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Covid-19 Protocols @ NHCC

Covid-19 has impacted every facet of our lives.  Our Board has studied the directives from Alberta Government, City of Calgary, and Curling Canada, in order to safely resume our activities for the 2020-21 season. We are excited to welcome you back, with some new protocols! Please read the following and also complete the two waivers below and submit to the club prior to your first night of curling.

There will be changes on & off the ice. These will include the following:

HEALTH + WELLNESS:

  • Please DO NOT attend NHCC if you have traveled abroad or have ANY symptoms – sore throat, runny nose, etc.
  • Prize money will not be awarded this year and Sparing rules will be relaxed to discourage players who might be contagious from showing up anyway.
  • Names and phone numbers are necessary for contact tracing. Anyone entering the club must provide information to the office or designate.

BEFORE YOUR GAME:

  • Games will have staggered start times to avoid congestion.
  • Foot traffic throughout the main floor, onto the ice, up the stairs, and into the lounge will be controlled to allow distancing. Please watch for and observe all signs.  Volunteer greeters will help with traffic flow.
  • As per Calgary Bylaw, MASKS MUST BE WORN INTO THE CLUB. As per Alberta Guidance for Sport and Recreation, masks may be removed at your curling sheet, in preparation for physical exertion.
  • There will be no access to changing rooms. Please arrive dressed for curling. We will provide chairs and space to change/store shoes, and to hang up winter coats. 
  • Everyone is welcome to patronize the cafeteria and/or lounge before and after games. To avoid crowding, please avoid the main floor shortly before and after your game.
  • Space will be designated for “stretching”; please observe distancing at all times.

ON ICE

  • All games will be 6 ends to start the season. We need sufficient time to sanitize all high touch surfaces in between draws. NOTE: We will be re-evaluating weekly to see how we may speed up our procedures (without sacrificing your or our staff’s safety) in order to extend playing time. We ask for patience while we navigate this!
  • To facilitate distancing, only 1 sweeper per rock at all times, including in the house. Other players on both teams will have designated spots to stand & wait. These will be indicated on the ice surface.
  • Handshakes, fist bumps, even elbow touches are too close. 2 metres between players are necessary.  Try a “Namaste” greeting, or a “North Hill Nod” instead.
  • Scores will be submitted online after each game. There will be more details on this closer to the season start. 

AFTER YOUR GAME

  • Masks should be worn after your game; they may be removed if you’re seated to consume food/beverage.
  • Please store your gear in your vehicle after games, as locker/storage areas are not available.
  • To avoid congestion, one staircase will be dedicated for “up”, the other for going “down”.
  • A section upstairs, near the South side windows, will be set aside for eating/drinking cafeteria products, before or after games.
  • Signage will direct traffic for drink service in the lounge.
  • Table seating will follow Alberta Food/Beverage restrictions (Separation of tables, chair limits per table, etc.

ABUSE POLICY

  • Let’s enjoy ourselves as we always do!  Respect each other and respect our team.  Any abuse or harassment towards our hardworking Staff, fellow Curlers or Board Members surrounding our new protocols will not be tolerated

Waivers and Forms

We have two (2) forms that must be completed by every curler and submitted to the club prior to your first night of curling. There are no exceptions to this; you may either email these forms to the club or bring with you on your first night. You will not be allowed on the ice without these forms completed:

Ongoing Reassessment

Regulations and expert advice are updated often, so our approach is fluid.  We plan to reassess often. 

We are guided by the Alberta Guidance for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation: (https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-relaunch-sports-physical-activity-and-recreation.pdf), Alberta Guidance for Restaurants and Hospitality: (https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/covid-19-information-guidance-for-restaurants-cafes-pubs-and-bars), City of Calgary Mask Bylaw: (https://www.calgary.ca/csps/cema/covid19/safety/covid-19-city-of-calgary-mask-bylaw.html), and Curling Canada Return to Play Guidelines (https://www.curling.ca/blog/2020/07/06/return-to-play-guidelines/). 

These Stages and Guidelines may progress, so watch for further updates at NHCC.  Please pay attention to our website, emails, and physical signs.

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