First of all, thank you for your involvement in Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation programming. We are thrilled to have our community’s youth outdoors and staying active as we enter into the Fall season. As always, the health and safety of our community – especially those involved in our programs – remains our top priority. Our department is taking steps to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but this is a community effort, and one which requires the support and assistance from all of us to be effective.
As most of you are aware, the Central Michigan District Health Department recently issued a public health emergency order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This order reinforces the importance of all participants adhering to our program safety guidelines. To host our programs, the guidelines below must be followed:
- Equipment and supplies for outdoor athletic practices are shared to the minimum extent possible and are subject to frequent and thorough disinfection and cleaning as outlined in Executive Order 2020-160.
- The gathering is designed to ensure that persons not part of the same household maintain six feet of distance from one another at all times.
- The gathering must continue to comply with mask wearing provisions of Executive Order 2020-153.
Soccer and flag football practices take place in public spaces, and are highly visible to the general public. All it takes is one person to voice a concern or complaint putting both programs in jeopardy. Therefore, we must ALL remain vigilant and keep interactions to a minimum, wear a face covering, and maintain proper social distancing. If we all do our part, we can continue to keep our kids active and engaged this Fall. In addition, we can be an example to our community that these programs can operate in a safe and responsible manner.
Thank you once again to our participating families and volunteer coaches for doing your part in keeping our community safe and providing our youth with a rewarding outdoor experience this Fall. Please stay safe and healthy and we will see you on the field.
Ryan Longoria, CPRP
Director of Recreation and Sports
City of Mt. Pleasant