Many of you have communicated with us following the recent announcements from various government officials and in response to certain activities during this abnormal start to our season. Please see below the summary of these developments, as well as a few helpful reminders.
Red Zone: Curling clubs located within a red zone may remain open, but only practices of a maximum of two persons per ice sheet are authorized. All “supervised” activities, including supervised training sessions with coaches or with instructors, are prohibited. Curling clubs may use all of their ice sheets, but they must ensure that their members respect physical distancing regulations at all times, as well as setting up a clear and detailed protocol that addresses pandemic needs (equipment disinfection, etc.)
Orange and Yellow Zones: The practice of curling in yellow and orange zones is authorized according to the rules in effect within each zone. Click here for more details.
Travel: Non-essential travel is not authorized for any person residing within a red or an orange zone. Travelling for sports activities, of any kind, is not considered essential by government officials.
Curling Québec Championships and Events: The Curling Québec Board and staff continue to monitor the pandemic’s evolution closely while doing our best to ensure that our 2020-21 calendar comes to fruition. We will be using the pause imposed by authorities for October to explore all options available on this matter. To this end, the Board and the Competitions Committee will repeatedly convene over the coming weeks. We hope to inform competitors, host committees, etc. of our intentions as quickly as possible; please understand that the situation is constantly and rapidly evolving. Specific announcements will be communicated to you all in early November.
Sweeping: Although some organizations have adapted the rules concerning sweeping, Curling Québec and Curling Canada continue to jointly recommend the complete application of the guidelines published in the Return to Play document. This means that only one sweeper can sweep each thrown rock without the possibility of a take over by a teammate. No other person may sweep any rock. The sweeper may sweep their team’s stones behind the tee line, but they may not sweep an adversary’s rock. Whether players are wearing a mask or not, physical distancing rules must be applied at all times; to do so, skips may need to coordinate each other’s movements once a sweeper gets to the house (for example).
The recommendations on sweeping and general practice of curling may change throughout the season due to various factors, and should this be the case, we will inform you as quickly as possible. We recommend the rigorous application of these rules so that our sport’s practice may continue in a harmonized manner across our province.
We thank you for your consistent and precious cooperation. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.