Soccer tourney attracting thousands of youths a concern for Allegheny County health officials – WTAE Pittsburgh

A youth soccer tournament attracting thousands of players and parents to Western Pennsylvania this weekend has Allegheny County officials worried about possible spread of COVID-19.Tournament officials said they are following the county’s 50-person limit for outside gatherings and taking other measures to ensure safety.”Our goal is to get them in and get them out, keep them in small groups, keep everybody safe,” said Fred Lucas, president of the Plum Area Youth Soccer Club. “We’ve spent a lot of time putting a plan together to keep everybody safe and that’s our main goal. To keep everybody safe.”Masks will be required for all spectators and for youths who are not playing. There will be a limit of one spectator per player. No concessions will be sold.But county officials said they will be keeping close watch over the tournament.”We have gotten some calls about that tournament and we will be checking in on them and enforcing it ,” County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said.”Somebody who’s not symptomatic, and in this age group you have many who are not symptomatic, they can effectively spread the virus to a large group of people, so I ask organizers to be very careful and cautious,” said Dr. Debra Bogen, the county’s public health director.She said the virus can also spread through cheering or yelling, so it is critical for fans to wear masks.But Andrea Shafer of Plum, grandmother of two youths playing in the tournament, said she is not concerned.”The tournament is very well run. The people who run it are very conscientious and they want to do the right thing,” she said.

A youth soccer tournament attracting thousands of players and parents to Western Pennsylvania this weekend has Allegheny County officials worried about possible spread of COVID-19.

Tournament officials said they are following the county’s 50-person limit for outside gatherings and taking other measures to ensure safety.

“Our goal is to get them in and get them out, keep them in small groups, keep everybody safe,” said Fred Lucas, president of the Plum Area Youth Soccer Club. “We’ve spent a lot of time putting a plan together to keep everybody safe and that’s our main goal. To keep everybody safe.”

Masks will be required for all spectators and for youths who are not playing. There will be a limit of one spectator per player. No concessions will be sold.

But county officials said they will be keeping close watch over the tournament.

“We have gotten some calls about that tournament and we will be checking in on them and enforcing it [county health rules],” County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said.

“Somebody who’s not symptomatic, and in this age group you have many who are not symptomatic, they can effectively spread the virus to a large group of people, so I ask organizers to be very careful and cautious,” said Dr. Debra Bogen, the county’s public health director.

She said the virus can also spread through cheering or yelling, so it is critical for fans to wear masks.

But Andrea Shafer of Plum, grandmother of two youths playing in the tournament, said she is not concerned.

“The tournament is very well run. The people who run it are very conscientious and they want to do the right thing,” she said.