Wynyard Curling Club’s COVID Response Plan
We’re thrilled to be able to welcome each and every one of our valued members back into our facility.
We’ve missed you!
We hope that you and your family have remained safe and healthy during these challenging times. Based on the outline from the Saskatchewan Health Authority, we are excited to announce the reopening of our Curling Rink.
Your health and safety are our highest priority, and we have taken extensive safety measures, which include the following:
- Signage will help to increase spacing between curlers both on and off the ice as well as indicating traffic flow.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be located at the entrance of and throughout the club
- Rental equipment will be available to rent for the season. We encourage all curlers to purchase their own.
- A deep cleaning procedure is being developed.
- If you are feeling ill, please stay home.
- Bring and wear a mask if you choose.
- Bring your own curling equipment. Do not share with others.
- Please arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled start time.
- Each team is responsible to advise the Wynyard Curling Club of any player changes prior to the start of each of their scheduled games.
- We will be following Saskatchewan Health Authority’s recommendation of Contactless Registration, whenever possible.
- Online registration will be available on our website.
- Payment is available at the Town Office. Contactless payment is encouraged over cash.
- We are able to offer curling on all 4 of our sheets while still maintaining proper Physical Distancing.
- We are currently examining ideas such as staggered start times to encourage proper Physical Distancing and Traffic Flow.
- Lockers are not available for use. No personal belongings are to be left at the Curling Club. Please arrive ready to play (with the exception of shoes).
START OF THE SEASON
- We are moving forward with our planned scheduled start of Monday, November 16th.
- We are currently researching options and communicating with our local health inspector to figure out if we will be able to offer canteen and bar service this season.
If the Wynyard Curling Club is required to shut down for public health reasons, refunds will be issued as follows:
- If the season never begins or transpires then curlers will be provided the option of a 100% refund of all league fees or a credit toward next curling season.
- If the season is cut short mid-season then curlers will be provided the option of a partial refund of league fees or a credit toward next curling season.
- If the season is cut short after February 15, 2021 then there will be no refund provided.
Interruptions: if the Wynyard Curling Club is required to close temporarily because of SHA requirements then every reasonable effort will be made to ensure that make-up games can be rescheduled during the 2020-21 season’s timeframe.
With respect to the Wynyard Curling Club’s refund policy, it may be important to point out that the policy is crafted in such a way to both protect our curler’s financial interests and to ensure that the Wynyard Curling Club is sufficiently viable to offer its curlers a facility in subsequent seasons.
- We are committed to the health and safety of our members. All of our guidelines are inline with the guidelines outlined by the Saskatchewan Health Authorities (SHA). Please visit the SHA website for more information regarding the required Sports and Activities Guidelines which can be found HERE
- We are also following the guidelines provided by both Curling Canada and CURLSASK. Curling Canada’s Return to Play Guidelines can be found HERE
Will there be any rule changes for the sport of curling because of COVID safety concerns?
Yes, following Curling Canada’s recommendations, the “Single-Sweeper Rule” will be obeyed during all games at the Wynyard Curling Club during the 2020-21 season:
The “Single-Sweeper Rule” means that:
- Only one sweeper maximum is permitted at all times
- No “relaying” (no sweeper taking over for another sweeper at any time)
- No sweeping an opponent’s stone after it passes the T-Line
- No one aside from the dedicated sweeper for a shot can sweep any stone (including ticks and bumps and raises)
Will there be any other changes to the on-ice experience this season?
Yes, following Curling Canada’s recommendations, there will be a number of changes to the on-ice curling experience. Some of these on-ice changes will include:
- No coin-flips (consider “rock-paper-scissor” instead)
- No handshakes (consider a “raise-of-the-broom” instead)
- No touching other curler’s stones with your hand (use your broom or foot instead)
- No “bare-hand” cleaning of the bottom of your stone (use your glove or broom instead)
- Benches (we will continue to research if we can offer on ice benches this season)
- No group congregating on the backboards
- All players should obey physical distancing recommendations during play
Only the “delivering team” is permitted access to the house during their turn (the opposing skip should stand in the hack area and await their turn to reclaim access to the house)
There will likely be other changes to your on-ice experience as well (e.g., the method of scorekeeping and measuring, the manner of entering the ice area, loaner equipment availability, doubles board handling, etc.). These changes will be determined prior to the opening of the curling season.
What if members of my team are from the same household. Can we use two sweepers?
No. Whether one is from the same household or not, the “Single-Sweeper Rule” will be maintained for all players.
How will we keep score?
As it is a labour-intensive activity to sanitize the scoreboard numbers after each game, scoreboards will not be available for use. Consider other methods of keeping score (example: record on one person’s phone).
The Granite Curling Club’s COVID Response Plan was used to develop this document.