COVID-19 Safety

What steps are you taking to ensure safety at the Plunge?

We are following guidelines set by the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC, and we’re doing everything we can to keep you healthy and safe:

– Encouraging social distancing whenever possible
– Masks required for staff and strongly encouraged for all other attendees
– Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes readily available
– Disinfecting surfaces and common areas regularly
– Option to switch to the Virtual Plunge at any time

Do I have to wear a mask at the event?

Masks or face coverings are required for all staff and will be strongly encouraged for all participants, volunteers and spectators over two years of age, except while Plunging into the water.

Will social distancing be enforced?

Yes, as much as possible! We will be directing one-way foot traffic as much as possible and there will be plenty of signage on site marking safe distances.

What will the changing tents look like this year?

All changing tents will be set up to promote social distancing. One-way entrances and exits will be in place to minimize crossover, and the use of timeslots will help reduce foot traffic so that you and your team members can change safely and comfortably.

Will you provide hand sanitizer?

Yes, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be readily available at every event. Staff will be regularly disinfecting check-in, changing rooms and all common areas between Plunge groups.

If a Plunge in canceled due to COVID-19, how soon will you let me know?

We will give as much notice as possible if a Plunge has to be postponed or canceled. In the event of a date change or cancellation, participants will receive an email and updates will be made on the Plunge website and social media.

If I register and fundraise for an in-person Plunge and then decide I don’t feel comfortable attending the event, will I still receive my incentives?

Yes, of course! You earned those incentives by fundraising for Special Olympics Minnesota. Please send an email to plunge@somn.org explaining the situation and we can mail your incentives or set up a time for pick-up.

If my in-person Plunge is canceled, what are my alternatives?

1. Get your incentives via mail or pick-up.
2. Switch your registration to Plunge at a different location.
3. Join us for the Virtual Plunge! To change your registration from in-person to virtual, head to your Account Overview page, scroll down until you see your event, then click the Edit button beside it. From there, you can choose the Virtual Plunge from the drop-down menu.

If you have questions, please email plunge@somn.org.

If I test positive for COVID-19 and I suspect I got it from a Plunge event, should I notify someone?

If you test positive for COVID-19 after attending a Plunge event, please email plunge@somn.org to let us know. We will follow up for more information.