October 1, 2020 -- Here are recommendations from the CDC and Johns Hopkins for pickleball that we want to share with our local pickleball community for their consideration as they continue playing, particularly as play begins to move indoors.  Please review the guidelines below so that you can protect your own health and the health of your fellow players.

Covid-19 Exposure Policy

Purpose: To provide guidance for Goshen Pickleballers and all other Pickleball players to follow, regarding group Pickleball play, should they test positive for Covid-19 or come into contact with someone that has tested positive for Covid-19.

Procedure:
1. Upon testing positive for Covid-19 or coming into contact with someone that has tested positive for Covid-19, the Pickleball player will remove themselves from all group Pickleball play.

2. The exposed Pickleball player should alert all members of the group with whom they regularly play and those who might have been exposed during Pickleball play.

3. If the Pickleball player tests positive for Covid-19, they should isolate themselves according to CDC guidelines. These guidelines require isolation from others for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. They may interact with others as soon as the 10 day period has passed and if they are free from fever for 24 hours without having taken fever reducing medications.

4. If the Pickleball player came into contact with someone that tested positive for Covid-19, they should quarantine for a period of 14 days to determine if they will develop symptoms of Covid-19. If this Pickleball player develops no symptoms during this 14 day period of quarantine, they should be tested for Covid-19 and receive a negative result for Covid-19 before returning to group Pickleball play. This will reduce the risk that this Pickleball player is an asymptomatic carrier of Covid-19. If this Pickleball player develops symptoms during this 14 day period of quarantine, they should follow Procedure 3. for someone that tests positive for Covid-19.

These procedures will be revised as the CDC and John’s Hopkins Covid-19 guidelines are updated. We appreciate everyone adhering to the guidelines set out in this policy so we can all continue to be as safe as possible while continuing to enjoy the fantastic sport of Pickleball.

Reference:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html

https://www.jhsph.edu/covid-19/questions-and-answers/