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AYSO Area 5C Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Tennessee

State of Tennessee Guidelines for Competitive Sports

As of May 22, 2020, the State of Tennessee declares through Executive Order No. 38, by the governor,
that contact sporting events (this includes soccer) and activities are prohibited.
On June 29, 2020, Executive Order No. 50, extends the effect to end on August 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

~ STATE OF TENNESSEE EXECUTIVE ORDER BY THE GOVERNOR NO. 38 - MAY 22, 2020 (Paragraph 2, Section c)
~ STATE OF TENNESSEE EXECUTIVE ORDER BY THE GOVERNOR NO. 50 - JUNE 29, 2020 (Paragraph 41)

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AYSO Disclaimer, Assumption of Risk and Waiver  Addendum 
(for travel soccer games in the State of Alabama or other states allowing competitive sports play)

All AYSO players, coaches, and referees participating in practice, scrimmages, games, or other AYSO activities must sign an ASSUMPTION OF RISK WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY AGREEMENT
prior to stepping onto the field-of-play (pitch). 
It is recommended that coaches and referees carry extra blank copies of this agreement should a parent and/or player not have one signed. If a parent and/or player(s) does not have the above mentioned agreement signed, 
there are no forms available to sign the agreement, or refuses to sign the agreement, 
that player(s) will not be allowed to participate. 

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STATE OF TENNESSEE EXECUTIVE ORDER BY THE GOVERNOR, NO. 50

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AN ORDER TO FACILITATE AND RESPOND TO CONTINUING EFFECTS OF COVID-19 BY EXTENDING EXECUTIVE ORDER NOS. 36 & 38 (AS AMENDED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 49)

Effective at 11:59 p.m., Central Daylight Time, on June 30, 2020, Paragraph No. 17 of Executive Order No. 38, dated May 22, 2020, is hereby deleted and the following language is substituted instead:

17.  Term and effective date, This Order shall remain in effect until 11:59 p.m., Central Daylight Time, on
        August 29, 2020.

The provision of Executive Order No. 49 amending Executive Order No. 36 and 38 remains in full force and effect. 

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STATE OF TENNESSEE EXECUTIVE ORDER BY THE GOVERNOR, NO. 38

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AN ORDER EXPANDING THE NUMBER OF TENNESSEANS WHO MAY RETURN TO WORK SAFELY WHILE URGING CONTINUED ADHERENCE TO HEALTH AND SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

WHEREAS,
 in recent months, local, state, and federal officials have taken numerous actions to limit the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19); and

WHEREAS, between March 22, 2020, I issued executive orders directing that Tennesseans stay at home unless engaging in essential activity or essential services, prohibiting large social gatherings, and limiting the operation or visitation of certain businesses and venues, in accordance with guidelines issued by President Trump and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and

WHEREAS, because of the progress made in flattening the COVID-19 curve in Tennessee, the enormous damage suffered by many businesses and individuals as a result of COVID-19, and the importance of encouraging many Tennesseans to return to work, and the Governor of Economic Recovery Group issued numerous sets of guidelines for the sale operation of a variety of types of businesses; and

WHEREAS, our progress in reopening Tennessee while limiting the spread of COVID-19 has continued, as many Tennesseans have returned to work, more guidance has been developed regarding how businesses can keep their employees and customers safe, hospitalization rates continue to be stable, our mortality rates remain lower than national averages, and testing capacity continues to increase across the state; and

WHEREAS, as a result of this continued progress in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in Tennessee, it is appropriate to encourage more Tennesseans to return to work to support their families and communities while trusting and expecting them to continue to limit non-essential activity and follow the practices that have resulted in this progress (the "Health Guidelines"), including:

For individuals
a.   Maintaining at least six (6) feet of distance from other persons;
b.   Practicing good personal hygiene and observing other CDC recommendations;
c.   Remaining at home if you feel sick;
d.   Working from home whenever possible;
e.   Avoiding discretionary travel and large gatherings; and
f.   Avoiding visitation or close contact with vulnerable persons or those who are sick; and

For employers
a.   Implementing appropriate policies and practices in accordance with state and federal guidance to facilitate social
       distancing, temperature checks, sanitation, use of disinfection of common areas, and reduced business travel;
b.   Monitoring employees for symptoms and prohibiting employees with symptoms from returning to work until cleared
       by a medical provider; and
c.   Cooperate with governmental contact tracing guidelines for employees or customers who test positive for
       COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the threat of COVID-19 remains very serious, and with this increased ability to return to work comes increased personal responsibility on the part of each Tennessean to protect themselves and others by following the Health Guidelines to slow the spread of this virus, and therefore, all Tennesseans are strongly urged to continue to diligently follow the Health Guidelines at all times; and

WHEREAS, in addition to other emergency management powers granted by law, Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 58-2-107(c), provides that during a state of emergency, the Governor is authorized to suspend laws and rules regarding the conduct of state business if necessary to cope with the emergency, order evacuation from certain areas, make orders concerning entry and exit and the occupancy of premises within an emergency area, and take measures concerning the conduct of civilians and the calling of public meetings and gatherings, among other things; and

WHEREAS, the temporary suspension of selected state laws and rules and the other measHelures contained herein are necessary to facilitate the response to the current emergency. 

NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Lee, Governor of the State of Tennessee, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Tennessee Constitution and other applicable law, to keep the citizens of the State of Tennessee safe and healthy, do hereby declare a continuing state of emergency to facilitate the response to COVID-19 and order the following statewide:

1.   Return to work, Persons, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to return to work consistent with the
      with the provisions of this Order and while following to the greatest extent practicable the Health Guidelines and the
      operational guidance issued by the Governor's Economic Recovery Group (e.g., Tennessee Pledge).

a.   Health Guidelines. All employers and businesses are strongly urged to take all practicable steps to equip, 
      encourage, allow, or require and permit employees to work remotely or via telework from home, and employees
      and their customers should practice good hygiene and observe the Health Guidelines to reduce the spread of
      COVID=19 to the greatest extent practicable. 

b.   ERG Guidelines. All venues, employers, and businesses are expected to operate in accordance with, and to
      fulfill the spirit of, applicable operational guidance issued by the Governor's Economic Recovery Group (e.g.,
      Tennessee Pledge), which are available at the following web address and may be periodically updated:
      https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery.htrml. Generally applicable guidelines and industry-
      specific guidelines for certain industries have been and will continue to be released by the ERG. If an employer,
      business, or industry does not operate in a safe manner, or if health outcomes demonstrate that a particular
      business or industry sector is unable to be operated in a sufficiently safe manner, the Governor and/or other
      applicable state official(s) may issue additional health and safety orders as may be appropriate under the 
      circumstances.

2.   Social distancing remains imperative

a.   CDC guidance states that "COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-
      person", and therefore every person is strongly urged to maintain at least six (6) feet of separation from
      persons outside their household to the greatest extent practicable.

b.   To ensure appropriate social distancing for the purposes of social or recreational gatherings, including, but not
      limited to, festivals, fairs, parades, large parties or picnics, sporting events and activities (in accordance with 
      Paragraph 2.c. and 2.d.), summary youth camps, and other types of social or recreational assemblies or
      gatherings, persons in the State of Tennessee should to the greatest extent practicable maintain at least six (6)
      feet of separation from person outside their household, and shall not in any event be a group of fifty (50) or
      more total persons for the purposes of social and recreational activities or events; provided, that this limitation
      does not necessarily prohibit fifty (50) or more persons from gathering in a single place or venue for an activity
      or event if they are in separate, otherwise permissible smaller groups that substantially maintain six (6) feet or
      more of separation from other persons or separate groups. For example, under this Paragraph 2, more than 
      fifty (50) persons may sit in a set of bleachers and watch and event provided that persons or multiple smaller
      groups of persons are spread out from one another and maintain at least six (6) feet of separation from other
      groups or persons. 

c. Contact sporting events and activities are prohibited under this Order; provided, that collegiate and
professional sporting events and activities may be conducted if permitted by, and pursuant to, the rules
or guidelines of their respective governing bodies. Noncontact sporting events and activities, and
spectating for such events and activities, are permissible subject to applicable social distancing
provided for herein.

d. For purposes of this Paragraph 2:

i. "Contact sporting events and activities" are sports for which there is a requirement or substantial
likelihood of routine, sustained close proximity or physical contact between participants. For
example, some sports, such as wrestling are scored by impacting an opponent, while others,
including football or rugby, require tackling of players. Others like basketball, soccer, lacrosse,
rugby, ice and field hockey, rowing, mixed martial arts wrestling, boxing, and other combat sports
involve participants being in close, sustained proximity and likelihood of physical contact.
"Contact sporting events and activities" does not include training or otherwise engaging in
elements or aspects of such sports or activities in a manner that do not involve close contact with
other persons; and


ii. "Noncontact sporting events and activities" means sports that can be conducted while substantially
maintaining appropriate social distancing, and that involve at most only close contact or proximity
between participants that is incidental to the activity. Such sports include, but are not limited to, baseball,
softball, volleyball, golf, disc golf, tennis and other racket sports, cycling, swimming, track and field and
running events, and equestrian.

e. Further operational guidance from the Governor's Economic Recovery Group (e.g., Tennessee Pledge)
regarding youth sporting events and summer youth camps is forthcoming.

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