As most are aware, there have been some recent changes to the CDC recommendations and guidelines as of May 18th, 2021. Furthermore, OHA (Oregon Health Authority) has adopted the stance of CDC and the following announcement is in effort to stay in line with both CDC and OHA recommendations:
OHA strongly recommends that individuals who are unvaccinated or who are at risk for severe COVID-19 disease continue to wear a mask, or face covering when in outdoor crowded areas and in outdoor large gatherings of individuals and maintain physical distancing. “Unvaccinated” includes those who have not had the full dosage of the Vaccine; those that have had the full dosage of the vaccine, but are within 2 weeks (14 days) of having received the full dosage; and those who are not getting the vaccine, regardless the reason.
Following OHA guidelines for individuals outdoors, masks are no longer required for any Portland Co-ed Soccer matches. This will include any participant at the permitted facility during the scheduled match time. The scheduled match time is to include the 15 minutes prior to the scheduled kickoff and the two hours and 15 minutes after the scheduled kickoff time.
For those that are still concerned about the current climate, any participant is still welcome to wear a mask; however, for players that choose to wear a mask it must be a soft cloth covering – no face shields are allowed under any circumstances.
Please understand that some participants may still choose to wear a mask, but that it will no longer be a requirement for any Portland Co-ed match.
Lastly, please continue to be mindful of your social distancing when appropriate and please continue to wash your hands. Be safe and good luck in your matches!