Friday, March 13, 2020

DGLFFL: COVID-19/Coronavirus Updates

By Jodie Turner, DGLFFL Commissioner

Those of you following the news today may have heard that due to the COVID-19 virus several Denver institutions have temporarily shut down while many national sports leagues such as the NBA, NHL, and MLS have postponed their seasons. We understand that members of the League feel strongly about both sides of this issue; however, ​the Board feels at this time it is prudent to cancel all weekend events through Monday, March 16th, which includes the skills clinic. The draft will take place virtually and captains will be provided more details on this process. We will provide a league update no laterthan Tuesday, March 17th unless we are informed otherwise by Denver Parks and Recreation.​ Thiswas not an easy decision for us but given the rapidly changing situation, we felt this was the best courseof action that aligns with the National Gay Flag Football League (NGFFL), the Center for Disease Control(CDC), Colorado Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and Denver Parks & Recreation (“Parks and Rec”).

In alignment with CDC recommendations, the DGLFFL is encouraging all members to adopt the followingbest practices during your normal day to day activities:

●DO NOT attend any events (including socials) if you are feeling ill or experiencing respiratory illness symptoms
●Practice respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene as noted below in the CDC preventative measures
●Hand sanitizer will not prevent the virus that causes COVID-19, however personal-use hand sanitizers will reduce the risk of coming in contact with potentially harmful germs that can complicate the illness. Players should be aware of good hygiene practices such as washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds whenever possible.
●Do not share water or other beverages with others.
●Always cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when you sneeze or cough. Avoid close contact (touching or shaking hands) with people who are sick.
●Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes at all times. Think before you touch foreign objects.It's common sense. Don't touch your face with dirty hands. This includes discarding sweat or dirtoff your face. Your face is the most vulnerable exposed area and most likely place to contract the virus.

While this is surely an uncertain time, we urge everyone to remain calm, patient, and vigilant.There are simple guidelines that you can follow to protect yourself, which we've listed above (and belowin addition to other helpful links). Your health and safety are paramount. ​It isn't just about your personal health but also about the health of everyone else you may come in contact with.

Please know that player safety is our top priority.​ To ensure updates reach all league members, wewill provide these updates via email, newsletter, website and social media post. Please don't hesitate toreach out if you have questions or concerns.All the best,