or stadium to play. 
        1. All visiting team members and staff shall have meals delivered to their rooms or place of lodging. 
      2. All visiting team members and staff shall receive a negative COVID-19 test result prior to arrival. This must be completed through a PCR test and must be completed with 72 hours prior to arrival or immediately upon arrival in New Mexico.
      3. The New Mexico team must ensure that the visiting team follows all rules and protocols to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of the public. 
    5. COVID-Safe Practices 
      1. All athletes, coaches, trainers, staff members and visiting teams shall follow all COVID-safe practices. This includes wearing a mask and maintaining six feet of social distancing at all times including in gyms, weight rooms, locker rooms, recovery rooms, etc. 
      2. Athletes and staff members may only leave a residence or place of lodging to receive medical care, participate in training, practices, games, competitions, scrimmages and other team functions.
      3. Athletes and staff members shall not participate in mass gatherings outside of practice and competitive play. This includes any and all social gatherings.
      4. When traveling for away games and competitions, athletes, coaches, trainers and staff members must immediately travel to the place lodging and remain there at all times until it is time to travel to the field, arena or stadium to play. 
        1. All visiting team members and staff shall have meals delivered to their rooms or place of lodging.
      5. All requirements herein must be adhered to when traveling out of state for away games and competitions.
    6. Outbreak Policies and Procedures
      1. If an outbreak occurs, the athletic program must cease operations and test all athletes, coaches, trainers, staff members and other points of contacts, as determined by contact tracing, immediately. All individuals must isolate until they receive the test results. If an individual is COVID-19 positive, he or she must self-quarantine per the guidance of the New Mexico Department of Health. Proper accommodations, such as housing and meals, must be provided by the team to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to other team members, roommates, coaches, trainers, staff members and the community at large. 
      2. An outbreak will be determined by the New Mexico Department of Health. 
    7. Code of Conduct 
      1. A code of conduct shall be established andsigned by team management and all athletes with strict rules, protocols and procedures. Disciplinary action shall be established within the code of conduct and enforced if it is violated.
      2. The code of conduct shall be observed at all times in both on-field and off-field settings. 
      3. Coaches, trainers and staff members shall also adhere to a code of conduct.

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