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Curling clubs striving to hit the ice this fall, winter

Local curling clubs are working towards reopening this fall or winter in a challenging environment due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Lancaster and District Curling Club set a goal of 80 full-time paid members registered by October 15. Club president James Doonan made the announcement to members via e-mail, with a post added to the LDCC Facebook page.

“The Board of the Lancaster District Curling Club has decided on a path forward for this season; our decision was made after reviewing the [member] survey results, the recommendations of the COVID committee, recommendations from the various curling associations at the federal and provincial level, and, finally, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.”

The number of 80 full memberships was determined to offset start-up, ice installation, and operational costs at the club.

Should things get underway, a number of strict rules will be enacted to govern usage of the facility and game play.

  1. Masks will be required in all common areas such as the bar, washrooms, entry. Masks will not be mandatory on the ice once play has started but are encouraged throughout.
  2. The bar will be limited to 1 or 2 post-game drinks. Players must leave before the following
    game finishes as only two teams will be allowed upstairs at any one time. Masks are not required while drinking/eating.
  3. All equipment must be sanitized when you arrive at the club.
  4. Only players scheduled for a game on any given evening will be allowed in the club and only during the time approximately 15 minutes before the game.
  5. Every player will be required to sign in when they play and be subject to this information being shared with government authorities should they have to perform a contact trace exercise.
  6. We will no longer store equipment at the club. Brooms, shoes, slider/grippers, stabilizers, sticks will need to be taken home. The club is working on a plan to have low-cost purchase or rental units available for sticks and stabilizers.
  7. The Timbits and Junior programs run on the weekends will be suspended until further notice.

For further membership information, please see this link on the LDCC website.

In September, the Alexandria Curling Club held its annual general meeting virtually. The full video can be seen here and on their Facebook page.

Meanwhile, the Glengarry Curling Club in Maxville has taken the decision to remain closed until at least January 4, 2021.

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Glengarry Curling Club (Maxville) letter, dated 1 September 2020

The Cornwall Curling Centre is aiming for a November return to play.

Whenever curling resumes, there are sure to be alterations to the game. Check out this video for some examples.

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