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April 1, 2021
 

As a result of the Ontario government’s announcement today enacting the “Emergency Brake” province-wide shutdown, the RKCC Board is sorry to advise that the 2020-2021 curling season will end April 3rd, 2021 at 12:01 am (one minute after midnight).  As the regulations are in effect for a minimum of 28 days, there will be no curling Saturday onward and this season’s Championship Weekend originally scheduled for April 16th and 17th is cancelled.

The club will be open next week Tuesday-Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for members wishing to clean out their lockers.  Further dates and times will be announced by the club manager.

Please remember to mark your calendars  and Register to attend the AGM, May 19th at 6:00 pm via Zoom.

Again, the Board would like to thank all of you for keeping the club going in these very unusual times.  Your continued support has not gone unnoticed.   We’re hopeful our planned spring and summer activities will soon be in full swing.

Best regards,

Deb Wilkin, President

RKCC Board

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March 26, 2021
 

There are only three weeks remaining until our curling season wraps up for 2020-2021.   Please continue your concerted efforts to wear your mask, social distance whenever possible, and stay within small groups for short periods of time.  This is all good advice that comes from KFL&A public health and Dr. Moore, as well as the club’s protocols that have been in effect for the season.   As many of you are aware, there are two curling clubs in close proximity to Kingston that have recently experienced COVID-19 outbreaks.  With continued diligence we are hopeful our club will not become the third.

Arriving earlier than 15 minutes before our games and congregating outside the two entrances to the ice shed is still problematic for many leagues.  We again ask that you stay aware of the protocols.  The ice shed doors are often locked to enable our technicians to complete the needed ice maintenance safely, so arriving early only adds to the tendency to congregate with your teammates.

The configuration of the tables and seating in the lounge is purposeful and the result of KFL&A public health requirements for our club.   Please help our staff and other members by respecting these limitations that have been placed on us.  

With vaccinations now underway, the Board is hopeful that next year’s season will be closer to a normal one.  We know this year has been extremely difficult for everyone and we sincerely thank you for all that you have done to keep yourselves and others safe.

Best regards,

Deb Wilkin

RKCC Board and Return to Play Committee 

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February 8, 2021

The provincial government has announced that the KFL&A area will no longer be in lockdown effective February 10th.  KFL&A will move back into the green level of the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Response Framework:  Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (November 2020)

 As a result of this announcement, our club will be reopening, commencing with 60 minute practice sessions, on Wednesday, February 10th  at 9 AM. This is truly an Event so please register for ONE of the eight time slots we have available.

Scheduled league games will begin again on Thursday, February 11th, where possible.

We are delighted to have our curlers returning, with over two months of play still being planned for this season. The club will not be extending the season beyond April 17th

As a reminder, all previously Board approved protocols remain in place.  This includes the new configuration of the lounge that was implemented in mid-December, as required by KFL&A Public Health.  Please remember to practice all protocols, including, but not limited to:

  • Hand hygiene
  • Mask-wearing
  • Two metre (six feet) distancing
  • Not arriving for your game any earlier than 15 minutes before the start time
  • Going out to the ice shed as soon as possible after your arrival, avoiding congregating in the foyer and hallway before your game

Please see our COVID-19 information on our website if you need to review the complete Return to Play and Safety Plan documents.

Welcome back, and good curling.

Best regards,

Deb Wilkin

RKCC Board and Return to Play Committee

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January 13, 2021

As announced by the Ontario government yesterday, the province has enacted further regulations with the hope of reducing the detrimental effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  As a result of this decision, there will be no curling activities at the club until at least February 11th, 2021.  

The Board decided at its December meeting not to extend the season beyond the already planned final curling date of April 17th, 2021.  We are very hopeful that our season will recommence on February 11th, 2021, which will still give us over two months to play out the balance of the curling year.

We know this is a huge disappointment to everyone, but we remain optimistic that we will still have many games played before April 17th.  Please continue to stay safe and healthy and we hope to see you soon.

Best regards,
Deb Wilkin
RKCC President

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December 21, 2020

As announced today by the provincial government, the KFL&A area will be in lock-down effective Dec 26th, 12:01 am until Jan 23rd, 12:01 am.

The club will still be open for scheduled league play on Tuesday Dec 22nd. With regard to any curling activity after Wednesday Dec. 23rd, the club will be closed to its members during the lock-down timeframe.

The Board has its monthly meeting scheduled for this Wednesday, Dec 23rd, after which further information will be forthcoming.

Best regards,

Deb Wilkin

President

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December 11, 2020

I’m pleased to advise that the KFL&A Public Health Unit has completed a site visit and provided an inspection report dated December 10, 2020.  The site visit occurred while the Day Ladies Flight league was playing this past Wednesday morning.  Most players were wearing masks on the ice. The report is positive about the measures we have in place to ensure physical distancing on and off the ice, the availability of hand sanitizer, our infection prevention measures, screening measures and our contact tracing records.

There is one area of concern regarding the social time in the lounge after curling.  As a result, it is now required that curlers must, at a minimum, remain 2m (6 feet) apart at a table.  To that end, the lounge seating arrangement has been reconfigured to comply, effective immediately.  The maximum number of tables allowed is 10, with seating for 40.

A recommendation for screening individuals was also noted in the report.  The contact sign-in sheet at the front door will now include a column for individuals to acknowledge self-screening before entering the club.  As most members receive the COVID-19 questionnaire via e-mail before a scheduled game, please continue to complete and submit It before entering the club for your game.

In the November 30th email I stated that the Board had asked the Return to Play committee to re-examine the recent decision regarding mask-wearing on the ice.  The Board held a special meeting last evening to consider many timely issues, and here are the results:

  • Mask wearing is mandatory in the ice shed, with the exception of safety issues such as vision problems, breathing issues and other medical conditions.

You are no longer allowed to remove your mask for sweeping or throwing your rock.

There are many suggestions available to help de-fog your glasses and we ask members to please try to resolve this issue if this is the only reason you believe you are unable to wear a mask. Face shields are not a substitute for masks.

These changes are effective Saturday, December 12th at 12:01 am.

As the Ontario COVID-19 RESPONSE FRAMEWORK:  Keeping Ontario Safe and Open states face coverings are not required while exercising, the Board will re-examine this decision when KFL&A goes back to the Green Level.

  • The club will not reopen after the Christmas break on December 24th, until January 10th, 2021.

Even though public health advice is to stay home for the holidays, the Board thought it best to keep the club closed so the “holiday travelers” to and from the KFL&A area could stay away from the club for a reasonable time after possible exposure to COVID.

  • Should KFL&A move into the Orange Level before the Christmas break, the lounge will be closed until reopening of the club on January 10th, 2021.
  • Any bonspiels being planned will not be offered if KFL&A is in the Orange or Red Level. Otherwise, each bonspiel will continue to be assessed on its merits.

Again, I must commend all our members and staff for your continued efforts to keep everyone as safe as reasonably possible, and the club open. Following our protocols is key to our ongoing success in all areas. The Board and the Return to Play committee will continue to monitor our protocols and make adjustments when necessary.

Another member survey will be sent during the holiday break, and we encourage you to complete it. Your input is always important to us as we move forward.

If I don’t see you at the club beforehand, please have a safe holiday season and we hope to see you back in the new year beginning January 10th, 2021.

Sincerely,
Deb Wilkin
RKCC Board and Return to Play Committee

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November 30, 2020

UPDATE on NEW MASK-WEARING POLICY

Given recent feedback from some of our members regarding mask-wearing, especially for those who wear glasses, the Board wishes to advise:

1)  That it is safety first on the ice, so until you have had an opportunity to try different methods to defog your glasses, you are not to put yourselves in danger;

2)  After attempting methods to defog, if that does not work for you, we can consider your situation as a medical exemption from wearing a mask;

3)  The Return to Play committee will review the mask-wearing change of rule at a meeting to be held this week, and make recommendations to the Board.

In the interim, please continue to follow all RTP protocols already established, including social/physical distancing.  Just to give a few examples, we still see the following situations, but this is not an exhaustive list:

  • Too many players in or around the house;
  • Skips and vices both in the house and not six feet apart;
  • Team members behind the house with the skip watching the opposition playing;
  • Not getting out to the ice quickly at the beginning of the game. In other words, congregating in the hallway, or the end boards.

Please see the RTP Committee report in November’s “The Sweep” for further examples.

Best regards,
Deb Wilkin
RKCC Board

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November 27, 2020

At its November 26th meeting the RKCC Board approved the following amendment to our club's Return to Play and Safety Plans.

"To have all curlers wear a mask continuously when on the ice with the exception of when throwing rocks or sweeping."

This amendment is effective immediately.

The Board members realize this is a change in our protocols but it was decided it was needed at this time to continue our efforts to keep us all as safe as possible. The second wave of the COID-19 pandemic is still affecting all we do.

Deb Wilkin
RKCC Board  President

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November 6, 2020

The Ontario government is introducing a new framework, the COVID-19 Response Framework:  Keeping Ontario Safe and Open, that is effective November 7th, 2020. Our public health unit, Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A), is under the PREVENT measures category of the framework, which is the least restrictive level.  As a result, we are not anticipating any changes or new restrictions to our current operations or league play.

Our club has been reopened for a month now.  The Return to Play and Safety plans seem to be working, for the most part, as we all become accustomed to a new way of life at RKCC. To safeguard the continuation of our very fortunate position, please respect the protocols the Board has implemented.  This includes maintaining the configuration of the tables and chairs in the lounge.  Tables must be a minimum of six feet apart and seating is limited to four at each table.

We do not enact these protocols just to make your life difficult; we do so to keep everyone safe and to ensure we don’t get sanctioned by our local health unit or other government authority.  We are one of the few clubs in our area that is even open, so please help keep it that way, and remind your friends/teammates as well.  Our staff should not be put in the position of reminding us of the necessary protocols - on or off the ice. 

If you have questions, please ask, as we are here to help everyone keep enjoying the club and the game safely.  Check with the club manager, your league convenor, league chair, or any member of the Return to Play task force for possible answers.

Thank you one and all for your continued efforts.

Best regards,
Deb Wilkin
President

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TO ALL MEMBERS – October 9, 2020

I’m pleased to announce that our 2020-2021 season has begun.  The Evening Men’s Flight league played its first games on Thursday, Oct 8th, utilizing all three ice times.  As we begin the new style of play there is bound to be some confusion over all the new rules and practices, on and off the ice.   Please handle these times with patience and kindness towards your fellow players and our employees.

Our membership registration continues to be strong, even with these challenging, changing times.  I would like to sincerely thank all the volunteers and staff who have worked so diligently over the past few months to get us ready for this reopening.  The game we love is back!!!  Please continue to stay safe and enjoy your games.

Best regards,
Deb Wilkin,
President

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NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS – August 27, 2020 

Well the day has finally arrived – our Return to Play and Safety Plan documents have been approved by the Board and are now available on our website. We hope you find them informative and helpful with your decision-making for the upcoming curling season. Please remember these are living documents and could change as our circumstances change. 

Several training and information sessions are being designed as we speak, so please stay tuned for the exact dates, times, and formats to be posted soon. Your feedback is always welcome.

All the best, 

Deb Wilkin
President

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RETURN TO PLAY TASK FORCE Update for RKCC Members August 4, 2020

We have now met for four consecutive weeks to develop the safety protocols for curling this fall.  Major strides have already been made, and we will continue meeting on a weekly basis, with our final plan scheduled to be released at the end of August.  Here is a summary of the work completed to date:

  • Three Guiding Principles established for the task force:
  • Adhere to the Ontario government’s regulations for Stage 3 reopening
  • Adhere to the Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington Public Health orders
  • Implement the CurlON/ Curling Canada Return-to-Play guidelines where appropriate for our club
  • Many consultations with our KFL&A PH Health Inspector - starting in the spring for pickleball and now for curling. He advised us on:
    • 50 participants allowed in the ice shed, and
    • 50 participants allowed in the lounge
      • Note: the two areas must be separate & with distinct purposes
    • Protocols for proper locker room usage
    • Clarification regarding league play within the club (yes, you can belong to more than one league)
  • KFL&A PH Health Inspector has been invited to meet with the task force at the club to review safety protocols on site
  • Board approved Participant Agreement to be signed by all members, visitors and employees
  • RKCC COVID-19 Safety Plan document being completed:
  • Assessment of the risks at the club
  • Implement protocols to reduce the risks, including all club cleaning requirements
    • Mask wearing and physical distancing requirements
    • Policy development where needed
    • Communications plans and training as required
    • Monitoring and updating of plans as necessary
  • Traffic flow on and off the ice, and game scheduling procedures are well underway, including contact tracing processes
  • Training/educational workshops being designed by the Curling Committee

The task force is focused on taking every reasonable measure to protect your health and ensure a safe return to the game we all enjoy. However, we recognize that playing sports always involves some level of risk and that ultimately it is up to you to decide whether or when to return. We hope our efforts will help you with your decision.

Best regards,

Deb Wilkin, Martha Tanner, Karen Matheson, Keith Mitchell, Steve Hulton

Return To Play Task Force

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NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD July 24, 2020

On behalf of the RKCC Board of Directors, I am pleased to provide you with this update.

The club will be reopening for the 2020-2021 season, beginning Oct 5th, 2020, with league play beginning October 13th, 2020.  All of your favourite leagues will again be available.  The lounge and locker rooms will also be accessible.

The Return-to-Play task force continues to meet to ensure all government regulations and local health authority orders are being implemented to ensure your safety, with more details to be published by the end of August.  Another survey being sent in the next week or so will help this group finalize its recommendations to the Board. Please be sure to complete and submit it so your views are known.

Please stay tuned for the member registration process to begin sometime in early August.  Just as a reminder, for returning members, the registration deadline date is September 13th, 2020.

We are so looking forward to seeing all of you back for another season.  There will be changes to the way we play the game, so please plan to join us during the first week for the information sessions/practices being designed for you.  Don’t forget to check out the CurlON/Curling Canada Guidelines, Webinar, and FAQs available on our website.  Let’s learn and play together and continue to enjoy the game we all love.

Further updates will be sent as we progress towards opening.

Sincerely,

Deb Wilkin

President, Royal Kingston Curling Club

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NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL KINGSTON CURLING CLUB, July 13, 2020

On behalf of the RKCC Board of Directors, I am pleased to provide you with this update.

The Ontario Government announced today that Stage 3 of the COVID-19 provincial reopening plan will be effective beginning this Friday, July 17th, at 12:01 am.  All indoor recreational facilities are included in the reopening, subject to a maximum limit of 50 people.  Physical distancing will still be required with people outside your social circle, which remains at a maximum of 10 people.

There are still many details to consider and the Board will be developing our next steps during the upcoming weeks.  The Return-to-Play workforce has developed Guiding Principles and has begun discussing the club’s plan for the fall. CurlON/Curling Canada have released their Return-to-Play Guidelines, which we will post on the club’s website.   Other committees continue to consider the many options available and which ones best consider the continued safety of our members, our employees and our broader community as we move forward.

The next Board meeting is being held July 22nd, 2020 after which we will provide another update regarding our plans.

Respectfully,

Deb Wilkin

President, Royal Kingston Curling Club

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NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL KINGSTON CURLING CLUB, May 29, 2020

On behalf of the RKCC Board of Directors, I am pleased to provide you with this update.

As previously announced, curling activities for the 2019/2020 season ceased on March 15th.   The Club closed to the public shortly after that, as per government regulation.   The Board of Directors and several committees have continued to meet since then, using internet meeting facilities, and we continue to monitor COVID-19 regulations and developments.

The RKCC Curling Committee has developed a curling calendar for the 2020/2021 season, based on the premise that the club will open on time in September, and under our existing league and bonspiel frameworks.   The RKCC Finance Committee is developing a draft budget for the 2020/2021 season that is consistent with this expectation.

In addition, the Board and the committees are considering the impacts of alternative scenarios, including a potential deferral of the opening date, as well as potential changes in the league frameworks that might arise from updated curling protocols.   In particular, we have been advised by CurlON that a “return to play” action plan is in development by Curling Canada and all member associations, which should be available for review and approval sometime in June 2020.

At our most recent Board meeting, we ratified the hiring of a new Head Ice Technician.   You will hear more about this in a future update. In addition, we established the date and time of the 2020 Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be a virtual meeting, and will be held on Wednesday, July 8th , starting at 7:00 pm.   More details will follow on how to register for this meeting.  

The Board and committees will continue to meet over the summer and refine our plans for the 2020/2021 curling season. I would like to assure you that the safety of our members, our employees and our broader community will continue to be a priority during our deliberations.

We will keep you informed of any further developments, as they arise, and we thank you for your patience and support during these challenging and unusual times. 

Sincerely, 

Edward Gibson

President, Royal Kingston Curling Club


 

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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