Covid Guidelines

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.

Facilities

  • No food or drink will be available.
  • No spectators are allowed.
  • Face masks are not required while curling but should be worn at all other times while in the building unless there is a medical reason not to.
  • The changing rooms will not be available for changing. Please come ready to curl apart from changing your shoes, which will be done upstairs.
  • The toilets will be available.
  • There will be a one-way system in operation. The stair near the entrance door will be UP ONLY and the stairs at the far end of the bar will be DOWN ONLY.
  • The session start times will be 9:30am, 12:15pm, 3:00pm, 5:45pm and 8:30pm on all days.
  • Paying for ice at the rink is discouraged. The Trust are still working out exactly how this will work, but ask that as far as possible ice is prepaid. The club will prepay all club games, including outside games and will invoice individual players for the games they play that would normally be paid on the day.

Before Curling

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.

During Curling

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:

  • Only one player from the throwing team is permitted to sweep during each shot, and they should stay 2m away from the thrower.
  • Players in charge of the head should remain behind the hack when it is not their turn, and should not move forward to sweep any stones.
  • No player should sweep any stone during the opposition’s turn.
  • Anyone not taking part in the current shot should stand to the side of the sheet, well separated.

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.

After Curling

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.

Test & Protect

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 iceman@kinrosscurling.co.uk.

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.

 

Kinross Return to Curling video

Scottish Curling Covid-19 Guidance

Sport Scotland Covid Officer Role

Scottish Curling Return to Curling video