Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates:
May 18, 2020
Effective Monday, May 18, 2020, Downtown Sports/Franklin Soccer School remains closed. This is in compliance with Governor Baker's standing order for non-essential businesses to remain closed while the government re-opens the state in various "phases". At present, the state of MA is at "phase 1" and our Downtown Sports appears to fall under the "Phase 3" category. We are seeking clarity on this, for planning purposes. We will continue to monitor the situation and hope to see you all in the very near future. Be safe and well! For more info, go to https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts
March 24, 2020
Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Downtown Sports/Franklin Soccer School is closed. This is in compliance with Governor Baker's recent order for non-essential businesses to close. We will continue to monitor the situation and hope to see you all in the very near future. Be safe and well!
March 16, 2020
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Downtown Sports/Franklin Soccer School is limiting occupancy for rental events to 25 people, or less. This is in accordance with Governor Baker's recent restrictions. For most organizations renting at Downtown Sports, this effectively means parents will need to drop off and pick up, rather than staying to watch. Organizations should plan accordingly.
March 13, 2020
Effective Friday, March 13, 2020, Downtown Sports/Franklin Soccer School is suspending all Smart Soccer and Winter Basketball programs due to the evolving COVID-19 situation. For our customers, this includes, but is not limited to: all Winter Basketball Skills, March Parents Night Out, Open Court and Smart Soccer programs.
Trusting that players, coaches and spectators would never knowingly compromise themselves or others, the fact is that our sports and their related activities provide an opportunity for the virus to spread which we feel is our duty to help avoid (excerpt from the CDC below):
“...COVID-19 is mainly spread through respiratory droplets (sneeze, cough, or sweat) when in close contact (within 6 feet) OR by touching a surface with such droplets and then touching one’s own mouth, nose or eyes...”
Our decision to suspend sports related activities and promote social distancing was made in accordance with guidance we received from public health and medical professionals at the federal, state and local levels. We don’t take these types of decisions lightly. But, in the interest of making the health and safety of our sports families, in addition to all others statewide, paramount, we know this is the right step to take.
Please note that this policy extends to our Downtown Sports and Franklin Soccer School programs, only. Organizations who have rented space for their activities will still have access to their time slots and we anticipate that those organizations will make their own decisions as they deem appropriate. Downtown Sports will continue to maintain cleanliness at the facility.
Downtown Sports will evaluate conditions on a continuing basis to determine when it is appropriate to reinstate our programs. Further communications will be provided via email and on our website.
We will be contacting all families who have registered in our programs with more updates and details very soon.
Please stay safe and healthy during these crazy times!
Kevin and Rich
March 12, 2020
Dear Downtown Sports Families,
Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our guests. As concerns continue to grow about Coronavirus (COVID-19), Downtown Sports is taking precautions necessary to create an environment for our guests that is as safe as possible. With the rapidly changing information, we’re doing our best to keep abreast.
What Downtown Sports is doing?
• Closely monitoring the situation and taking action. We’re following updates on COVID-19, including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC-FAQ's) and local health officials. We’ll continue to take actions necessary to help protect the Downtown Sports community and be ready to act, as needed. At this time, there are no changes to any programs or activities.
• Helping with prevention. We’re cleaning all frequently touched surfaces in the facility as well as encouraging players to wash their hands frequently. We’re discouraging any personal contact that’s not sports related (high fives, handshakes, fist bumps, etc.).
• Feeling sick? Stay home. Closely monitoring the health of our staff and enforcing any and all to stay home and not come to work even with the slightest of symptoms.
At the same time, we request that all of our patrons follow the same vigilance. Practice good hygiene by washing your hands frequently (20 seconds), cover your nose & mouth if you have to sneeze or cough, and stay home if you are feeling sick. In an effort to comply with “social distancing” guidelines, we also encourage parents to drop off and pick up, rather than staying to watch, whenever possible, to minimize crowds in the lobby and viewing areas.
Right now, no changes have been made to any programs or activities but, ultimately, there’s no replacement for your own good judgement. We trust that parents will make their own decisions for their children.
Small actions can make a big difference when everyone helps out -- thanks for doing your part.