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Return to Curling 2021-22

Update: September 15, 2021

We'll keep updating this page as we learn more from the Government of BC, Interior Health and Curl BC about what COVID safety measures apply to curling this season and how to implement them. Here's what we know now:

Interior Health

  • Team sports are allowed for adults and youth.
  • Masks are required for people 12 years and older in common areas of sports and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity.
  • There is “no upper limit on the field of play” for sports in the Interior Health region, so our curling leagues can run at normal capacity.
  • Spectators at indoor sporting events are limited to 50 people.

Government of BC

  • The government requires proof of vaccination to participate in adult indoor sports. 
  • All curlers will need to be fully vaccinated (by October 24 at the latest). If you don't have proof of vaccination, you will not be able to curl.
  • You must be able to show your BC Vaccine Card (or equivalent proof from another province/territory) to curl.
    • From September 13-26, the government is allowing people to use the vaccination records they received at BC vaccine clinics as valid proof of vaccination. Starting September 27, you must have a BC Vaccine Card.
  • The proof of vaccination requirement does not apply to curlers born in 2010 or later.
  • Indoor youth recreational sport for people 21 years old or younger is exempt from proof of vaccination requirements. Youth curling in the Junior League only do not need vaccination proof. Youth 12+ years old curling in adult leagues need proof of vaccination.
  • For more info on the BC Vaccine Cards, see Proof of vaccination at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/proof

What this means for REGISTRATION at the Oliver Curling Club:

  • The BC Government guidelines allow participants to give their consent to have their vaccination proof recorded so they don't have to show their BC Vaccine Card every time they come to curl.
  • We are incorporating another form when you register: Record of Consent & Proof of Vaccination. You will need to show your BC Vaccine Card once to an Oliver Curling Club representative. You both will sign the form confirming this. 
  • Once your consent and vaccination proof are recorded, you will not be required to show your BC Vaccine Card when you come to curl.
  • But, if you do not have your consent and vaccination proof recorded, you will have to show your BC Vaccine Card every time you come to curl.
  • Checking for BC Vaccine Cards at every draw is not easy for a volunteer-run organization like the Oliver Curling Club, and it will help everyone get out on the ice faster if curlers provide consent and proof ahead of time. 
  • If you're not registering for a league but plan to spare, please still fill in a registration form and consent form to get your vaccination proof recorded. You don't need to pay any fees until you curl ($10/game).

 Curl BC

Some key points and recommendations from Curl BC's statement on BC’s proof of vaccination order:

  • Curling clubs must obey the reinstatement of the indoor mask mandate announced on August 25, 2021.
  • The order allows participants to remove their masks during physical activity, or while seated at a table in a restaurant/pub/bar, Curl BC recommends that curlers keep their masks on indoors as much as possible.
  • Curl BC recommends distancing consistent with Step 3 recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer order. This means that teams can have two players sweeping a stone, and can once again sweep their opponents’ rocks behind the tee line.

You can read the full statement here: https://www.curlbc.ca/curl-bc-statement-on-b-c-s-new-proof-of-vaccination-order/

You can also find Curl BC's Return to Curling guidelines and related resources at www.curlbc.ca/resources/covid-19-resources/

 Our 2020 Return to Curling Plan is posted here. It will get updated as needed for the new season.

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