To: SOM Stakeholders
From: Darren Hemeryck, Director, Sport
Date: February 18, 2022
Re: Government of Manitoba Loosening of Restrictions

In response to the Government of Manitoba’s provincial announcement on February 11 regarding the accelerated plan to reduce public health restrictions, Special Olympics Manitoba (SOM) would like to provide an update on our programming guidelines:

SOM will remove current COVID vaccination requirements for Spring/Summer programs that will be starting after April 1, 2022.  In-person programs that are currently running will continue to have vaccination restrictions in place until the end of their program session.  If program capacity allows, athletes wanting to join a program currently running will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Provincial office.  Additionally, for those athletes not currently participating in in-person programming, registration information for Spring/Summer sports will be coming in the near future.

SOM will also remove current COVID mask requirements for ALL programs, current and upcoming, on March 15, 2022.  Recognizing that everyone will be at different levels of comfort with in-person gatherings at this time, participants wishing to continue wearing masks during in-person programming are able to do so without prejudice.

Please note that all participants (athletes, coaches, volunteers, staff, spectators) are expected to follow the rules and regulations of any facility or municipality that has more stringent requirements in place.  For example, if a facility continues to require proof of vaccination for entry, participants are expected to provide that proof in order to gain entry and participate.

These requirements are current and fluid and will continue to be evaluated and adapted as new information becomes available, while always keeping the health and safety of our athletes, coaches and volunteers as the highest priority.

As always, we thank you for your patience and support as we balance the heath and safety of our programs with excitement as we Return, Rebuild and Reignite our movement.