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COVID-19 FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

26. If I have paid this season’s registration fees, but decide not to curl, can I leave those fees with the club in order to pay for next season’s fees?
No, this is not possible. If you choose not to curl this season, leaving your paid registration fees with the club can only be used as a donation.

25. Why has the club changed its policy of wearing a mask on the ice when CurlON and Curling Canada do not mandate it?
The decision to change the Granite policy to have members wear masks while curling was not an easy one. The return-to-curl committee and the Board were very sensitive to the growing cases of COVID in Ottawa and made the decision for the health and safety of all its members. We know there are some draw backs and extra care that needs to be taken when wearing a mask on the ice. But we felt, at the time, that this was the best course of action. It is important to note that other clubs in Ottawa adopted the same policy right from the start of the season. We will continue to regularly review all our COVID policies and the Board will revisit the need to wear masks on the ice when we are given permission by the Province to reopen.

24. The Ontario government recently adjusted its gathering limits for indoor events to 10. Why is the Granite curling club able to remain open?
The newly imposed gathering limits apply to private unmonitored social gatherings only. Recreational & public venues have been excluded, & remain as per the Stage 3 regulations.

23. Will my spot in the league in which I am currently registered be held for me if I choose not to re-register for the season 2020-2021?
Leagues will hold spots for those who were members during the season 2019-2020, but who won’t be returning for the season 2020-2021. Those members will be able to renew as usual for the season 2021-2022.

22. Although Curling Canada doesn’t impose the wearing of a mask while playing, am I allowed to wear one?
It is for every member to decide whether or not they choose to wear a mask while playing. However, it is important to note that the Granite doesn’t have an HVAC system that would mechanically exchange air and create air flow in either the ice shed or the main building. If you choose to wear masks while curling, you may find during physical exertion that the masks become damp, which may render the masks less effective. Advice from the Government of Canada website states that “Non-medical face masks or face coverings should be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty.” For this reason it is recommended that you bring several masks with you.

21. Will I retain eligibility as a member to vote in the redevelopment process if I don’t renew this year’s fees?
Any member in good standing at the end of last season 2019-2020, and new members registered for this season 2020-2021 will be eligible to vote on redevelopment issues during the 2020-2021 season.

20. What is the deadline for requesting a full refund of the registration fees already paid for the 2020-2021 season?
The deadline for requesting a full refund is November 1, 2020.

19. Can our team still play as four by switching out sweepers after each throw?
Yes. The new game format allows a team to still play as four, but also works well for three.

18. The Return to Curl guidelines Game Play Section 5b states that there is “no switching sweepers during a play”. Does “play” mean the entire game or an end?
The term “play” refers to a rock being thrown. There is to be no switching of sweepers during a throw. Sweepers can switch out between throws when taking their places for their next throw.

17. While socializing in the bar, why will it not be possible for four people to sit at a 5’ round table rather than two people sit at a 6’ rectangular table?
The 5’ round tables do not allow four people to be appropriately distanced 6’ from each other.

16. What are the plans if someone reports that they have contracted Covid?
The club will be closed for cleaning for three days, but will then re-open to resume regular operations. All members who have been present at the club at the same time as the member who has tested positive for Covid will be informed so that they may get themselves tested. Information from Ottawa Public Health states that members “who have had close contact (spent extensive time within a 2 metre radius) with the person who has tested positive may need to take additional precautions and will be contacted by Ottawa Public Health.”

15. What is the responsibility of volunteers who will be sanitizing?
The volunteers will be asked to sanitize high traffic areas. There will be a list of duties posted clearly in the club. Sanitizer will be provided. It is also asked that every member using the club kindly use the supplied sanitizer tissues to wipe chairs in the viewing area after use. Bathrooms are not included in the list of duties for volunteers, however, members are requested to sanitize the bathroom after their use.

14. Is a face shield an acceptable replacement for a mask?
No. If a face shield is used in the bar or viewing area of the club, a face mask must also be used at the same time. In addition, masks with exhalation valves are also not permitted to be used in place of a face mask.

13. Will there be initial training arrangements made to guide members through the new protocols?
Yes. Clinic sessions are planned to take place at the start of the season. Emails will be sent with times and registration details.

12. What provision will be made for members who are unable or unwilling to install the Contact Tracing app on their phone?
There will be an iPad at the entrance of the club for each member to scan their arrival. For members who do not have the Contact Tracing app installed on their phone, a laminated card with a printed bar code can be provided.

11. What is the definition of competitive leagues vs recreational?
Curling recreationally means that there will be no official scoring and there will be no progression or relegation through divisions during the season. For leagues with multiple divisions, this is to create division bubbles of players and limit exposure. Additionally, there will be no opportunity to make up games that are missed due to cancellation.

10. Why is the building capacity in the club limited to 50 people now that the Ontario government is allowing 50 people per room within the same building?
While the Ontario government has allowed the capacity to be increased to 50 people per room, physical distancing must still be obtained, which will be quite difficult with this increased capacity. If the club were to increase the building capacity to allow for 50 people in the bar/viewing area and 50 people in the ice shed, there would be difficulty in managing the capacity in each room when games change over. However, as the situation with COVID evolves, the sub-committee will ensure that the Return to Curling Plan reflects changes in provincial guidelines."

9. If the club is required to close due to a COVID outbreak, will we receive a refund for the time that we’re not able to play?
This will be dependent on the amount of time that the club is closed for, and would be evaluated when the situation arises.

8. If I have already paid my registration fees, but choose not to return, can I claim a refund?
Yes, you will receive a full refund if you choose not to return for the season.

7. What happens if the game is still in progress as the end of the allotted game time approaches?
The game must stop to allow players time to tidy away the rocks, as normal, and exit the ice before the 90 minute game time elapses.

6. How long are the games? Is the 15 minute rule still in place?
All games must be concluded 90 minutes after their scheduled start time – for example, a 5pm draw must finish and leave the ice by 6:30pm. 
The 15 minute rule is still in place. You must start the final end no later than 75 minutes after the scheduled start time. In the previous example, an end may not begin after 6:15pm.

5. There are 24 people on the ice, no one in the bar or viewing area, can I sit & watch the games currently being played?
No. Spectators are not allowed at all at this time

4. If there are games taking place on only three sheets, can I practice on the fourth?
No. Only scheduled games are to be played. There is no practice ice being made available at any time.

3. When can the skip take control of the house?
Once the opposing skip has relinquished control of the house

2. Can skips sweep in the house?
No. The sweeper from the team currently in control of the house is the only player who can sweep during the game

1. Can we play with two people sweeping at the same time if both sweepers wear masks?
No. Only one person must be sweeping at one time. All players on the ice must maintain physical distancing.


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Founded in 1953, the Granite Curling Club of West Ottawa was formed to be the first club in the area to curl exclusively with granite rocks. 

We have grown from modest beginnings with 176 members to a club that serves over 650 members and operates 7 days a week.  We offer a wide variety of adult leagues as well as "learn to curl" programs for adults and kids.

We embrace all levels of curling from beginners to competitive and we hope to see you on the ice soon.

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