Granite's COVID Response


We’re thrilled to be able to welcome each and every one of our valued members and staff back into our facility.

 

We’ve missed you! 

 

We hope that you and your family have remained safe and healthy during these challenging times. 

Based on the outline from the Saskatchewan Health Authority, we are excited to announce the reopening of our Curling Rink.

 

Your health and safety are our highest priority, and we have taken extensive safety measures, which include the following: UPDATED SEPTEMBER 18, 2020


PHYSICAL DISTANCING 

  • Signage and markers will increase spacing between curlers both on and off the ice as well as indicating traffic flow.


ENHANCED SANITIZATION 

  • Deep cleaning and disinfecting methods in the club will be executed each day.

  • All staff will be equipped with spray bottles for consistent cleaning of every frequently used surface with properly graded disinfectant.

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be located at the entrance of and throughout the club for curler and staff use.

  • Rental equipment will be sanitized after every use, however, we do encourage all curlers to purchase their own. We will have equipment available for purchase from our Pro Shop


AMENITIES

  • Lockers WILL NOT be available for the 2020-2021 season

  • Fountains/Water Coolers. These will remain closed. We encourage curlers to bring their own water bottles from home.


MEMBER PROTOCOLS

  • If you are feeling ill, please stay home.

  • It is Strongly Recommended that each person entering the Granite wears a mask until they are seated at their table or on the curling ice. This is based on Saskatoon Health's recommendation as we can't guarantee proper Physical Distancing every moment that you are in the lobby or lounge. This matches the City of Saskatoon's protocols for their recreational facilities.

  • Bring your own curling equipment. Do not share with others.

  • Please arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled start time.

  • Each team is responsible to advise the Granite, by email, players (or player changes) and their contact information, prior to the start of each of their scheduled games.


MEMBERSHIP

  • We will be following Saskatchewan Health Authority’s recommendation of Contactless Registration, whenever possible.

  • Online registration will be available on our website.

  • Payment is available online or at the rink. Contactless payment is encouraged over cash.


RINK CAPACITY

  • We are able to offer curling on all 9 of our sheets while still maintaining proper Physical Distancing.

  • We are currently examining ideas such as staggered start times to encourage proper Physical Distancing and Traffic Flow.


ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONS

  • Plastic shields will be installed at the front desk, bar and kitchen areas


START OF THE SEASON 

  • We are moving forward with our planned scheduled start of Thursday October 1st.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • We are committed to the health and safety of our members. All of our guidelines are inline with the guidelines outlined by the Saskatchewan Health Authorities (SHA). Please visit the SHA website for more information regarding the required Sports and Activities Guidelines which can be found HERE

  • We are also following the guidelines provided by both Curling Canada and CURLSASK. Curling Canada’s Return to Play Guidelines can be found HERE


FAQ’s

 

Please note that this was drafted on August 18, 2020 and is subject to change

 

Last Update September 18, 2020

 

The Granite is committed to the positive well-being of all members of the Granite community. The Granite will be aligning its COVID-19 Response Plan with updated SHA Guidelines and recommendations from our sport partner associations, Curling Canada and CURLSASK.

 

Will there be any rule changes for the sport of curling because of COVID safety concerns?

Yes, following Curling Canada’s recommendations, the “Single-Sweeper Rule” will be obeyed during all games at the Granite Curling Club during the 2020-21 season:

The “Single-Sweeper Rule” means that:

  • Only one sweeper maximum is permitted at all times
  • No “relaying” (no sweeper taking over for another sweeper at any time)
  • No sweeping an opponent’s stone after it passes the T-Line
  • No one aside from the dedicated sweeper for a shot can sweep any stone (including ticks and bumps and raises)

Will there be any other changes to the on-ice experience this season?

Yes, following Curling Canada’s recommendations, there will be a number of changes to the on-ice curling experience. Some of these on-ice changes will include:

  • No coin-flips (consider “rock-paper-scissor” instead)
  • No handshakes (consider a “raise-of-the-broom” instead)
  • No touching other curler’s stones with your hand (use your broom or foot instead)
  • No “bare-hand” cleaning of the bottom of your stone (use your glove or broom instead)
  • Benches (we will continue to research if we can offer on ice benches this season)
  • No group congregating on the backboards
  • All players should obey physical distancing recommendations during play

Only the “delivering team” is permitted access to the house during their turn (the opposing skip should stand in the hack area and await their turn to reclaim access to the house)

 

 

There will likely be other changes to your on-ice experience as well (e.g., the method of scorekeeping and measuring, the manner of entering the ice area, loaner equipment availability, doubles board handling, etc.). These changes will be determined and announced prior to the opening of the curling season.

 

 

Is the Granite permitted to use all 9 of its sheets of ice at the same time during the 2020-21 curling season?

Yes, according to SHA Guidelines, a facility like the Granite is permitted to use all 9 sheets of ice at the same time to normal capacity because curling is considered a non-contact activity that can be enjoyed while maintaining physical distance.

 

What if members of my team are from the same household or if we are already cohorting together. Can we use two sweepers?

No. Whether one is from the same household or not, the “Single-Sweeper Rule” will be maintained for all Granite leagues and for all players.

 

Will all Granite’s Leagues be playing during the 2020-21 season?

Yes, all leagues will be operating at normal capacity during the 2020-21 season.

 

Will the Granite’s Junior Program be operating at normal capacity?

Yes, the Junior Program will be operating at normal capacity during the 2020-21 season.


Will league fee refunds be issued if the Granite is required to shut down for public health reasons? 


Yes, a modified prorated league fee refund will be offered if SHA requires curling clubs like the Granite to shut down during our scheduled 2020-21 season. The Granite’s refund policy for all curlers during the 2020-21 season will be as follows:

  1. If the 2020-21 season never begins or transpires then curlers will be provided the option of a 100% refund of all league fees or a credit toward next curling season.
  2. If the 2020-21 season is cut short within the first 1 – 5 games then curlers will be provided the option of a 75% refund of all league fees or a credit toward next curling season.
  3. If the 2020-21 season is cut short within the first 6 – 10 games then curlers will be provided the option of a 50% refund of all league fees or a credit toward next curling season. 
  4. If the 2020-21 season is cut short within the first 11 – 14 games then curlers will be provided the option of a 25% refund of all league fees or a credit toward next curling season. 
  5. If the 2020-21 season is cut short at or after 15 games then there will be no refund provided.

Interruptions: if the Granite is required to close temporarily because of SHA requirements then every reasonable effort will be made to ensure that make-up games can be rescheduled during the 2020-21 season’s timeframe.

Administration fee: all refund transactions will be subject to a $20 administration fee to help cover the credit card fees and administrative labor.

With respect to the Granite’s refund policy, it may be important to point out that the Granite’s policy is crafted in such a way to both protect our curler’s financial interests and to ensure that the Granite is sufficiently viable to offer its curlers a facility in subsequent seasons.