SOBC return to sport planning as of September 30th

Remember to check the Provincial Special Olympics BC website for more information about programs around the province.

For now, all Special Olympics BC programs and face-to-face activities remain paused.

Around the Province some locals have run pilot programs to restart some sport programs safely and slowly.

We are now ready to move to Return To Sport Programs in selected sports that allow us to maintain all necessary safety protocols.

In October SOBC Surrey will run limited programs in Track and Swimming.  Plans are being discussed for Curling, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Skiing.

Special Olympics BC is continuing the weekly spring at-home training and activity challenges, and
we’re creating new resources to remotely support athletes and coaches as well as new virtual
fundraisers. Please check out the SOBC website for tools to stay active, connected, positive, and
informed, and stay tuned to our website and social media channels for ongoing updates.
If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Lois McNary, SOBC Vice President, Sport, at
lmcnary@specialolympics.bc.ca or 604-616-1341.

Excerpted message from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry:

Our “new normal” is based on principles that apply to every person and every situation. These
principles are the foundation of how we need to move forward with our B.C. plan, and will remain in
place for the weeks and months ahead. These principles include:

    1. 1. Staying informed, being prepared and following public health advice;
    1. 2. Practising good hygiene – hand hygiene, avoid touching your face and respiratory etiquette;
    1. 3. Staying at home and away from others if you are feeling ill – with no exceptions – whether for school, work or socializing;
    1. 4. Maintaining physical distancing outside the household, e.g., no handshakes or hugs, keeping your number of contacts low and keeping a safe distance;
    1. 5. Making necessary contacts safer with appropriate controls, e.g., using plexiglass barriers or redesigning spaces;
    1. 6. Increasing cleaning of frequently touched surfaces at home and work;
    1. 7. Continuing to minimize non-essential personal travel.
    1. 8. Considering the use of non-medical masks in situations where physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as on transit or while shopping; and
  1. I have seen the strength and resilience in British Columbians that I know will hold us in good stead in the months ahead. We must continue to keep our firewall strong and remain committed to our efforts to protect our province.Be kind, be calm, be safe.

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