MAKO COVID-19 PROTOCOL

MAKO Swimming COVID-19 Protocol

Please take time to review all sections of the MAKO Swimming COVID-19 Protocol, as there is a lot of important information included.  As changes in requirements are provided by the state, CDC, and Dept. of Health, we will adjust accordingly. 

Physical Distancing and Mask Requirements for Coaches and Athletes

  • For us all to stay healthy and be able to keep swimming, we ask our athletes to please practice responsible physical distancing both in the pool, on all pool decks, and throughout all facilities.

  • All coaches will wear masks at all times within our training facilities.

  • All athletes will wear masks while they are waiting to enter the facility, while they are entering the facility, while they are on deck before practice, and while exiting the facility.

    • Exceptions will be made for athletes with conditions that prohibit them from wearing a mask pending medical documentation.  This exception must be arranged beforehand.

  • On the deck, athletes and coaches must maintain 10 feet distance at all times.

Facility Procedures

  • Click HERE to review the specific facility procedures for GMU and The St. James.

  • There will be defined entrance and exit plans for each facility.  Athletes will not enter and/or exit the facility at the same time.

  • There will be NO locker room use. 

  • There will be NO bathroom use, unless it is an emergency.

  • Athletes will not be permitted to store their equipment bags at the facility.

  • All common areas, including the pool deck coping, will be disinfected between practices.

  • The facility will be cleaned daily following all practices. 

Health Screening Procedures

  • Click HERE to review the various health screening procedures for each MAKO facility.

  • Any athlete or staff member experiencing any symptoms of a fever, recent cough, chills, muscle pain, shortness of breath of difficulty breathing, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell, or has had any exposure to someone who has any symptoms, should remain at home and seek medical treatment.  

  • Athletes and coaches cannot have had a temperature over 100.4 degrees, a cough, or difficulty breathing in the last 14 days.  If any athlete or staff member has a fever or symptoms of a respiratory illness of unknown cause, they may not attend practice until 14 days after the fever or symptoms have ceased.

  • Athletes and coaches cannot have had close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

  • If an athlete or coach has ever been diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19, they must be deemed no longer contagious by a physician.  

MAKO Swimming will be strictly following the CDC Guidelines on When to Quarantine (click HERE).  Please review the following procedures regarding various COVID related situations you might encounter.  Questions?  Please email [email protected]

Swimmer/Coach has had close contact with someone else who has tested positive for COVID-19:

  • What counts as close contact?

    • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more

    • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19

    • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)

    • You shared eating or drinking utensils

    • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

  • Steps for the swimmer/coach to take in order to return to practice:

    • Stay home for 14 days after the last contact with the person who has COVID-19

    • Watch for fever (100.4æF), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19

    • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

    • Provide MAKO Swimming with proof that they are not deemed contagious by a physician

  • Steps for MAKO Swimming:

    • MAKOs will send an email to the site-specific families that someone in the practice has been directly exposed to someone else who has tested positive for COVID-19.  To protect the privacy of the swimmer/coach, we will not release the name of anyone who contacts us.

Swimmer/Coach Tests Positive for COVID-19:

  • Steps for the swimmer/coach to take in order to return to practice:

    • The individual should let MAKOs know immediately by emailing [email protected] 

    • The swimmer/coach will not be allowed back to practice until they test negative for COVID-19 and a physician has deemed the athlete/coach no longer contagious.

  • Steps for MAKO Swimming:

    • MAKOs will send an email to the site-specific families that someone from the practice has tested positive for COVID-19. To protect the privacy of the swimmer/coach we will not release the name of anyone who contacts us.

    • Any swimmer who has been within 10 feet of the swimmer at any time within a 2 week window will be notified and encouraged to get a test.

    • Additional protocol will be followed, as required by the State of Virginia.

Should we feel anyone is consistently not adhering to the above guidelines, they or their family’s participation in MAKO activities may be suspended.