An update from Special Olympics Canada
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Special Olympics programming across Canada – weekly programs, competitions and fundraising events – has been suspended.
As an organization serving more than 49,600 athletes with an intellectual disability, with more than 22,000 volunteers, this measure was taken to limit any possible risk to members of our community.
For scheduling and program updates, please connect with your appropriate Chapter here:
While we continue to physically distance to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we must find ways to stay active, healthy and connected with our Special Olympics family.
Chapters, volunteers and supporters across the country are coming together to bring you all the digital resources you need during this challenging time, with LIVE workouts, health and nutrition resources, and more.
Make sure you’re following Special Olympics Canada on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get real time updates on these resources. Or take a look around this page to see what’s out there!
When it comes to information related to COVID-19, we encourage you to follow the guidance from the Government of Canada here.
Meanwhile the most important things you can do to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, and other respiratory illnesses are to:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your face - your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- When coughing or sneezing:Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand.
- Dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards.
- Avoid others who are unwell, and if you are sick yourself, stay away from others. Contact your health-care provider so you can be safely assessed.
For updates and more information on COVID-19, we recommend visiting: The Public Health Agency of Canada.
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