Club members should follow the relevant rules from the government, Scottish Curling and Kinross Curling. At the bottom of this page are links to various documents that will provide full details of these guidelines and how they will be implemented in Kinross, but I have summarised the main details below. You can also watch the Scottish Curling Return to Curling video which tries to show what it might be like and the Kinross Return to Curling video which takes you on walkthrough of the rink under the new system.
If you are unable to play then please make every effort to arrange a sub. However, the committee have decided to suspend penalty points whilst the coronavirus restrictions are in place, as we do not want anyone turning up to play when they are not feeling well just so that their team are not penalised.
Curlers should arrive no more than 15 minutes before the start of their session and should sanitise their hands on entry. They then head up to the bar area to change their shoes and wait for the bell before heading down the back stairs and onto the ice.
The scoreboards will not be used, and one person should be assigned the job of completing the scorecard.
To maintain physical distancing, there will be some restrictions to sweeping:
In practice, this means that the person in the head does not sweep any stones. The person who has swept the stone all the way up may continue to sweep anything necessary until the shot is finished. They may sweep behind the tee line and they may sweep an opposition stone that has been hit. This is a recent change to the original Scottish Curling guidelines.
There will be a bell at 1 hour 45 minutes (equivalent to our current bell at 1 hour 50 minutes). Any ends already in play will be allowed to continue until a second bell at 1 hour 55 minutes. At this point any stone already in play will be allowed to finish. Then, if one team has then played more stones than the other team one more stone may be delivered so that both teams have played the same number of stones. No more stones may be delivered and the score for the final end is recorded at this point.
Before leaving the ice, please return the stones to where they were at the start of the session. Stones will probably be at alternate ends to help with social distancing so it may be necessary to move all the stones to the other end.
Curlers must go back upstairs via the front stairs (one way system).
After changing your shoes, leave the building as soon as possible by going down the back stairs.
It must be possible to provide the names of everyone curling at each session in case this is needed by Test & Protect. This will be implemented in Kinross in the following way:
If your club has a covid officer (we do, Angela Wilcox and Eileen Thomas) then you will not need to register at the rink to play your club games. However, if you are playing in games outside of the club, such as the ladies superleague, then a registration form must be completed unless one of the team is a covid officer and has already registered to cover those games. Registration forms are per team or per match. Forms will be available at the rink or can be downloaded from the link below. They can be handed in during the game or emailed in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is therefore vitally important that all scorecards are passed to Angela or Eileen as soon as possible after the game. Skips are responsible for ensuring this is done. Cards should contain the full names of all players so there is no confusion about which ‘Sue’ was playing. For club competitions please take cards upstairs and hand over to Angela or Eileen, and for outside games when they are not present take a photo of the card, make sure it is complete and legible, and email or message it to one of them. Please DO NOT leave score cards lying at the end of the sheet.
Below you can read the Kinross Curling, Scottish Curling and Sport Scotland documents. You can also download the covid registration form as a Word document for completing on your computer and emailing in to the rink, or you can print the form and fill it in and hand in during your game. Forms will also be available at the rink.
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