Return to Play Guidelines Fall 2021

 

Guiding Principles

Our club has utilized the Curling Canada / CurlON Return to Play Guidelines and tailored them to the unique needs of KCC and the Trisan facility specific restrictions.

The KCC Board of Directors believes a safe return to curling play can be achieved by following the CurlON Guidelines, Provincial Stage 3 Opening Plans and local municipal health and safety regulations.

Updated COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (September 3, 2021)

As per the recent changes announced by the Provincial government it will be required for the 2021-2022 season that every member over the age of 12 will have to have received two doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine (or any combination of two vaccines is acceptable) at least 14 days prior to beginning to start participating at the KCC.

If there are members who have not been vaccinated and provide a medical certificate or doctors note indicating their inability to be vaccinated, then the KCC Club will try to ensure reasonable accommodation.

We are committed to doing our part in keeping the members and our community safe. In light of the current pandemic landscape this is the safest and most responsible way forward. If you have any questions about this or any other club policy, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The following guidelines are to be followed for the 2021 Season. These guidelines may be revised at any time during the season in response to changing government regulations and/or at the discretion of the King Curling Club Board of Directors.

General guidelines:

  • All Members must prior to start of the season sign a Declaration of Compliance – COVID-19 and a Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims and Indemnity Agreement. In the case of minors (under 18 years of age) an Informed Consent and Assumption of Risk Agreement. These forms will be made available as part of the registration process.
  • KCC are encouraging ill people or people who are at risk for severe illness not to attend.

           In addition we are asking each member to: "Exercise hygiene best practices", "Stay home if they or anyone in their household are                      exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and immediately notify the KCC of their condition" and "Self-isolate and not attend the KCC               for 14 days if diagnosed or exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19".

  • The Trisan centre will properly record our attending members through their app to ensure they have an accurate record of daily attendance for potential COVID-19 related contact tracing. All curlers will be required to complete the Township of King COVID-19 Screening tool prior to entering the township Facilities. Screening can be completed by visiting http://screening.king.ca This is required each time you enter the Trisan Centre.
  • Physical distancing approximately (2m/6 feet) must be observed at all times in the Curling Rink and all other areas of the Trisan facility;
  • Access to the lounge and locker rooms has been approved by the township as well as use of the bar and kitchen however they have imposed the following restrictions. Social distancing must be maintained, masks must be worn at all times unless eating or drinking, maximum of 32 members allowed in the lounge and no more then two people will be allowed at a table. We are currently working on the logistics to see if it is viable to operate these areas with the restrictions imposed.
  • The showers will be of limits.
  • Trisan will provide hand sanitizing stations strategically placed throughout the facility.
  • Spectators will be allowed on a limited basis, but must not attend while players are in the lounge.
  • It is recommended that players bring their own equipment to the playing surface, however club equipment will be available for those who need it.
  • All furniture (benches) and shared equipment will be removed from the Ice shed;
  • Scoreboard use will be permitted however each sheet must designate one player to keep score for both teams. Vices of each team will be required to keep track and reach agreement on game scores. For relevant leagues, vices will be required to report game scores to their league convenors within 24 hours following game play.
  • Spectators will be allowed on a limited basis, but must not attend while players are in the lounge.
  • Reciprocals, inter-club bonspiels, guests, and 3rd party rentals will not be permitted until further advised;
  • “Hand-shaking or high 5’s” are not permitted, but players are encouraged to demonstrate other kind gestures pre/post play;
  • Water dispensing coolers will be removed from the Ice shed. Members will be encouraged to bring their own water bottles for their own personal use and not to share with other members. We ask that you please identify your water bottle by placing a label or marking your name on the container.

Face Covering / Mask Wearing:

The King Township policy has been communicated to us as follows: All persons entering the building must wear masks. King Curling Club will require that face coverings or masks be worn at all times except while throwing or sweeping of rocks.

On-ice guidelines for safe social distancing:

KCC will be following the CurlON on-ice distancing guidelines. For greater certainty, the following KCC guidelines apply:

 

  • Coins will not be available for the pre-game coin toss. Use your own coin or https//justflipacoins.com on a smart phone.
  • Only one sweeper over the rock, second sweeper would have to stay at the throwing end of the sheet so as not to be involved in the
  • As much as possible, yelling/screaming to direct sweepers should be minimized to limit expelling of Consider the use of hand signals.
  • Opposing skip will be on the backboards.
  • Sweeping (by either team) of rocks behind the T-Line or those put into motion during play will not be
  • No swapping of rocks between team members will be allowed during a Special markers on the ice will be installed to indicate where players are to be positioned during play
  • The attached illustration shows how players will be expected to move about the sheet as play

Adult League specific guidelines:

  • Social day leagues will operate with our Convenors pre-assigning teams on a weekly basis. These leagues will have a maximum daily game limit of 32 participants. Members will be required to confirm their attendance in advance to allow convenors time to make the teams. Timeline will be as each convenor finds appropriate but not more then 48 hours prior to game

Adult Instructional League specific guidelines:

  • Our Adult Instructional League (for new and aspiring members) will operate utilizing the same pre- game, on-ice and post-game guidelines to ensure proper social
  • New members will be educated in the Distancing

Youth League specific guidelines:

  • We are reviewing our Little Rock (ages 7 -11) program to ensure social distancing for this age group. Parents/guardians may be limited to drop off and pick up of minors at the facility entrance.
  • Our Youth members (U15, U18 and U21) will follow the same pre-game, on-ice and post-game guidelines as proposed for our adult

Post and pre-game guidelines:

  • Staggering arrivals may be required to comply with distancing regulations and capacity of the change
  • There will be a designated entry and exit for the ice
  • Playing times may be staggered by 30 minutes to allow for social distancing between those entering / leaving the ice
  • Social distancing will be required in the lounge area, and masks will be required except when eating or drinking.

 

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