I support option A. Keep the fields open with restrictions. My daughter loves playing soccer. Restrict the out of state teams from flooding the state. Soccer parents follow the guidelines and so do the girls on the field. The exercise in itself provides great health benefits for the kids. Do not take this from the kids, they have suffered plenty. Put the restrictions in place and you will see sports are not to blame for the covid cases rising.
I support Option A and leaving the field allocations as is. There is no direct correlation between OUTDOOR sports and an increase in Covid cases. During all of the past tournaments, games and practices, the valley teams have been following STRICT guidelines of social distancing, mask wearing (OUTDOORS) and staying home when ill. Exercise is extremely important in staying healthy, as is mental health. Allow citizens to follow guidelines and decide what is best for their own families.
I am a fire Captain with a local City Fire Dept. I support option A, keep the fields open. My daughter plays soccer and we have been playing for 2 months. The kids need this for their well-being. Don’t take this from them. The soccer community has acted responsibly and followed guidelines. They are NOT contributing to the problem. Parent social distance, people wear mask, spectators are limited in a outdoor environment. The AZ soccer community has shown they can act responsibly in these times.
Option A- Do not shut down parks. Sports provide great health benefits to those involved. Many sports have implemented strict guidelines when jet comes to facility usage. Deaths have remained flat and were higher during a time (July/August) when everything was closed. Limiting events to in state teams only and limited or no spectators is a reasonable option but completely shutting everything down only sets us back. I’d be curious how many transmissions of Covid are a direct result of sports?
I support option A. Restrict the tournaments to only allow in state teams to play. We have been following protocols and everyone stays healthy. Soccer was operating for months and the numbers were fine, until the out of state teams started flooding our fields. Sports can function with restrictions, sports provide one of the few positive outlets the kids have left.
I am a parent of a teenage baseball player. Many things can be done to allow kids to continue to safely play sports. They have already lost their school routines and for many, sports is what helps keep their mental health in check. Stricter rules can be put in place at sports facilities, the city/state can restrict out of state teams from coming into Arizona to participate in the tournaments and CDC guidelines can be enforced at tournaments by sports facility management teams.
Option B. Close outdoor sports until it is safe. Put the lives of Arizonans first and Phoenicians first.
Sam Durrani MD
Chair HonorHealth Medical Staff Covid-19 Taskforce
I urge the City Council to chose option B and cancel all field allocations/reservations and allow no use until benchmarks return to the Sept. 6, 2020, level. COVID19 spread is increasing exponentially in AZ, local hospitals are already changing rooms to double occupancy and yet do not have adequate staffing for these extra patients. We should take this relatively easy measure to help mitigate COVID spread, which will protect our community and save lives. Regards, Casey Golab, MD