The Victoria Curling Club is committed to protecting the health and safety of our staff and curlers.
As we are not only a recreational facility, but also a cafe/restaurant/bar, so as per the Provincial Health Order of August 23/24:
- It will be mandatory to be double vaccinated in order to enter our facility - proof will need to be shown in line with the provincial mandates on the "vaccine passport".
- Masks are mandatory inside the VCC, except when seated at the cafe or upstairs lounge; or on the ice surface while playing.
- Notwithstanding the above, masks are strongly encouraged while on the ice surface playing.
Those are the basic rules. As far as further impacts to the Club in terms of protocols, we are still under "Stage 3" restrictions as far as most other operating procedures are concerned:
- Four players per team are allowed - no sweeping restrictions as in the past season. It is *your* comfort on the ice that is important, so discuss with your team.
- The upstairs lounge will be open. Seating at tables will be limited to 8 (2 teams), but at your discretion, tables for 4 (one team) or fewer is perfectly acceptable. As a "Club Licensee" we are allowed to continue to have self-service at the bar (i.e. as per normal), but you must make your way directly to your table - no table hopping is permitted once seated. If you are bringing curling equipment up with you, please store it under the table, with brooms in the provided slots in the tables. We will be spacing tables to ensure ease of traffic flow, as in the past year.
- The lobby area will no longer be limited in terms of numbers, allowing us to have full draws go onto the ice at one time, therefore we will be reverting to "regular" draw times: for daytime morning leagues, that will be a 10:00am start time; for evening leagues the early draw will be 6:15pm or 6:30pm, with the late draw starting at 8:45pm.
- As per last season, we recommend one person per team deal with the spraying and sanitizing of the rock handles before each game. The Club will provide clean rags and disinfectant.
- Broom taps pre and post game are still recommended over handshakes.
- Events - i.e. anything outside of regular league curling, that is "organized" - continue to be governed by the Stage 3 restrictions which state that maximum capacity of an area is 50%. On the ice, that is not an issue, as 64 people is well below the maximum capacity there; however, upstairs that means a maximum number of 80 patrons will be allowed for things like meetings, organized socials, etc. For most normal activities at the Club, this will not affect us, but we'll continue to monitor and adapt as needed.
- We will continue to adhere to both the provincial government orders, as they come down, and also to follow the recommendations and guidance of our governing body, Curl BC. For the full press release from Curl BC on these latest orders, please see https://www.curlbc.ca/
curl-bc-statement-on-b-c-s- new-proof-of-vaccination- order/
We ask all staff and Club members who are feeling ill to stay home. As well, no person is
permitted in the facility:
● If they are experiencing any COVID-19 like symptoms in the past 10 days. Symptoms
include fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and new
muscle aches or headaches.
● Who resides with a person who has tested positive or is being tested for COVID-19
● Who resides with a person who is displaying COVID-19 like symptoms
● Who has come into contact with a person being tested for COVID-19
● Who has been directed by the public health authority to self-isolate
● Who has arrived from outside of Canada within the last 14 days
Anyone found in non-compliance with the above conditions will be asked to leave the facility immediately.
- There are no facilities for spectators in the lobby area. We ask that members only bring family members to the Club as needed. There is limited seating for cafe patrons in the cafe area; everyone else looking for tables and chairs should head upstairs.
- The building entrance on Quadra Street will only be used for entry to the building. The only exit from the building is the exit door next to Sheet 8. Please follow posted signage.
- We continue to recommend that you come "ready to curl" - bring your change of shoes, but please have your other curling gear already on.
- After your game, if you choose to bring your shoe bag and broom upstairs, we have broom "stations" at each table, and you will be expected to store any personal items under the table.
- The VCC will not be accepting cash payments in the office or the lounge until further notice.
- ALL CURLERS MUST HAVE REGISTERED AND SIGNED THE APPROPRIATE WAIVERS PRIOR TO STEPPING ON THE ICE AT ANY TIME DURING THE SEASON.