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Return to Activities during COVID-19

On this page you will find the protocol and accompanying materials for guidance on Returning to Activities during the COVID-19 crisis.

Special Olympics COVID-19 Guidance December 2022

UPDATED Frequently Asked Questions

As of December 19th 2022


Virtual Athlete Release Form (DOCX)

This optional form may be used for any individual with intellectual disabilities (and/or unified partner) who was NOT previously registered but is participating Special Olympics’ virtual/online fitness, sports, leadership and inclusion programming services.

General Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity (US example) (DOCX)

This form was created especially for and at the request of U.S. Programs due to a shared corporate insurance program and their liability concerns. The primary intent of this form is for fundraising event participants. However, this is an example that other Regions may choose to use for their fundraising events as well. Programs must keep in mind that depending on the jurisdiction, the effect of signed waivers, of the waiver requirements themselves may differ. Consult with legal counsel locally.

Communicable Disease Waiver for Participants

For U.S. Programs only: All athletes, Unified partners, coaches and volunteers must submit this waiver to their respective Program prior to returning to in-person activities. Please read the accompanying memo for full details and frequently asked questions.

Additional Guidance

*UPDATED Healthy Athletes Guidance – Return to Screening (PDF)

This document provides a list of general recommendations that apply across all disciplines for what precautions and protocols must be in place in order to resume Healthy Athletes events in each Phase. More detailed guidance on venue flow for each discipline coming soon.
Download DOCX

*UPDATED Resources for Sport Risk (PDF)

Developed by SONA, this is an example of general recommendations and links to international and US sport federations. All Regions/Programs should use this resource for general sport specific guidance, but may also want to add links to the appropriate national sport governing bodies.

*UPDATED Young Athletes Return to Activities Addendum (PDF)

Additional guidance for Special Olympics Programs, teachers and coaches implementing Young Athletes activities to ensure the health and safety of our youngest participants.

Education Resources