COVID-19 Info

2021 WINTER SESSION CANCELLED

It is with heavy hearts, and much sadness, that the Executive/Board wish to inform WLCC members that the remainder of the 2020/2021 season has been cancelled.  After a lot of debate, considering our Province’s current position regarding adult sports during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the club’s current financial situation, this most difficult Executive decision was ratified by the Board on Sunday, January 17th, 2021.  The Executive/Board have planned for the closure of the rink and for the refunding of fees to members.  Mike Pedersen (President) communicated through member emails (President’s Message Jan.19.2021), information regarding the closure and refunds.  The latter is further detailed in an email from Ken Hall (Club Manager) (Refund Letter January 2021) sent to everyone on January 24th.

While the Executive & Board regret having to make this decision it is felt that this is in the best interest of our members and our club, and we will now focus our energies in moving forward as we all look forward to the resumption of curling in the Fall.  We wish to express our gratitude for the support and patience members have shown us during this unprecedented season.  Likewise we wish to recognize the efforts of our members as we all continue to do our part to reduce the spread of the COVID 19 virus.  We recognize that members continue to make sacrifices for the preservation of the health of club members, and for the greater health of our community, and we thank you for this!  Thanks also for a great Fall 2020 curling season  …. here’s looking forward to seeing everyone in the Fall of 2021!

INDEFINITE SUSPENSION OF CURLING

On December 2nd, 2020, and for an indefinite period of time, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that all “Adult Team Sports” were to suspend play, effective immediately.  What that means is that as of Wednesday, December 2nd at 4pm all adult leagues were suspended until further notice. 

Even though adult league play is suspended junior members who are taking lessons may continue in those lessons.  As such, lessons for the juniors will continue until the end of their season, which is Saturday, December 12th.

At this point in time there are no plans to continue either adult or junior programs in the New Year.  The Executive/Board of the WLCC will await further direction from Dr. Bonnie Henry through the PHO and the Minister of Health.  It is our hope, though, that we will be able to continue curling sometime in January 2021  ….  stay tuned for more info by following us on our Facebook page and/or checking out this website.

NEW HEALTH GUIDELINES FOR CURLING

Due to the rising number of COVID cases in BC, Dr. Bonnie Henry put new restrictions in place effective midnight November 19th and extending to at least December 7th, 2020.  For a complete read of the specific document please go to the COVID-BC website.  There are a couple of items that may directly affect the members of the WLCC and both our Manager and Lounge Manager are currently looking for clarification on a few items.   The only thing we are clear on is that there are NO SPECTATORS allowed at this time.  The wearing of a mask while on the ice is one of the things we are seeking clarification on so until such time as that is cleared up we continue to require all members to wear a mask in the lobby, the change rooms, the washrooms, and the lounge, and we are encouraging members to wear a mask WHILE ON THE ICE as well.  Other possible changes include  procedures in our lounge area, which are currently being investigated, so stay tuned for more info on that.  

While we have a solid COVID plan in place to protect our members and staff, these changes brought forward on Thursday by Dr. Bonnie Henry may bring about some different ways we do things at the club.  Please be kind, be respectful, and follow all our procedure and guidelines so that we may continue to enjoy the sport of curling with family and friends and so that the WLCC can remain open at this time.  We are dedicated to keeping the WLCC “the place to be” for a welcoming, inclusive, and safe sporting activity and we hope that all members will continue to help us embrace this while complying with any/all health guidelines.  Thanks for everyone’s cooperation!

WE HAVE A PLAN!

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RETURN TO CURLING DOCUMENTS

Williams Lake Curling Club COVID-19 Safety Plan

Williams Lake-Illness-Policy

WLCC Outbreak Policy

Return to Curling – Coming to the Rink

Return to Curling – On the Ice

Return to Curling – Coming off the Ice

WLCC Bar – COVID-19 Protocol September 28, 2020

COVID-19 REFUND POLICY

 

SWEEPING CHANGES

Some new changes to how we handle sweeping  …. 

Just released – New/Additional Sweeping Rule (December 2nd, 2020) – The Skip/Vice-Skip of the delivering team may now sweep the opponents rock(s) behind the T-Line.  It should be noted that at no time can any player from the non-delivering team engage in sweeping any rocks – this part of the sweeping rules has remained unchanged at this time.  All other COVID sweeping rules remain in effect.  Please see below for more details on all of the sweeping rules to date.

The last release of curling sweeping rules was on December 2nd, 2020.  Prior to that sweeping rules were modified on October 25th, 2020.  For a more complete document please check out the Sweeping Changes article on the CurlBC website.   Previously only 3 of the 4 players could be involved in active play, and only 1 of them could sweep.  The new procedures allow all 4 team members to be involved in active play and 3 of the 4 members could be involved in sweeping, but still only 1 sweeper at a time.  Here are the “Cole’s Notes” of the changes:

  • While only 1 sweeper is allowed at any given time, sweepers are now able to “tag-in” and take over, BUT  ….
    • Can only be done at the far Hog Line for the 2 designated sweepers and the Skip/Vice-Skip.
    • Only 1 “tag” can take place per shot.
  • The delivering team is now allowed to sweep their own rocks and the opposition’s rocks behind the T-Line (December 2nd, 2020).
    • Only 1 sweeper is allowed to sweep behind the T-Line.
    • If no “tag” is made then the current sweeper may stay on his/her team’s rocks behind the T-line.
    • The Skip/Vice-Skip is allowed to “tag-in” at the hog line and sweep behind the T-Line.
      • NOTE – The opponents (non-delivering team) rocks are allowed to be swept behind the T-Line.
        • The Skip/Vice-Skip of the non-delivering team still CAN NOT sweep any rocks and must remain socially distanced on the back carpet area.

Other changes have come about due to the new sweeping rules …  they are:

  • The player who delivers their rock is now allowed to return to the back carpet area to await their next turn, while social distancing from the opposing team.
  • Being as both team members for the delivering team may now be involved in sweeping they both remain on the ice surface, ready to take over at the given points of transfer.
    • Once again, all players must continue to maintain the proper 2m social distance from everyone.
  • Both the Skip & Vice-Skip may confer on the back carpet area as long as they, and the opposition team members, remain socially distanced.