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September 13, 2021
VACCINE CERTIFICATE REVIEW DATES

Effective Sept 22nd YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ENTER THE CLUB UNTIL YOUR VACCINE CERTIFICATE REVIEW IS COMPLETE.  Please do not send any documents via email as we’re not keeping any electronic records.

In order to get your vaccine certificate reviewed before you curl, we’ve set up the following dates for you to come to the club. Please help everyone involved by showing up on one of these dates.  Otherwise, line ups are likely to occur if you leave it until the first time you are curling, causing delays in the start of the games.

Bring your government vaccine certificate (paper copy or PDF on your phone) and a piece of government issued photo ID (e.g., Health Card or Driver’s Licence) in case we need to confirm your identity:

  • Saturday, Sept 25th 8:30 am - 11:00 am and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Monday, Sept 27th 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Sept 28th 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Sept 29th 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In order to protect your privacy as best we can, we will not be asking for or keeping copies of any of these materials after we have verified your vaccine status.  One master members’ list will be kept in the Club Manager’s office for safe keeping.

NOTE:  Youth curlers (12-16) will have their vaccine certificate reviewed on their first day of curling, Sunday, Oct 17th.  Along with their vaccine certificate, this group should bring something we can use to identify who they are, e.g., birth certificate, health card (without photo), passport, or something from school.  Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this regulation and may enter the club; but parents accompanying these children will need to present their vaccine certificate and photo ID.

RETURN TO PLAY UPDATE - Zoom Seminar presented by Keith Mitchell and Peter Coughlin 

  • Wednesday, Sept 29th at 8:00 pm

The seminar is open to all and will be recorded and posted to the website afterward.

Please register under Event Registration if you wish to attend the Zoom presentation.

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September 4, 2021

Important Notice 

The Ontario government has announced that it requires proof of vaccination in select settings. Our curling club is one of those settings.

As of September 22nd, 2021 we will be required to verify that all people over the age of 11 entering the club are fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) by reviewing their paper or pdf vaccine receipt along with a government issued photo ID (Health Card or Driver’s Licence). 

Please ensure you have this proof to provide to us; otherwise, you will not be able to enter the club.

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August 25, 2021
 

As we embark on our second season of curling with the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting all our lives, we strongly recommend you receive your two vaccination doses, if you haven’t already done so, before the season starts.  Should the government enact any type of vaccine mandate we don’t want to see your season interrupted because you are not fully compliant. Currently in the KFLA Public Health area, over 80% of people aged 50 and up are completely vaccinated. Any further changes to government regulations will be adhered to by the club.

Our goal is to once again keep everyone as safe as possible and still experience a year of curling as best we reasonably can.  We will continue with the same game format (stay 2m apart, whenever possible, only one sweeper) until the province changes the public health measures.  The building and ice shed signage will remain regarding 2m distances for a visual reminder of this space requirement. As we’re now 18 months into this pandemic, we’re treating everyone as knowledgeable, responsible adults as we go forward.

We continue to follow the same three guiding principles approved by the Board last season:

  • Adhere to the Ontario government regulations - currently titled Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Step 3
  • Adhere to the Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington Public Health orders
  • Implement the Curling Canada/CurlON Return-to-Play 2.0 guidelines where appropriate for our club

Our collective success from last year:

  • One of the few clubs in the province to open
  • No COVID-19 outbreaks/cases at the club
  • Safety Plan and Return to Play plan well received
  • KFL&A site inspection of RKCC protocols was passed
  • KFL&A Public Health Unit protocols and leadership established robust contact tracing processes resulting in relatively low numbers of illness and deaths in our area

Key Board decisions for this season:

  • For fully immunized players (both shots + 14 days) masks may be removed while playing the game or while eating or drinking. We still encourage you to wear your mask if that makes you feel more comfortable.
  • For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated players masks must be worn at all times on the ice and off the ice. Failure to comply could result in a suspension of membership from the club.
  • Any member who is not eligible to be vaccinated (under 12 years of age in 2021) must also wear a mask at all times.
  • The Participant Agreement is still valid; only new/returning members not here last season need to sign one this year.
  • Leagues will be scheduled as they were in 2019, prior to the pandemic. The increased capacity within the club should accommodate this scheduling.
  • Bonspiels and rentals will be permitted, but participants must sign the Participant Agreement and follow the same mask-wearing rules as above.
  • All lockers will be available, but we’re maintaining the maximums allowed in the locker rooms at one time to encourage 2m distancing, whenever possible.
  • Seating in the lounge will be 8 to a table, with a minimum of 2m between the tables. This configuration meets the current public health requirements for distancing. Please remember, it’s your choice to go into the lounge.
  • Getting a drink at the bar will resume, with patrons standing 2m apart and 2m away from others sitting at tables.
  • All cleaning protocols will be maintained, according to current public health requirements.
  • Contact tracing and COVID-19 health screening must and will continue.

A refresher presentation of the revised protocols is being planned by the Curling Committee for later in September.

If any of these revised protocols are causing you anxiety, we would ask that you reach out to any Board members, the Return to Play Task Force members or Reply to this e-mail.   We recognize that every recreational activity has its risks and respect your decision regarding membership. We hope you will join us this year to enjoy one of our and Canada’s favourite games.

Best regards,
Deb Wilkin
President, RKCC and Chair, Return to Play Task Force

Members of Task Force:
Steve Hulton
Karen Matheson
Keith Mitchell
Kathleen Poole
Martha Tanner
Deb Wilkin 


 

A team from Royal Kingston CC won the Nette Thwaites Trophy (third place) at the Women's Tankard Provincials held Sunday at the Annandale CC in Ajax.   Congratulations all!   
 
From left: Celia Russell, Kimberly Barker, Kathleen Poole, Tammy Scott-Zelt (skip), Courtney Barnhill, Carol Fitzpatrick, Mary Dupuis and Donna Jeffery (skip).
 
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