COVID-19 Protocols

The Celebration Games will operate under Special Olympics Wisconsin’s Moderate Risk Level (Yellow) protocols. To find the full Return to Play Guidelines, visit the Return to Play page.

Some key points for the Moderate Risk Level protocols include:

  • Pre-event screening for all participants. Local Programs must bring their signed screening form to Tournament Central.
  • Pre-event testing: Negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event for participants who do not have a proof of vaccination on file. PCR tests are recommended; however rapid-antigen tests (including at-home) testing can be used. Proof of the negative test will be shown to the Local Program member who is conducting the pre-event screening. Proof of negative test will be recorded on pre-event screening form.
  • Masks are required for indoor activities including Healthy Athletes, at the Swim venue when not competing, in the Campus Center and Dining Hall when not eating, and in dorms when not in assigned rooms.
  • Masks are strongly recommended during the Opening Ceremony on Friday and at the Victory Jubilee Dance on Saturday.

Medical Information

Medical volunteers will be located at each competition venue and will be marked with First Aid signage. It is important that you survey the area you are in for the medical station nearest to you. If language is an issue and you are the translator, be sure to stay with the athlete in an emergency.

Important Note About Illness: If you have been recently been sick (within seven days) with flu-like symptoms (fever with cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body aches), please stay home. We know that this is a difficult decision to make, but it is for the safety of everyone that attends Celebration Games.

Please practice hand washing and other sanitary measures throughout the duration of Celebration Games to help prevent the spread of germs.

Inclement Weather

Plan A

Officials and the Games Management Team (GMT) will monitor weather to determine if conditions are severe enough to stop competition.  If stopped, events will be delayed and restarted from the stop point, as conditions improve.

  1. If events resume, PA announcements will identify the schedule, etc.
  2. If event delay lasts longer than two hours, Plan B will go into effect.

Plan B

Events (track, bocce, softball, and tennis) may be dropped or shortened in order to finish the games in the remaining time available.  Weather information may indicate a clearing pattern and a decision could be made to continue competition as soon as things clear.  In this instance, officials and the GMT will cancel or delay events as necessary that will allow the day’s competition to finish within a reasonable span of time (rescheduling of any canceled events would be on an event-by-event basis determined by site availability which will be announced at the coaches meeting).  If competition is delayed more than two hours, Plan B weather updated schedule changes will be posted at Tournament Central, the residence halls and dining center. If necessary, a coaches meeting will be held on Saturday evening to discuss schedule changes.

The following weather conditions will merit the indicated actions:

  • Rain – No evacuation.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch – activities continue and weather is monitored.
  • Tornado Watch – activities continue and weather is monitored.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Imminent – Evacuation to shelters when storm is 30 minutes away.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Evacuation to shelters upon issue of warning.
  • Tornado Warning – Evacuation to shelters upon issue of warning.

Lost and Found

A lost and found area will be located at Tournament Central and at the residence halls’ main desks.  Please make sure athletes’ clothes are clearly marked with their name and Agency number.  Remember to keep a close eye on glasses, watches, rings, etc.