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 we’re doing everything we can to keep you healthy and safe:

– Social distancing protocols
– Masks required
– Health screenings on arrival by ProtectWell
– Hand sanitizer available
– Disinfecting surfaces and common areas regularly
– Option to switch to the Virtual Plunge at any time

Is social distancing required?

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

What is the health screening at the Plunge? If I fail the screening, what happens?

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.

If you do not pass the health screening, a Plunge staff person will bring you any incentives earned, and you will be asked to leave the Plunge grounds immediately.

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 sections will be blocked off inside the tent six feet away from each other, so that you and your team members can change safely and comfortably.

Will shuttles be socially distanced, or will you provide more parking options?

Parking and shuttles vary by Plunge location. If a shuttle is available at your Plunge location, social distancing will be enforced on the bus. We are working to provide more on-site parking whenever possible.

Do I have to wear a mask at the event?

Yes, masks must be worn at all Plunge events, except when actually Plunging.

Is there a maximum number of people allowed at the Plunge?

Approximately 25 participants will be allowed to Plunge for every 15-minute time slot. We ask that spectators please stay home this year for the safety of participants and staff. If a Plunger needs physical assistance or is a minor, they may have someone accompany them.

Will you provide hand sanitizer?

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

How many people can Plunge together? How big can my team be?

Approximately 25 participants will be allowed to Plunge for every 15-minute time slot. Two people are allowed to jump at a time to ensure social distancing. Families who live together can jump as one group.

Will there be food or drinks at the Plunge?

No, not this year! We ask that you please do not bring any outside food or beverages.

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

– Get your incentives via mail or pick-up.
– Switch your registration to attend a different Plunge location.
– Join us for the Virtual Plunge! To switch your registration from in-person to virtual, head to the “Account Overview” page, scroll down until you see your event and click “Edit”. 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.


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