2021 In-Person Plunge Safety Measures

We want to make sure that you feel safe and comfortable at our in-person Plunge events. We’ll be updating our safety protocols throughout the season to stay up to date with guidelines set by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are a few ways that we’re keeping Plungers safe in 2021!

Masks & hand sanitizer

Masks are required at all Plunge events, except while actually Plunging into the water. Please plan ahead by bringing your own mask or face covering from home. Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks at all times.

Numerous hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout each Plunge location.

ProtectWell screenings

Every person will be required to complete symptom screening by using the ProtectWell app.

Checking-in with ProtectWell takes just a few seconds. The app uses a symptom screener to determine whether you are cleared for our event or should stay home due to exposure or symptoms.

Decades of health care expertise is applied to the app, and protocols are continuously updated to align with the latest CDC guidelines to keep people and communities like our Special Olympics Minnesota Polar Plunge community healthy.

Disinfecting & social distancing

Plunge staff will be regularly disinfecting all common areas and surfaces throughout the event. This includes check-in, changing rooms, restrooms, etc.

We ask that participants practice social distancing whenever possible at our in-person Plunge events. We will be enforcing one-way foot traffic as much as possible and there will be plenty of signage on site marking safe distances.

Limited spectators

We are asking that spectators please stay home this year for the safety of participants and staff. If a Plunger needs physical assistance or is under the age of 18, they may have someone accompany them.

Alternative options

If you still don’t feel comfortable coming to an in-person Plunge, join us for the Virtual Plunge! You can still have fun and make an impact from the comfort of your own home.

Preparedness plan

For even more details, please review our event Preparedness Plan (PDF).

Questions? Check out our COVID-19 Safety FAQ page or shoot us an email at plunge@somn.org.