COVID-19 Baseball Safety Guidelines
Event or facilities administrators
Do you have symptoms?
Have you had Exposure?
If you answered "yes" to the mentioned, then follow government guidelines and do not attend the event.
Event Administrators Guidelines
If there is a conflict between these guidelines and the government guidelines, the government terms will control that conflict.
- A risk assessment should take place before any event to ensure the risks are identified and mitigated. See BBF Appendix Risk Assessment.
- All participants and attendees (including players, officials, organisers, volunteers and spectators) are aware of COVID-19 symptoms and the need to self-assess before attending every sporting activity. Any participant or other attendee reporting symptoms does not attend and is directed to follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation.
- Participants are aware of any increased risk associated with taking part in sporting activity, based on the national governing body’s guidance and risk assessment.
- Participants are strongly advised to comply with public health restrictions and avoid high-risk behaviour outside the sports setting to reduce the risk to their fellow participants when they do attend.
- Participants continue to adhere to legal gathering limits before and after sporting activities, act responsibly andlimit transmission risk wherever possible.
- Ensure you are collecting information from participants, spectators and other attendees, which is detailed enough to allow NHS Test and Trace to contact them if necessary.
- Ensure you are collecting information from participants, spectators and other attendees, which is detailed enough to allow NHS Test and Trace to contact them if necessary (as set out in the NHS Test and Trace section above).
- Ensure that all sessions comply with the BBF's safeguarding policies and procedures, with particular consideration to children and young people, and vulnerable adults who may be less able to understand or maintain social distancing discipline.
- Participants are aware that they are choosing to take part in the modified version of the game, including any relevant COVID-19 measures, and should comply with these measures as a condition of participation.
- Limiting capacity at the venue for the safety of all and following local and government guidelines.
- Increased frequency of sanitation items of high touch areas, bathrooms, dugouts, etc.
- Providing separate entrances and exits at venues when possible.
- Posted signs where reasonable communicating all safety guidelines.
- No water cooler service provided.
- Toilets (when allowed to open) should be well ventilated with a robust documented cleaning regime in place.Should any attendee present to the staff with any symptoms of Covid-19 either before entering or while in the ground they should be advised to go home immediately and follow government guidelines.
- Consideration should only be given to the operation of catering (when government guidelines allow) if proper controls are in place to minimise the risk to staff and spectators as per Covid-19 specific risk assessment.
- When spectators are allowed before, between and after games, it is essential that spectators do not congregate in groups in the vicinity of the grounds or car park as social distancing guidelines require.
- Toilets being clean and sanitised is the responsibility of the host of the event or public facility. Toliet use should be limited before and after event (where possible).
- Minimise unnecessary contact, for example by using online booking and pre-payment and encouraging contactless payments wherever possible.
- Dugouts before and after a game need to be cleaned of rubbish and disinfected before they can be reused.
- All groundskeeping work should follow government social distancing guidelines.
- Avoid spectators or others not involved in a game to be restricted from coming onto the field.
- Proper personal protective equipment - such as facemasks, visors and gloves - should be provided for the safe application of first aid.
- Check whether face coverings are required in your facility, or in certain areas, and ensure this is communicated to staff, visitors and customers.
- Clubs should register who has used the facilities and their contact details for a rolling 21-day period. The mentioned should apply to anyone taking part in the game, in playing, umpiring, managing or coaching capacity, and anyone who accesses a clubhouse.
- It is recommended to mark areas designated off limits to spectators e.g., field or dugouts.
- Reorganise field equipement as best as possible to enable physical distancing.
- Establish one way entrance and exit systems where possible to minimise direct contact with others.
- Clean rubbish, equipment or items which have been in contact with others, periodically.
- Determine the minimum number of groundskeeping at any one time to operate safely and effectively; determine how activities are organised (e.g. reducing job rotation, requiring workers to perform one activity with one set of equipment).
- You must take all reasonable steps to ensure that customers comply with the limits on gatherings. You should not take bookings for a greater number of people than is permitted, or allow such groups to enter. You should also ensure that customers are aware of the rules on gathering limits and what this means in your facility.
- No pre-game or post game celebrations or award ceremonies on or off the fields.
- Follow government social distancing and other guidelines as applicable.
- Follow venues entry and exit and parking arrangements to venues that ensures social distancing can be maintained.
- Follow venues appropriate signage to facilitate social distancing at all points throughout the facility and car park.
- Follow venues traffic flow systems where possible and appropriate.
- Review your facility’s cleaning schedules and hygiene measures. This should include providing handwashing facilities and hand sanitiser, and encouraging staff and customers to wash their hands regularly. You should pay particular attention to high-traffic areas such as entrances, touchpoints such as door handles and handrails, and shared equipment.
- Sport providers and participants can use clubhouses and hospitality facilities in line with government guidance on hospitality settings (when they are allowed to open), and there is specific advice for sport facility operators. People using clubhouses and hospitality facilities must adhere to legal gathering limits and wider government guidance.If facilities remain closed, exceptions must be made for essential activity such as the provision of first aid or access to essential equipment for training and matches.
- Facility operators, are responsible to carry out risk assessments and take the necessary steps to mitigate risks.
- Facility operations should assign a Key Covid contact, who is responsible for the facilities adherence to covid governament guidelines, risk assessments, and communicating to the public. His or her contact details should be made aware to all visitors.
- After contact with an injured participant, physios and other medical personnel should clean their hands thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser at the earliest opportunity. This advice is applicable to all situations, regardless of whether there was close contact or the minimum social distancing was maintained. They should also avoid touching their mouth, eyes and nose.
- Physios and medical personnel should keep a record of each participant they have come into contact with, to support NHS Test and Trace (advice set out above in the section on NHS Test and Trace may be helpful). Records should be kept for 21 days and then destroyed. Those working at a sport event should familiarise themselves with the guidance for first responders, in case of emergency situations.
- Participants are restricted from congregating at a venue before and after the baseball activity.
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