COVID-19 Updates

NEW MESSAGE -Updated June 26, 2022

The health and safety of everyone involved with Special Olympics Rhode Island continues to be our top priority during these challenging times.  Since the state of Rhode Island is currently  experiencing a “low transmission rate” for COVID-19, SORI is following the Low Risk Phase guidance on Return to In-Person activities outlined by Special Olympics, Inc. for our Summer Sports Programs.

This Low Risk Phase” guidance is based on the latest information from the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health authorities.  It has been created in consultation with a team of global medical experts and with input from Special Olympics stakeholders.  This guidance is above the local and state levels because of the high risk of COVID-19 to our athletes.

During this Return to Play – Low Risk Phase, Special Olympics Rhode Island will be functioning under the State of Rhode Island Reopening Regulations for event size and risk mitigation along with the additional Special Olympics, Inc guidelines for screening, mask wearing, social distancing and hygiene protocol.

All athletes will remain in this “Return to Play – Low Risk Phase” for the sports/activities that they are participating in until the state’s transmission rate for COVID-19 increases to a higher level, and it is appropriate to move up to a more restrictive stage. 

Spring Sports/Activities that will be offered during “Return to Play – Low Risk Phase” will be Unified Softball, Softball Skills, Unified Golf, Intermediate Level Golf, Golf Skills, Unified Walking and Unified Zumba.

Additional information for each sport being offered is provided on our “Return to Play” page.

Any questions regarding our Return to Play Guidelines, please contact Adam Johnson, Manager of Sports Training & Coaches Education at

Special Olympics has prepared a list of frequently asked questions that you can reference on the topic of virus prevention and control.

Special Olympics resources to help during the COVID-19 crisis.

Coronavirus Fact Sheet

Refer to this page of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for steps to prevent illness.

Rhode Island Department of Health COVID-19 Info Line (401) 222-8022 from 8:30am – 4:30pm. After Business Hours Dial  211 or email

Rhode Island Department of Health website

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