Frequently Asked Questions
The following are some of the frequently asked questions about Return to Program.
Check back from time to time as this list will be updated on an ongoing basis.
This website provides information on the regions within Ontario and their respective Stages: https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-stages#regions
Please visit the following page to access the list of communities and their respective health units.
First, you should speak with the facility manager/owner/operator to discuss your concerns. If that does not improve the situation, it is recommended you discontinue your use of that facility until their cleaning protocols do meet the requirement set out by the Health Unit.
If washroom facilities are available, the athlete will be required to go to the washroom to wash their hand regularly through the training session. If washroom facilities are not available, the athlete will be required to attend the training session with an alternate method of washing their hands (soap/bottled water, hydrogen peroxide, etc)
If you are a registered athlete/coach/volunteer Special Olympics Ontario and you have completed the Special Olympics Declaration form, you will be covered under the Special Olympics Insurance Plan.
The Declaration Form must be signed by ALL athletes/coaches/volunteers who are registered in a Special Olympics Program. The Declaration Form is required because it is an integral part of the requirements laid out by our insurance company.
Each community council will be asked to provide hand sanitizer to their respective sport programs.
Non-medical masks are now a part of everyday life for many communities across the province so participants will need to provide their own non-medical mask to attend training session. Each community council will be also be asked to provide a small supply of disposable masks that coaches will have in their first aid kits.
Face shields are a new requirement for our First Aid kits. Given that face shields are a little more difficult to acquire and are a little more costly, Special Olympics Ontario will purchase face shields in a mass purchase and will distribute those to the communities as requested.
Whether you are an athlete or a coach, you are not obligated to return to programs. It will be your decision as to when you are ready to begin attending training sessions. We ask that you let your Head Coach/Community Council know that you will not be returning so they can plan training sessions accordingly.
Program Consultant = District Developer
It is the responsibility of the facility management to ensure all facility users abide by the COVID-19 protocols that have been mandated by the provincial government and the local health district. Therefore, you should speak with the facility manager/owner/operator to discuss your concerns. If that does not improve the situation, it is recommended you discontinue your use of that facility until the facility management can guarantee the situation has resolved.
Carpooling can take place with persons within your designated “Social Circle” (as defined by the Provincial Government). We do recommend you wear a mask while carpooling. Carpooling is not recommended with people who are not within your designated “Social Circle”.