On August 1st we released our Return to Play protocols and noted that we would return to small group trainings/practices under our Phase 1 guidelines. We also noted that we would officially be in Phase 1 for 8 complete weeks (August 1st – September 26th) before re-visiting our Return to Play protocols and making the decision of whether it is safe for our program (athletes, coaches, volunteers) to continue to Phase 2, stay in Phase 1, or move back to Phase 0.
During this past week, leading up to 9/26, the Special Olympics Maine staff has discussed our current situation and this next decision carefully, met with our Area Leadership for feedback, and received input from our SOME Board of Directors, in order to make the best decision for everyone involved. With escalating numbers of COVID-19 cases in Maine, a greater number of community restrictions in place and low Local Program participation, SOME has made the decision to stay in our R2P Phase 1 protocols through the end of the year (December 31st, 2020), with the safety of all, as our most important outcome.
Special Olympics Maine is continuing to work on virtual (individualized) activities throughout the fall and winter months that we know will help athletes during Phase 1 stay physically and mentally fit while also being able to connect with others from around the state.
Please do share this information and update with your athletes and their families.
If you are planning to R2P, the FIRST thing you need to do is follow these important steps:
- Step 1 – Review, educate & comply with Special Olympics Maine’s Return to Play Protocol
- Step 2 – Make sure all participants are properly registered
- Step 3 – Have all participants complete and submit COVID 19 Code of Conduct & Risk Assessment form
- Step 4 – Assign one or more COVID 19 Response Person for your Local Program
As always contact Special Olympics Maine with any questions, concerns or needs.