Special Olympics Minnesota has established Return to Play Requirements for team practices. These requirements follow the protocol from Special Olympics International that all Special Olympics programs within the organization must follow. These requirements may be more restrictive than CDC or Minnesota Department of Health guidelines due to the fact that individuals with intellectual disabilities are at a higher risk of complications and death from COVID-19.
The Return to Play requirements will provide athletes, coaches, delegations and organizations involved with Special Olympics Minnesota information to assist them in a return to training and play within the context of COVID-19. Since these requirements are meant to be used for a variety of sports and activities in a number of settings, they cannot be prescriptive; rather, they should be used as a starting point for local programs interested in building a return-to-play plan of their own that matches their specific situations and environments.