St Vital is closed for the season.
Dear SVCC Curlers,
The St. Vital Curling Club Board of Directors would like to provide an update on Club's operations and the 2020-21 season. We are disappointed with the new Public Order set to come into effect on February 12th that curling could not continue to play. With the unknown date of when curling will be allowed, the Board of Directors have made the difficult decision to shut down the ice plant and close the club for the season.
In the preparation to return to play, the ice plant has been running and Andrew our Ice Maker has been maintaining the ice surface since we closed on November 1, 2020. This was to allow us for a quick turn-around should the Province lift restrictions. Unfortunately, this has not happened, and the club has incurred months of expenses. Our projected seasonal shortfall is significant and will affect us all. We did apply to all available grants to cover some of the expenses.
We had been operating under the assumption that all of us — members and renters at SVCC — would be able to return and enjoy a curling season this year, with a possible extension of games beyond our usual mid-March. But we certainly never foresaw a Code Red being in effect for over 3.5 months, or its economic fallout.
We have always been committed to a fair refund policy for both members and our rental leagues, and remain committed to it, under our Return to Play Guidelines (LINK). The refund policy is prorated based on the number of games played less a non-refundable 10% start-up fee. More information on refunds and/or donating back to the club to follow.
Over the 88 years SVCC has been in operation, we have been so grateful for this community, and its ongoing support. In these tough times, we've really missed being able to get together, and look forward to the days we can meet and play at SVCC again.
Stay healthy and safe,
St. Vital Curling Club Board of Directors
SVCC Safety Measures 2020 – 2021 Curling Season
- All 2-hour leagues will have their play times reduced to 1h45 and will use a 1h20 bell. In the interest of fairness, this will be enforced even if there is spare time between leagues
- There shall only be one sweeper at a time and skips cannot sweep opposing rocks that pass the T- line
- There will also be markings on the ice indicating where to stand when waiting to play
- No hand-shakes before or after the game
- Scoreboards will not be available to use: paper and pencil will be supplied for each game
- Curlers who are not already registered at SVCC will not be permitted to spare
- Masks are mandatory for everyone while in the club, with the exceptions of while on the ice or seated at a table
- Hand sanitizer & disinfectant wipes will be available
- Upon entry, all people must sanitize their hands
- Curlers will be required to clean their own rocks before and after play
- All facilities will continuously be cleaned
- All curlers must sign a Curl Canada waiver and provide an e-mail address for contact tracing
- If you do not have a personal e-mail you must provide an e-mail of a friend or family member
- A pro-rated refund policy will apply if curling is cancelled during the season and less than 75% of the draws were played
- Proper social distancing/practices and spacing will be in effect with tables/chairs spaced 6 feet apart
- We encourage all curlers to support the kitchen and bar and stay after your game
• All curlers will come prepared to curl and will change their shoes and drop off their outerwear in the downstairs unisex locker room • Leagues will have an exclusive 15-minute window before and after their games to change shoes, as well as dedicated 1-way foot traffic paths • Curling equipment cannot be left at the club
• Entrance and exit to the building will be through the front door with directional arrows on the stairs • Curlers will enter the uni-sex locker via the main staircase and exit via the opposite door • Pre-game exit from the locker will be straight to the ice • Once the game is over, exit to the sheet 6 door and straight down to the locker • When ready to leave, proceed back up the other stair and either continue up to the lounge or through the main floor and outside
• Spectators will not be allowed in the club unless they are patrons of the restaurant or bar
REGULATIONS AND POLICIES
SVCC will adhere as closely as possible to recommendations put forth by Curl Canada and all government regulations. Please review these guidelines at: www.curling.ca/return-to-play
SVCC is dedicated to following all directives and protocols as they are announced by the Government of Manitoba
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