Important Information – COVID-19

Please be advised that the provincial office is closed as of March 16th, 2020 until further notice.

Please direct all questions by email at covid19@specialolympicsontario.com or by phone at 1-888-333-5515 ext. 311.


April 1, 2021

Communication Advisory

Re: Provincewide Emergency Brake Shutdown:

Premier Doug Ford has announced that the province of Ontario will enter a provincewide Emergency Brake Shut Down effective April 3, 2021.  The shutdown will be in effect for 28 days. Click here for more information.

As a result of the provincially mandated shutdown, Special Olympics Ontario will be implementing the following measures:

Public Health District

Program

Action

ALL HEALTH DISTRICTS

ALL IN-PERSON PROGRAMS

ON HOLD UNTIL MAY 1, 2021

ALL HEALTH DISTRICTS

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

PROCEED AS PLANNED

ALL HEALTH DISTRICTS

PARTNER PROGRAMS

FOLLOW RESPECTIVE PROVINCIAL SPORT ORGANIZATION GUIDELINES

Special Olympics Ontario is offering a number of opportunities to participate in virtual activities.

Healthy at Home provides options for keeping your body and mind active during the shutdown: https://sohealthyathome.ca/

Reveal Your Champion offers athletes the opportunity to set personal fitness goals and follow training sessions to achieve those goals: https://revealyourchampion.ca/

Special Olympics Ontario Virtual Games gives volunteers the opportunity to host virtual competitions to engage athletes in fun-filled sporting activities. Hosting a Virtual Games is super easy! Check it out: https://sovirtualgames.ca/

Vaccines:

Special Olympics Ontario is working with a number of like-minded organizations to advocate and support our athletes, volunteers and families. While we are encouraged that we’ve been identified as a priority group to receive vaccinations in Stage 2, there are many obstacles and challenges that exist on the ground.

The regional role-out plan doesn’t allow for symmetry and this will leave gaps and confusion in some districts. The government has acknowledged and asked for support in this regard. Expect more communication in the coming weeks that will assist and support you as we move forward.

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 covid19@specialolympicsontario.com or call 1-888-333-5515 ext. 311 and leave a message and we will follow up.

Thank you for your understanding,

Glenn MacDonell
President & CEO


COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Special Olympics encourages everyone who has access to the COVID-19 vaccine to get vaccinated. The vaccine will help protect both you and the people around you. Check with your local health authorities to find out when you can get the COVID-19 vaccine. Below are resources and frequently asked questions regarding the vaccine (click on the images below to view full sized versions).

What you need to know about the COVID-19 Vaccine

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COVID-19 Vaccine: Myth vs Fact

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Things to know about the COVID Vaccine

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What happens when I get the COVID Vaccine

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Kory's Story: Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

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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.

Info for Athletes & Caregivers
What Can I Do?

Resources

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 theat-home training and health resources on the SO Healthy @ Home website.