According to Manitou Curling Club chairperson Dwight Crawford, “There are lots of new rules to follow this year.” He adds they will be following specific return to play guidelines, as the health and well-being of curlers is top priority.
The most notable changes to play this season involve the use of only one sweeper during games, no sweeping an opposition’s stone behind the tee-line, and specific locations on the ice dedicated for the non-throwing team to be stationed.
All players will be required to sign a waiver or assumption of risk form this year.
Strict cleaning protocols will be followed, with players required to frequently use hand sanitizer.
The flow of traffic will be controlled in the rink, with a limited number of people in the change rooms at one time, and then a specific route marked out to get to the ice surface.
Inside, tables will be set up with four chairs only to maximize physical distancing and the members of each rink are asked to stay seated together.
Floor curling has been put on hold for the fall, and organizers will assess the COVID- 19 situation in the new year and decide whether it is safe to start up a shortened season at that time.