2022 Return to Play Guidelines

The COVID-19 pandemic introduces a number of different challenges for delegations. Our number one goal is to get athletes active and training together again while keeping their safety and well-being as the cornerstone to all of our decisions on a state level. On this page you will find the guidelines that will allow athletes, coaches, and Unified Partners to get back to physical activity in a safe, phased approach.

GREEN – Low risk

Practice size
Outdoors: No restrictions
Indoors: Follow venue rules

Masks
Not required

Onsite screening
None

Type of sport
No restrictions

Transportation
Shared transportation is permitted, but masks are recommended for all individuals.

Accommodations
Vaccinated individuals can share a room. If one individual is unvaccinated, max of 2 per room, unless living in the same household.

YELLOW – Moderate risk

Practice size
Outdoors: No restrictions
Indoors: Follow venue rules

Masks
Required indoors for all participants except during play. Not required outdoors.

Onsite screening
None

Type of sport
No restrictions

Transportation
Shared transportation is permitted, but masks are recommended for all individuals.

Accommodations
Vaccinated individuals can share a room. If one individual is unvaccinated, max of 2 per room, unless living in the same household.

ORANGE – Significant risk

Practice size
Outdoors: No restrictions
Indoors: Fewer than 100 participants

Masks
Required for all participants except during play.

Onsite screening
Complete screening & tracking form

Type of sport
No restrictions

Transportation
Private transportation encouraged.

Accommodations
Overnight accommodations not permitted.

RED – Very high risk

Virtual activities only.

FAQs

Where can I track my county’s COVID-19 case rate?
What paperwork is needed for practice?

All athletes, coaches, Unified partners, Heads of Delegations and team assistants are required to complete the online COVID-19 Training & Waiver and have up-to-date certifications on file (athlete medical/consent, coach certifications, background checks, etc.) prior to beginning practice.

Is vaccination required?

At this time, SOMN is NOT requiring vaccination for participation.

Is the COVID-19 vaccination survey required?

Yes. The COVID-19 vaccination survey is required to be submitted for each sports team and is due the same date as registration for a competition.

What if a participant tests positive for COVID-19 or is exposed at practice?

If someone in your delegation tests positive for COVID-19, you must report the case to SOMN.

Participants who are found to have COVID-19 symptoms should get tested. Visit the Minnesota Department of Health website for options.

  • Participants who test positive for COVID-19 must sit out for a minimum of 10 days, including a minimum of 5 days after symptoms resolve.
  • Athletes who have at any time tested positive for or currently have COVID-19 must provide written medical clearance before returning to sport and fitness activities. For athletes who have a current medical on file, this means that they can submit a note from their doctor directly to SOMN. If the athlete does not have a current medical on file, they must get a new physical exam (dated after their positive COVID-19 test result) to update their medical before returning to practice.

If a Special Olympics participant was exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, you must report the case to SOMN.

The Minnesota Department of Health defines exposure or close contact as spending a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period within 6 feet or less of a person with COVID-19.

Individuals do not need to quarantine if:

  • They are 5 years of age or older and have completed all recommended vaccine doses, including a booster. However, they should get tested at least 5 days after close contact. If they test positive, follow the above protocols.
  • They have had COVID-19 in the past three months. They do not need to get tested at 5 days after close contact if they do not have symptoms.

Individuals do need to quarantine if:

  • They are not vaccinated or not up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  • Unvaccinated participants who were in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for Covid-19 must sit out for a minimum of 10 days. If they have symptoms, they must sit out for a minimum of 5 days after symptoms resolve. If they get tested for Covid-19 and the test result is negative, they may return to practices and activities.
Where can I learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine?

Please visit the Minnesota Department of Health website for information about and resources on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Who should I contact if I have specific questions?

Please contact [email protected].