GPSD Statement on COVID-19

UPDATED 3/30 @ 10:15 AM

The league plans on meeting during our 'normal' scheduled monthly meeting time for April on the 13th. We plan on this meeting to be a Zoom virtual meeting instead of in person due to COVID-19 concerns. During this meeting we will be discussing the potential of the remainder of the season and our timeline.

Currently the league is preliminarily looking into a potential of a 5-game spring season without championship matches starting in late May. Again, this is not already been decided; however, myself and the league trying to be proactive from a scheduling stand point.

Currently our challenge with scheduling is many of our facilities are closed through the end of April so there will be a tight turnaround time along with many other organizations communicating with facilities once social distancing restrictions begin to slowly lift. We ask that everyone be patient as we hope to get the Spring 2020 season off the ground.

We also would like everyone to keep perspective that there is a possibility the Spring 2020 season will not be played and the league will discuss our plans should that occur as well; however, currently the Spring 2020 season is still officially in suspended state and not a canceled state. Please keep in mind there are currently not any plans to extend the season into summer as many teams have a hard time fielding teams during the summer months - the league still plans on upholding tradition on allowing teams to enjoy their summer vacations.

UPDATED 3/23 @ 11:47 AM

'Stay at home' directives from Gov. Kate Brown as of Monday 10:30 AM: https://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-stay-at-home-order-coronavirus-covid-19-kate-brown/

Spring 2020 updates to follow soon.

UPDATED ON 3/18 @ 11:38 AM

Managers and Members:

As of right now, the GPSD HAS POSTPONED MATCHES THROUGH 4/28/2020 due to the health concerns and public safety as it is related to COVID-19 cases.

Unfortunately GPSD has had to postpone matches through the end of April (4/28/2020) due to several factors:

- Executive Order 20-07 signed by the Oregon State Govenor

- Many of our fields we permit with have pulled their permits and we are unable to hold matches at the facilities we partner with.

- Due to the differeing time length of facility closures GPSD felt it was in best interest to postpone the season for the time being instead of playing a partial/staggered schedule.

No decision has been made on the Spring 2020 as of now. The league is currently halting payments to our permit issuers and should Spring 2020 not proceed we will discuss and inform how refunds will be handled.

Questions regarding the Spring 2020 season may receive a delayed response as we all continue to understand this to be a fluid situation with no current direction.

As it relates to field use through the end of the month. Please understand that GPSD no longer holds permits at facilities we partner with and permission to use the facility during postponement is no longer up to GPSD. If you decide to show up to a facility and are asked to leave you must do so as GPSD no longer holds permits for facilities through 4/28/2020.

The COVID-19 case is an active situtation that is rapidly changing as the hours and days pass. As a league we know everyone wants to be on the field, but in the interest of safety we will not be holding matches for the foreseeable future.

We urge you to read and follow the below statement from U.S. Soccer.

We will do what we can to resolve these situations as they occur, but please be patient and understand the complexity of the situation.

Thank you for your time,
Greater Portland Soccer District

With the increasing number of cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) being reported across the world, U.S. Soccer's leadership has reviewed and will continue to monitor all international and domestic programming for our National Teams and staff. As part of this review, we are working closely in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and international agencies including the State Department, USOPC, IOC and FIFA in real time to guide decisions on travel and participation.

Our main priority is the safety and well-being of our players, coaches and staff. For this reason we have modified some of our travel policies, and are reaffirming best practices for illness prevention.

As members of the U.S. Soccer family, we would encourage you to carefully look at your own programming - including events and travel - and stay in contact with our office as well as your local and state departments of Public Health with further questions. We will endeavor to provide all members with timely and relevant information on Coronavirus.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. Everyday preventive actions should be taken, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow the CDC's recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including Coronavirus.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Our primary commitment and focus at all times is the health and safety of our U.S. Soccer family, so please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or comments.

 

Additionally, here are a number of different resources and communications from the CDC and other organizations regarding the Coronavirus:

CDC - Coronavirus Overview

CDC - Travel Recommendations (China)

CDC - Frequently Asked Questions

CDC - Travelers Health

WHO - Advice for Coronavirus

U.S. Department of State

USOPC - Coronavirus Update

Sincerely,

Dr. George Chiampas
Chief Medical Officer
U.S. Soccer