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Update: December 27, 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:

Government of BC

  • As of December 20, 2021: Provincial Health Officer restrictions in effect until January 31, 2022 indicate that sport activities such as regular league play for team sport can continue. Sport tournaments such as bonspiels are not allowed. (Standalone bars also need to shut down until at least January 18).
  • Proof of vaccination is required for indoor adult group and team sports for people 22 years old or older.
  • Youth 12 and older participating in sport events and programs primarily with adults must show proof of vaccination. Youth participants (21 and under) in a youth sport event or program do not need to show proof of vaccination.
  • Volunteers helping with youth sport must show proof of vaccination.
  • You must be able to show your BC Vaccine Card (or equivalent proof from another province/territory) to curl.
  • You can give your consent for the club to record your vaccination proof so you don't have to show it every time you come to curl. For more info on the BC Vaccine Cards, see Proof of vaccination at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/proof
  • Spectators must show proof of vaccination at indoor sport and activities.

Interior Health

  • Team sports are allowed for adults and youth.
  • Participants (up to 22 years old) in youth sports are exempt from proof of vaccination.
  • 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.

Curl BC

  • December 23, 2021: Curl BC email to curling centres confirms:
    • Regularly scheduled league curling has been given an exemption.
    • Aside from a move to 50% spectator capacity, there are no additional on-ice safety protocols beyond full vaccination and masks.
    • Under the new orders, bonspiels will not be permitted, only regularly scheduled league play. 
    • For clubs with food and beverage service, there are specific new restrictions. Only those with full meal service will be permitted to operate lounges, clubs with a liquor-only license will need to close their bars until the expiration of the order. 
  • August 24, 2021: Curl BC Statement on B.C.’s new proof of vaccination order outlines:
    • 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.

What this means for the Oliver Curling Club

When you're registering:

The Board of Directors has considered the guidelines around adult and youth sports and determined that proof of vaccination requirements will be based on league as well as age:

  • All curlers in adult leagues must have proof of vaccination
  • Curlers under the age of 22 do not need proof of vaccination to curl in the Junior League only.
  • Adult volunteers in Junior League and other Junior Program activities must have proof of vaccination.
  • We’ve introduced a Record of Consent & Proof of Vaccination form so you can give us permission to check your vaccine card once and record that we’ve seen proof. Both you and a club representative sign the form. If you don’t provide consent, you’ll have to show your proof of vaccination every time you come to curl.
  • 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 or $5/game for Stick League).

When you're at the club:

  • Masks are required in the building except when you are curling.
  • Wear your mask in the lobby. When you go on the ice to curl, you can remove it. Put it back on when you re-enter the lobby or use the washrooms.
  • You can also remove your mask when seated at your table in the bar.
  • Do not come to the curling rink if you have any symptoms of COVID, cold or flu. Also stay away if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID or just returned from outside of Canada within the last 14 days.

When you're playing:

No modifications to game play are required this season: teams can have two sweepers and sweeping is allowed behind the tee line. But there are still some good practices to keep doing:

  • Don’t shake hands – a broom tap is fine to start and end games.
  • Use a coin from your pocket to determine which team throws first rocks.
  • Use hand sanitizer often and keep your hands to yourself (e.g., avoid touching other curlers’ rocks or equipment).
  • When you are not actively throwing, sweeping, calling a shot – stay out of the way (like we always do) and respect other curlers’ space.
  • Bring your own bottle of water (there are no water coolers in the rink).
  • Club equipment (brooms, sticks, stabilizers, grippers) will be available for curlers to use as well as disinfectant and paper towels to clean it before/after using.


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