Updated Coronavirus Statement from Special Olympics Kentucky
Special Olympics Kentucky is in the early stages of its spring season training and competitions. With growing concern over the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S., it is important that we address our upcoming competitions and events for the health and safety of everyone involved. Like everyone, we are trying to make the best decisions possible based on the information available regarding a rapidly changing public health concern.
We have been closely monitoring the evolving situation with coronavirus for some time now. Due to recent developments tied to the global spread of the coronavirus, Special Olympics Kentucky is suspending all sport training and competition, and social activities involving our athletes through March 31, 2020, at which time the situation will be reevaluated. This means all practices and local competitions are to be halted until further announcement. At this time, we are hopeful that all events and activities will be able to resume April 1. Of course, as we continue to monitor the situation, we will make adjustments as needed. We know that this pause in our activities will create some challenges around preparations and registration for area and regional events. We will provide guidance on those in the coming days.
This decision was made carefully based on advice received from Special Olympics, Inc. and Special Olympics North America after they consulted with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reviewed the latest guidance from the World Health Organization.
The health and safety of our athletes, volunteers, staff, and partners remains our top priority. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this constantly changing environment and strive to make the best possible decisions with the safety and well-being of our athletes and all constituents at the forefront.
We have prepared a list of frequently asked questions that you can reference on the topic of the virus prevention and control. You can access the state of Kentucky’s most recent information and guidance at kycovid19.ky.gov. We will keep you updated on further changes.
Should you have any questions, please contact President/CEO Trish Mazzoni at 502-695-8222 or email@example.com.