A number of questions have been asked by several league members since we released our Return to Play Plan last week. Here are answers to some of the more common ones (thank you to Bruce Burton for getting this document started):
Q: Will I have to wear a mask while curling?
A: Updated October 17, 2020: When not curling, you will be required to wear a mask at all times EXCEPT when seated in the cafe / lounge to consume food or beverage. Though you are not required to wear a mask during game play, anybody who is able to do so comfortably is strongly encouraged to wear one as much as possible during game play. A limited number of masks will be available for purchase at the restaurant and bar, but you are strongly advised to take some time to look at a number of masks and find ones that are most comfortable for you well in advance of curling season. For maximum comfort, you may wish to plan to have at least three masks on-hand - two for curling, and one for wearing indoors before and after.
Q: Will I be able to use the washrooms?
A: Yes, but social distancing will be necessary.
Q: Will I be able to use a locker to store my outside clothes?
A: No, there will be no access to the lockers or locker rooms at this time. You should plan to arrive at the club dressed as "ready to curl" as possible. While curling, we suggest that you place your winter boots in the coat room and take your valuables on to the ice in a carry bag.
Q: If the club is closed or I miss any games because of COVID-19, will I receive a refund of curling fees?
A: No, there will not be any refunds as the funds are required to maintain the facilities during a shut down. Any surplus funds after payment of all expenses will be credited toward next year's curling fees.
Q: Will the water coolers be available?
A: No, the water coolers will not be available, but curlers are welcome to bring their own non-alcoholic drinks in plastic or metal containers. Distancing between containers is not required, but any container should be handled only by his/her owner.
Q: Will the bar and restaurant be open?
A: Yes, both will be open. However, exact operating protocols are still being developed, and will be ready later in September.
Confirmed September 8: you will be able to consume beverages purchased from the lounge on the home end of the ice shed, as usual. On-ice ordering will be completed using your own cell phone - the numbner to call is posted in the ice shed.
Q: Do all curlers have to provide an email address and phone number?
A: Every curler must provide an email address and a phone number to enable tracking of COVID-19 should the occasion arise. Some curlers may not have an email address in which case they may need to get a close relative/friend to allow use of their email address to allow registration and completion of the AMCC liability waiver. AMCC has advised that all waivers must be sent to the club electronically and are not accepting any paper copies. The phone numbers and email address will enable the convenor to keep the members fully informed should there be an issue or a change to COVID-19 conditions and/or changes to protocols.
Q: How do I submit my waiver, or submit an online payment for a league?
Each player participating in weekly curling, entering bonspiels, renting practice ice, or playing occasional spare games in our facility must provide sign-off for two required documents prior to entering the ice shed. The easiest (and recommended) way to submit these documents is to visit our registration page: https://curlamcc.ca/index.php/register-2020. After clicking the adult / youth link - read all documents listed at the top of the page, complete all fields on the registration form, and click the "Next Step" button at the bottom of the page. Continue following the directions provided on the web page until a confirmation of your successful registration is displayed. If the league you wish to pay for is not listed on the registration page, contact your league convener for details.
Q: Will my curling game be different?
A: Yes, changes to all phases of game play (including before and after your game) are necessary to comply with Curling Canada guidelines and Provincial health directives. The full details can be found in the Player's Guide document available here: http://keepcurling.curlamcc.com. The short version is:
- Stay home if you are feeling sick, or have been in contact with any confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
- Let your team and your league convener know immediately if you will be missing a game, or if you have been directed to self-isolate by public health officials.
- Ensure your invited spares / guests / spectators sign into the building upon entry.
- Maintain 6’ / 2m physical distancing at all times.
- Practice good hand hygiene - wash / sanitize your hands often, and avoid touching your face.
- Wear a face mask at all times except when seated in the café or lounge.
- Read and follow all signs and floor markings.
- Sign and submit all required waivers prior to your first game.
- Adhere to game start and end times.
- Please understand that there may be changes to our policies and procedures throughout the season, so keep in touch with your league convener (and/or watch our website for updates if you are able to).
- Please watch this video for an illustration of maintaining your distance from others on the curling ice:
Q: Do I need to sign a waiver or sign-in to the building every time I curl?
If you are a full-time member, you only need to submit your waivers once at the beginning of the season. If you are an occasional spare, you must complete the sign-in sheet at the bar or restaurant before each game, but only need to submit your waivers once prior to any game you play (and you can do this any time - even before the season starts). All players and non-curling guests must complete a self-assessment for symptoms of liiness using the poster at the entrance door upon every arrival. They must not enter, and immediately return home if they are experiencing any of the listed symptoms. Staff members are authorized to ask anyone who is sick to leave the building immediately - please help them and everyone else out by doing so yourself before you need to be asked.
Q: Are printed copies of the AMCC Player's Guide available?
A few copies will be printed to remain at the club prior to sign-up week. If you wish to obtain your own printed copy, please visit the UPS Store at 3336 Portage Ave (near Portage Ave and Westwood Drive) and ask for a copy by name ($4.00 for monochrome, $10.80 for color, plus taxes).
Q: Can I see what a "real" curling game will look like under his season's rules?
A: Yes - Curling Canada has several demonstration videos posted here: https://www.curling.ca/return-to-play/