Please be advised that the provincial office is closed as of March 16th, 2020 until further notice.
For more information and updates, please visit the Special Olympics Ontario website at: https://www1.specialolympics.ab.ca/covid-19-updates/. Please direct all questions by email at email@example.com or by phone at 1-888-333-5515 ext. 311.
October 30, 2020
Re: Province of Ontario Update regarding current COVID-19 Hotspots
The Province of Ontario has now mandated that four regions (Toronto, Peel, Ottawa and York Region) are in a modified Stage 2 status. Additionally, the province’s chief medical officer of health has also stated: “In addition, travel to other regions in the province, especially from higher transmission to lower transmission areas, should only be for essential purposes.”
In response to the new mandate, we have outlined some clarifications around the Special Olympics Ontario programs:
- Sport training sessions may continue but must not engage in any games or scrimmage type drills in all parts of the province
- Sport training sessions located within the Modified Stage 2 Regions must reduce their maximum gathering limits (10 for indoor training sessions, 25 for outdoor training sessions)
- We do not classify Special Olympics training sessions as an essential service and therefore, athletes and coaches / volunteers should not be crossing regional borders to attend a Special Olympics training session. For example, an individual should not be travelling from Peel Region to Halton Region to attend a sport training session (and vice versa).
With the current restrictions in place in those Modified Stage 2 Regions, Special Olympics Ontario will be considering multiple variables in approving the Return to Program applications within those regions.
We, as an organization maintain our primary focus is the health and safety of our membership and their families and continue to focus on virtual programming to ensure all Special Olympics Ontario members stay healthy and engaged at this time.
Please stay informed by going to our website www.specialolympicsontario.com for the latest updates.
Should you have any questions or would like to speak with a staff person about the pandemic please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-333-5515 ext. 311 and leave a message and we will follow up.
Stay safe everyone!
Thank you for understanding,
President & CEO
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Special Olympics Ontario continues to proactively monitor the situation with COVID-19. The health and safety of program and event participants are our top priority, and we encourage everyone to follow public health best practices and current information. Please see below for additional information regarding what we currently know about COVID-19 and updates from Special Olympics Ontario.
Special Olympics Ontario recommends using Ontario and Canadian health authorities for information on COVID-19, including:
For those looking to stay active in the absence of events and programming, please check out the at-home training and health resources on the Special Olympics Ontario website.