If you were a member of HCC in the 2019-2020 season OR you asked for more information about membership in the upcoming curling season, you should have received an email from the club. We hope that you are healthy and doing well. The Club’s Directors met this past week to share ideas and try to envision what Friday night curling might look like at this time. We are optimistic that we can resume our Friday night social event realizing there will need to be protocols to ensure safety for all. It will be fun, but different. The Directors are committed to pivoting quickly as needed. Here is what we think it might look like. Please read the information below and then reply ASAP to the email to let us know if you are joining us to curl this year. Sufficient numbers are needed to offer affordable curling in Haldimand.
HCC will subsidize costs (Ice & room rentals, insurance, sanitizing supplies) to minimize impact on our membership.
We are excited to propose a 15-week season for $200. 15 October – 10 December, 2021 + 21 January – 4 March, 2022.
Capacity limits on ice and in the McSorley Room are set by Haldimand County on advice from the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit.
Members only will be allowed to attend. Members are required to have received their second Covid-19 Vaccine. Hand sanitizer will be available for use. Contact tracing forms must be submitted to the Arena staff each night. Similar to protocols we are already “used to”, masks will be worn at all times. Assigned rooms will be used for changing into curling shoes and (mandatory) grippers before going on the ice. Outdoor gear may be left there while on-ice. If you don’t have a broom, we will loan you a broom for the season. At this time, our Bar will operate AFTER games only. First draw will begin at 6:30 pm with mandatory “off the ice” at 8:15 pm. This allows for arena staff to prep the ice for the second draw. Just as we have to respect the current on-ice limits, there are limits upstairs. Masks and social distancing are expected by the County. We are still working through the protocols needed for our after-game social time and the safe operation of the Bar.
Curling protocols are guided by Curling Ontario and Canada Curling best practice guidelines. Most noteworthy are:
1. Masks are worn by all on the ice EXCEPT the active sweeper.
2. Only one curler may sweep a rock.
Again, more details will be provided once we have heard back from you! Directors meet again mid-September. So…are you willing to join us on Fridays as a member of the Haldimand Curling Club at the arena in Cayuga? Please reply letting us know ASAP or by Labour Day if we can count you in or not. Questions? Comments? All are appreciated as we navigate a new approach to curling.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. We miss our Haldimand Curling Club group.
on behalf of the HCC Directors:
Kevin, Randy, Glenn, Mary, Lenore, Sandie, Andy, Brendan, Kathy, Bill.
Haldimand Curling Club
P.O. Box 546, Cayuga ON
If you did not receive an email and want to curl with us, use the “Contact Us” page of the website no later than Labour Day.