Covid-19 update Dec. 8
The Mass Gathering and Events Order measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 have been extended until Jan. 8, 2021.
The temporary measures include a pause on all adult team sports including curling. However, this pause does NOT have an expiration date of Jan. 8. We do not yet know when the restrictions will be lifted.
What we do know:
- A sport specific order is being produced. We do not know the details within it or when it will be published.
- Travel for sport, including youth sport, is still restricted. This means individuals should not go to a curling centre where they are not a member.
- Lounges cannot hold “events” as defined in the Mass Gatherings and Events Order. So that means no Christmas parties, banquets, etc.
- Please visit ABLE BC for advice on how to operate your lounge during these restrictions.
Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions. The info is taken from viaSport’s FAQs.
Q: What activities are allowed for youth? Can programming include games?
A: Curling for youth (under 19 years of age) can continue but:
- Participants must maintain a physical distance of three metres from one another;
- Activities should be low risk of transmitting the virus (e.g. – individual activities, group training that maintains physical distance). Games, tournaments and competitions for teams are NOT allowed.
Q: What activities are allowed for adult curlers?
A: Individual training can happen, with a coach or partner (up to two people on a sheet of ice). No matter how large the space is, group sizes in your lobby or ice shed cannot exceed 50 people.
Q: What restrictions are in place for spectators?
A: No spectators are not permitted for sport, unless necessary to provide care to a participant. For example – first aid attendants. It means parents should not be watching their children’s training activities.
Q: Can youth team sports still have games within their home club?
A: No. Team games and competitions are not permitted at this time.
Q: If masks are worn, can the requirement to physical distance be reduced?
A: Masks can be worn as an additional layer of protection, but the requirement to maintain 3 metres of physical distance is still in place.
Q: If 3 metres physical distance can be maintained, can team programming for adults continue?
Q: Are in-person coach/officials training courses allowed to occur?
A: No. In-person group education is considered an event that is not allowed under the events and gatherings order at this time.
Q: Are there exemptions in place for high performance athletes?
A: High performance athletes are individuals that have been identified to a targeted athlete list with the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific by their respective Provincial Sport Organization or National Sport Organization. Athletes that meet this criteria are exempt from the Order. BC based travel and training, may occur without requirements for physical distance.