PENTICTON CURLING CLUB- COVID-19 RETURN TO CURLING PLAN 2021-2022
The committee that has put together this plan has tried to take into account the safety of our members, staff, and volunteers and will only work well with help from everyone entering the facility. It takes effort from everyone to make sure that we stay safe and healthy, thank you.
This plan has been formulated using the direction and guidelines set forth by the Province of BC, our Provincial Health Officer, viaSport, Curling Canada and Curl BC.
According to BC Health, all people entering the Penticton Curling Club must have had their 1st vaccination by Sept 13, and their second vaccination by Oct 24 (fully vaccinated), this includes players, volunteers, workers, and specctators.
- All Participants are not to enter the curling club if:
- You are ill, show any COVID symptoms (fever, chills, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc.) or are awaiting test results
- You have been in contact with anyone who is ill, presents COVID symptoms or are awaiting test results
- You have been out of the country within the last 14 days
- You have been advised to self isolate for 14 days
- All Participants must notify their Skip, league representative or the General Manager if any of the above situations apply to them.
- Players will not be allowed to participate for 14 days (or until cleared by a health authority) under any of the above situations.
- Ill participants are to arrange for healthy Spares (from within the club) to take their place during their convalescence/isolation.
- No hand shaking at start/end of games
- Participants must use their own equipment; no sharing of equipment and measuring tools can be used, but must be immediately sanitized after each use. Sanitizer clothes will be kept near each measuring device.
- Once you determine the two rocks you are going to throw at the beginning of the game, those are the only rocks you are allowed to throw, there will be no changing of rocks during the game
- Mask are mandatory in the lobby and upstairs in the lounge if not drinking or eating
- The use of a mask is recommended is recommended on the ice but not required
- Participants are advised to avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth and to wash their hands before and after participating
- Participants are to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or into their elbow when coughing or sneezing
- Participants are to use hand sanitizer when entering the curling club, then before, between and upon completion of games
- Hand sanitizer will be located at strategic locations through-out the facility
- Participants are to maintain a distance of 2 meters from others at all times
- Participants are to be mindful of common surfaces and limit touch points
- Washrooms, changerooms, foyer and lounge will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis.
- The use of personal curling gloves at all times is recommended
- Participants are to bring and use their own brooms and equipment
- All the Curling Rocks will be cleaned and disinfected prior to starting the game. Participants are responsible to clean and disinfect their Rocks.
- Participants are to come dressed to play (with the exception of curling shoes)
- Participants are to bring their own water bottle if needed.
- Limited number of Spectators
- < 50 people in the Curling Club Zones at any one time (lobby or on the ice), upstairs in the lounge we can have 90 people (half capacity)
- Spectators are to watch the curling from the upstairs lounge and not the foyer downstairs, curlers coming off the ice will have first rights to the use of the lounge and spectators may be ask to leave
Arrival/Departure at the Curling Rink
- Participants are to arrive no more than 15 minutes before their scheduled game time.
- Participants are to collect all garbage/recycling and place it in the appropriate bin after the game
- Participants are to follow all on-site signage and direction
- Participants are to enter and exit through the designated access point
- Participants are to consume beverages within the licensed areas.
- Employees and volunteers are encouraged to wear gloves when prepping and maintaining the ice surface
- The Lounge will remain open to limited use through the initial phase of the re-opening. Lounge employees and volunteers are to follow strict cleanliness protocols when serving.
Social Distancing During the Game
- Participants are not allowed any contact – no handshakes etc..
- Once the final rocks have been thrown the Thirds are responsible for the clearing of their Rocks from the house.
- Participants will need to distance accordingly e.g. sweepers distancing on the side of the sheet that has the markings near the hog line.
- The General Manager is responsible to ensure all protocols are being followed.
- Skips/League Representatives are to inform the General Manager or PCC executive if any of their team players are showing any symptoms of COVID 19, or have been exposed to anyone showing symptoms, or have been out of the country in the past 14 days.
- Skips/League Representatives are to inform the PCC executive if any of their team players are not adhering to the protocols put forth by the league.
- GM will keep a daily participation record to ensure Contact Tracing requirements are met.
Anyone entering the building must be fully vaccinated by Oct 24.
- Participants are to be supplied with a copy of the Safety Plan, Illness Policy and the BC self assessment tool. These documents will be posted on the PCC website (pentictoncurlingclub.com), located under the COVID19 Action Plan.
- Participants will be required to sign a Participant Agreement stating that they agree to abide by the Return to Curl Policies and that there may still be risks associated with curling.
- Skips/League Representatives will keep in contact with the General Manager or PCC executive regarding any COVID issues to ensure a timely response.
- There will be no refunds due to having to be self isolated, and any others refund requests will be looked at by the Board at the end of the season. If the club is closed early and refunds are required, the club will prorate the leagues fee, but their will be no refunds on the membership fees.
- For leagues that will have two draws, the first draw will start at 6:15 pm, and they will play to a buzzer at 7:50pm, this means that when the buzzer is sounded, the teams will finish the end that they are in and play one more end to complete the game.
- One player from each team will then use a sanitizing cloth to sanitize the rocks for the next game
- All players will leave the foyer area immediately after their equipment is put away
- The second draw will start at 8:30pm, and players that are scheduled to play at this time cannot show up at the club early and can start to show up at 8:15pm
- If there is an empty sheet of ice on the early draw, it will stay empty, there will be no starting early on it or changing time slots to use it early
- Each week a team from each draw will be tasked the assignment to monitor the logs in
- For Junior Curlers 12 years of age and older, they must have had 1st vaccine by Sept 13 and 2nd vaccine by Oct 24 (fully vaccinated)
- All junior curlers must wear masks in the lobby and on the ice
- There will be no spectators allowed in the building. The only parents allowed in the building are those volunteering with the Juniors, and they must be fully vaccinated.
Monitoring and Updating
- The Penticton Curling Club executive will monitor and update our plans as necessary. Things may change as the season progresses. If any new area of concern is identified, or if it seems like something is not working, the PCC executive will take steps to update our policies and procedures accordingly.
- We would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience to help us get thru these abnormal times
- We wish everyone good curling and stay safe and healthy
PENTICTON CURLING CLUB
In this policy, “Team member” includes an employee, volunteer, participant or parent/spectator.
- Inform an individual in a position of authority (skip, league representative, or the General Manager) immediately if, you feel any symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite.
- Team members must review the self-assessment signage located throughout the facility each morning before their activity to attest that they are not feeling any of the COVID 19 symptoms.
- Skips/League representatives will visually monitor team members to assess any early warning signs as to the status of their health and to touch base on how they are regarding their personal safety throughout the workday/practice/activity.
- If Team Members are unsure please have them use the self-assessment tool https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en or through the COVID-19 BC Support App self-assessment tool.
- If a Team Member is feeling sick with COVID-19 symptoms
- They should remain at home and contact Health Link BC at 8-1-1.
- If they feel sick and/or are showing symptoms while at the facility, they should be sent home immediately and have them contact 8-1-1 or a doctor for further guidance.
- No Team Member may participate in the activity if they are symptomatic.
- If a Team Member tests positive for COVID-19
- The Team Member will not be permitted to return to the facility/activity until they are free of the COVID-19 virus.
- Any Team Members who was in close contact with the infected Team Member will also be removed from the facility/activity for at least 14 days to ensure the infection does not spread further.
- Close off, clean and disinfect their facility/activity area immediately and any surfaces that could have potentially be infected/touched.
- If a Team Member has been tested and is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 Test
- As with the confirmed case, the Team Member must be removed from the workplace/practice/facility.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada advises that any person who has even mild symptoms to stay home and call the public health authority of B.C.
- Other Team Members who may have been exposed will be informed and removed from the workplace/practice/activity for at least 14 days or until the diagnosis of COVID-19 is ruled out by health authorities.
- The facility/activity space will be closed off, cleaned, and disinfected immediately and any other surfaces that could have potentially been infected/touched.
- If a Team Member has come in to contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19
- Team Members must advise their skip/league representative if they reasonably believe they have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Once the contact is confirmed, the Team Member will be removed from the facility/activity for at least 14 days or as otherwise directed by public health authorities. Team Members who may have come into close contact with the Team Member will also be removed from the workplace for at least 14 days.
- The facility/activity area will be closed off, cleaned, and disinfected immediately and any other surfaces that could have potentially been infected/touched.
- Quarantine or Self-Isolate if:
- Any Team Member who has travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days is not permitted to enter any part of the facility and must quarantine and self-isolate.
- Any Team Member with any symptoms of COVID-19 is not permitted to enter any part of the facility and must quarantine and self-isolate.
- Any Team Member from a household with someone showing symptoms of COVID-19 is not permitted to enter any part of the facility and must quarantine and self-isolate.
- Any Team Member who is in quarantine or self-isolating as a result of contact with an infected person or in families who are self-isolating, is not permitted to enter any part of the facility.
PENTICTON CURLING CLUB
Application- all athletes, coaches, members, volunteers, participants and family members of participants while in attendance at club activities (“Participants”)
All Participants of the Penticton Curling Club agree to abide by the following points when entering club facilities and/or participating in club activities under the COVID-19 Response plan and RTP Protocol:
- I agree to temperature screening check and logging in at front door, and will let my club know if I have experienced any of the symptoms in the last 14 days.
- I agree that if my temperature is 38C or higher I will not be allowed access into the facility
- I agree to say home if feeling sick, and remain home for 14 days if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- I agree to sanitize my hands upon entering and exiting the facility with sanitizer.
- I agree to sanitize the equipment upon entering and exiting the facility with sanitizer.
- I agree to continue to follow social distancing protocols of staying at least 2m away from others.
- I agree to not share any equipment during practice times.
- I agree to abide by all of my Clubs COVID-19 Policies and Guidelines.
- I understand that if I do not abide by the aforementioned policies/guidelines, that I may be asked to leave the club for up to 14 days to help protect myself and others around me.
- I acknowledge that continued abuse of the policies and/or guidelines may result in suspension of my club membership temporarily.
- I acknowledge that there are risks associated with entering club facilities and/or participating in club activities, and that the measures taken by the club and participants, including those set out above and under the COVID-19 Response Plan and Return to Sport Protocols, will not entirely eliminate those risks.
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