Coronavirus Update 3-17-2020

Coronavirus Update 3-17-2020

Date:     03.17.2020
From:    Rhonda McCarty, CEO
RE:         Coronavirus- An Update from SOMT

As a follow-up to communication distributed March 11, 2020, Special Olympics Montana wishes to convey we are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC’s) updated guidelines released March 15, 2020 urging social distancing and other precautionary measures.

In accordance with the CDC’s guidance for large events and mass gatherings, SOMT is canceling and/or postponing all Special Olympics in-person events for a minimum of 8 weeks.  

Special Olympics Montana is prohibiting in-person events for 10 or more people through May 31, 2020.

Sports Training and Competition is canceled through May 31, 2020.

Area Spring Games are canceled through May 31, 2020.  As an alternative to Spring Games, SOMT will offer athletes, unified partners, volunteers and others, opportunities to engage in health and physical fitness virtually. Stay tuned for details!

State Summer Games, May 12-15, 2020, are postponed. Our team is currently exploring alternative opportunities in hopes of offering some sort of competition and/or exhibition during the summer of 2020. We appreciate your ongoing cooperation while we consider viable options; we hope to have more information soon!

Events involving athletes and volunteers in a public setting are prohibited. Other events may proceed on a case-by-case basis, meaning we will carefully assess the risk in collaboration with local and national health agencies.

From all of us at Special Olympics Montana, we recognize that these are uncertain times. One thing we know for sure is that Special Olympics is a way of life for athletes, their families, and our communities. At Special Olympics Montana, we are committed to respecting public health with hopes we are back on the field soon!

To read the full communication released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, click below.

U.S. CDC’s updated guidance

Rhonda McCarty
CEO-Special Olympics Montana

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