Guidance for Sports Activities

Posted: June 16, 2020

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has issued guidance for outdoor organized sports  which are set to resume as of June 22, 2020.

Vernon Township is pleased to be able to re-open fields but keeping the health and well-being of our employees, residents and visitors remains a top priority.

The guidance permits practices and competitions for low-risk sports (golf, tennis) that do not involve contact, and modified no-contact practices for medium-risk (soccer, baseball, softball) and high-risk (football) sports. Traditional practices and competitions for medium-risk sports are expected to be allowed as of July 6, and on July 20 for high-risk sports. As of now, only outdoor activities will be permitted.

Under the guidance, outdoor athletic facilities are permitted to open and be available for organized youth and adult sports activities. Practices and games must follow outdoor gathering limits including athletes, staff and any visitors or spectators.

Staff and parents/guardians/visitors are required to wear cloth face coverings at practices and games. Athletes are encouraged to wear masks during downtime, but not during physical activity. Nonessential visitors, spectators, staff, volunteers, vendors, members of the media, and activities involving external groups or organizations should be limited as much as possible.