SwimMAC Carolina

SwimMAC COVID Guidelines & Requirements

Updated: As of 12-30-2021

  • Participation in any SwimMAC programming is optional. Parents and swimmers should determine what is in the best interest of their family's health and safety before participating in any programming. MAC respects the decision of any family or swimmer that elects not to participate out of health concerns.
  • Health and safety are MAC's top priorities.
  • Intentionally and flagrantly not following MAC's Wellness and COVID policies can result in removal from program/practice/competition and/or extended suspension and/or expulsion from the club.

The below guidelines, policies and procedures will remain in place until further notice. As guidance and regulations are altered, MAC will review it policies and procedures and update as required.

Protocols for Swimmers or Staff with COVID or Other Communicable Illness Symptoms

  • Swimmers or Staff may not attend practice/work if they:
    • Symptoms: If a swimmer or staff feels ill, have a temperature above 100.00ºF *(needs to be 24 hours with normal temperature before returning, without the use of fever reducing agents) has a persistent cough, excessive nasal drainage, vomiting, diarrhea, or other communicable illness symptoms. All symptoms must be gone for 24 hours without use of medicine before returning to SwimMAC.

Protocols for Swimmers or Staff with a Positive COVID Test

  • Swimmers or Staff may not attend practice/work if they:
    • If a swimmer or staff tests positive for COVID-19 they MUST remain home until:
      • It has been at least 5 days* from the start of your symptoms (or the date of test if you don't have symptoms), AND - It has been 24 hours since your fever is completely gone (without using medicine), AND -You are symptom free.

Protocols for Swimmers or Staff with Close Contact with COVID:

Close contact is defined as: less than 6 feet of a person currently infected with the virus for a for at least 15 minutes total during a 24-hour period regardless of whether a mask is worn or not.

Swimmers/Staff with: Booster vaccine shot; or it has been less than 6 months from a Moderna/Pfizer vaccine or less than 2 months since J&J vaccine:

  • Do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID unless they have symptoms. If symptoms develop, please stay home and do not return to practice/work until they have a negative test.
  • Get tested 5 days after their exposure, even if they don't have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 10 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

Swimmers/Staff: without booster vaccine shot; it has been more than 6 months from a Moderna/Pfizer vaccine or more than 2 months since J&J vaccine; or unvaccinated:

  • They may return after they stay home from programming for 5 days after last confirmed close contact exposure and have developed no symptoms. If symptoms develop, please stay home and do not return to practice/work until they have a negative test.
  • Get tested 5 days after their exposure, even if they don't have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 10 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

Protocols for ALL Swimmers and Staff Before Program/Practice:

  • Any swimmer or staff experiencing any symptoms of any communicable illness (or exposure to someone who has any symptoms) will remain at home and seek medical treatment, as needed. Please connect with your coach to get additional information on when it is safe to return to swimming.

Protocols for Participants and Staff Onsite at a SwimMAC Operated Facility:

  • Swimmers will not enter a MAC programmed facility until 5 minutes before their scheduled program.
  • Swimmers will exit the pool and the facility in a timely fashion.
  • Parents are permitted to enter the facility with their swimmer. Parents must always remain in the designated area and observe parent policies.
  • MAC will ensure the facility is being cleaned to the CDC standards.
  • Anyone that is of age 2 or older will be required to wear a “face covering” (defined below) before entering any of our facilities. Swimmers will be able to remove face coverings once programming begins but will put them back on when exiting the pool for bathroom breaks or when programming is over and leaving the pool area. Mask must remain on until you exit the facility.
    • "Face covering" means a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is simply wrapped around the lower face. A face covering can be made of a variety of synthetic and natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen. Ideally, a face covering has two (2) or more layers. A face covering may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.

Protocols for ALL Swimmers and Staff Traveling Internationally:

  • Swimmers and staff who travel internationally must get a PCR Covid test within 3-5 days of returning from travel.
  • Swimmers and staff need to self-monitor for symptoms of Covid or any other communicable illness and remain home from practice if symptoms develop (refer to Covid and Other Communicable Illness Protocols).