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Covid19 Return to Curling Protocol Summary v1.35

Coyotes Curling Club
Covid Guidance Change Published 9/13/2021


Subject: Temporary Guidance concerning Covid restriction change.

Behavioral Observations:

  • The vast majority of CCC members >90% have been fully vaccinated as at May 21, 2021 based on formal survey;
  • 65.9% of all Arizonans in our catchment age (20-65+) have had at least one vaccination
  • ~75% of all Arizonans in our catchment age (20-65+) have antibodies (Vaccine or Natural)
  • 95%+ of CCC’s current curlers have been vaccinated or have antibodies from natural illness
  • Covid Vaccination herd immunity is expected to be in the 75% to 85% range
  • Vaccinations and Natural Immunity have shown a 95%+ efficacy in preventing serious illness
  • Vaccinations and Natural Immunity have shown a significant benefit in reducing risk of transmission among
    vaccinated people.
  • Unfortunately, new cases per day have risen steadily for the last month to >3000/day in Arizona and >2000/day
    in Maricopa Count on the 14 day average which, based on pre-vaccination era protocols would put us Phase
    Black.
  • The Rate of Transmission in Arizona is currently trending flat or slightly downwards.
  • CDC Guidance stipulates that; ‘If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and
    prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high
    transmission.’
    • Arizona is considered an area of ‘substantial or high transmission’.

Conclusions: Given that the currently curling membership of the CCC maintains a high level of vaccination and/or natural
antibodies; and that the currently high level of daily new cases increases the risk of contracting and or spreading the
disease among both vaccinated and unvaccinated curlers;

It is recommended that;

Effective September 13/2021 the CCC advises that;

  • For CCC members, masks are optional on the ice surface but recommended if you have no immunity or if you
    are concerned about the spread of the virus to unprotected members.
  • Masks are mandatory in the warm room, locker areas and rest rooms for all participants except while actively
    eating or drinking. A buffer area will be provided near the exit where eating and drinking is not permitted so
    that those who do not wish to broomstack and can easily and safely exit the building.
  • During the current phase of restrictions spectators will not be allowed in the warm room.
  • Public corporate events and private parties will be permitted but all participants must wear masks in the warm
    room except while actively eating or drinking. All participants must leave the premises before the majority of
    league curlers arrive at the club. All instructors are required to wear masks in all areas of the warm room.
  • On the first night of league play an informal, anonymous survey will be conducted to determine the updated
    status of vaccinations or natural immunity among members.
  • Public learn to curls will not be held at this time
  • Private learn to curls will require masks in the warm rooms for all participants and masks will be recommended
    on the ice for participants and instructors. The private groups will have the option to play further restrictions at
    their discretion, but we will not mitigate our restrictions under any circumstance.

Note: Arizona is currently in an area of the infections curve that in the past has introduced a drop in the transmission
rate and the positivity test rate. The committee and the board will continue to monitor numbers and will revise the
guidance appropriately if the numbers do decrease significantly.

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Coyotes Curling Club

Covid-19 Return to Curling

Protocols Summary v1.35

 

Curling will return at the Coyotes Curling Club using a phased approach.  The phases will be activated based on Covid-9 metrics.  This document is a summary of the protocols, the details of the protocols can be received by contacting Wes Seeger via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All Phases for 2020-2021 Season

  • Three sheets of ice with 5’ of separation
  • Courtesy markers at mid-point between hog-lines
  • Sanitizing materials provided at every sheet
  • Ice House and Warm Room sanitized after every draw
  • Bubble Pods for league members
    • May only curl with the members of your pod in Red & Yellow phase
    • Pods permitted to play two draw times
    • If a member of the Pod is infected the entire Pod quarantines
    • 4 person teams or Doubles teams
    • Vaccinated players may play in all vaccinated leagues and one non-vaccinated pod in Red & Yellow phase
  • Each player will be required to sign a Declaration of Compliance and Assumption of Risk
  • No sharing of club brooms, sliders, grippers

Phase Black

  • Government agencies forbid activities in numbers greater than 10 or Coronavirus Test Positivity rate exceeds 10% in Arizona or Rate of
    Transmission (Rt) >.99 in Arizona or more than 1000 cases per day (2 week average)
  • No curling leagues
  • Once a week practicing may occur in Phase Black but must be limited to 10 participants at a time.
  • No social activities

Phase Red

  • Government agencies forbid activities in numbers greater than 50 or Coronavirus 2-week rolling Test Positivity rate exceeds 7.5% in
    Arizona or Rate of Transmission (Rt) >.80 in Arizona and fewer than 1000 cases per day (2 week average)
  • One or two draws Mon. – Thurs. in Pods only, 2 or 3 draws on Saturday/Sunday in pods only. Two vaccinated draws may occur on
    each weekday.
  • Pod practicing permitted but no special events
  • Mask required in warm room for Unvaccinated Leagues, masks optional in warm room for Vaccinated Leagues. Masks are optional but
    recommended in ice house.
  • One Sweeper, delivery team only, no sweeping behind tee-line except in vaccinated leagues.
  • No social activities

Phase Yellow

  • Government agencies forbid activities in numbers greater than 100 or Coronavirus 2-week rolling Test Positivity rate exceeds 5% in Arizona
    or Rate of Transmission (Rt) > .70 in Arizona and fewer than 500 cases per day (2 week average).
  • One draw Mon. – Thurs. in Pods only, 2 or 3 draws on Saturday/Sunday in pods only. Two vaccinated draws may occur on each weekday. 
  • Mask required in warm room for Unvaccinated Leagues, masks optional in warm room for Vaccinated Leagues. Masks are optional but
    recommended in ice house. 
  • One Sweeper, delivery team only, no sweeping behind tee-line except in vaccinated leagues. 
  • Social activities permitted with social distancing restrictions 
    • Joined tables, chairs with 6’ of separation 
    • Each participant must order, pick-up and carry their beverage themselves 
    • Only dedicated bar-tender behind the counter 
  • Practicing permitted in Pods only 
  • Restricted size LTCs and private lessons, no bonspiels or clinics

Phase Green 

  • Government agencies permits activities in numbers greater than 100 and Coronavirus 2-week rolling Test Positivity rate doesn’t exceeds 5%
    in Arizona and Rate of Transmission (Rt) <.70 in Arizona and fewer than 100 cases per day (2 week average).
  • One or two draws Mon. – Thurs. in Pods only, 2 or 3 draws on Saturday/Sunday. 
  • Vaccinated curlers may curl in any number of leagues. Unvaccinated/non-immune curlers may only play in one league.
    Curlers must provide proof of vaccination or active anti-bodies to curl in multiple leagues.
  • Pods are optional, Pod leagues may be offered. 
  • Masks encouraged, but optional, mask only leagues may be offered 
  • Two Sweepers permitted with masks recommended. Sweeping permitted behind the tee-line 
  • Social activities permitted with social distancing restrictions
    • One table per sheet of ice. Each sheet’s table/chairs must be 6’ from the other sheets’ table/chairs.
    • A path must be maintained for people who choose not take part in Social Activities to exit the warm room. 
    • Each participant must order, pick-up and carry their beverage themselves 
    • Only dedicated bar-tender behind the counter
    • Restricted LTCs, private lessons, bonspiels and clinics permitted

Phase Clear

  • Government agencies have no restrictions.
  • Curling and social activities unrestricted.

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