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February 17, 2022 – GOOD NEWS!
 

With the recent announcement from the provincial government, based on recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, our protocols are changing. Effective February 17th, 2022 at 12:01 am (midnight) the following changes to the club’s protocols will be effective:

  • Masks are no longer required while you are curling.   Please do not remove your mask until you are ready to play.   Anyone still wishing to wear a mask while curling is encouraged to do so.
  • Two sweepers are allowed a!gain, and sweeping in the house goes back to the usual way to play the game. No more limitations on our game playing.
  • The seating in the lounge will return to the normal configuration. Two teams may enjoy social time again, but If teams still wish to sit only 4 to a table, then please continue to do so; the choice is yours. Remember: Masks can only be removed while you are seated and having a drink, or eating.

Masks must continue to be worn in all interior areas of the club.

The capacity limits have been removed from all areas of the club, but we encourage you to continue physical distancing (staying 2 metres apart) whenever possible.

The alternate ends for beginning the game will continue.

The active screening questionnaire will also see positive changes, so please read it carefully when you are completing it. As an example, one of the key changes is the question regarding being identified as a “close contact.” If you are fully vaccinated, not immunocompromised, and not living in the same household as the positive COVID-19 person you may answer “no” to the question. This means you will be allowed to come to the club with no days of waiting.

We hope everyone enjoys the relaxation of the protocols, and we’re hopeful this will continue for the balance of our season.

Deb Wilkin

RKCC President

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January 24, 2022 – RKCC Reopening Protocols 31 January 2022
 

After reviewing the recent survey results and following the provincial regulations, we ask you to please read our revamped protocols carefully.  We thank everyone for their input into the survey as your comments were very helpful to us in writing these protocols.

  • Rescheduling of games: The Board has agreed to make several Saturdays available and possibly extend the season by one week to accommodate the completion of league play, where needed.
  • Please get your third (booster) shot if you are eligible and haven’t already done so. Not only does it provide you with further protection, but you will be ready if the government changes the vaccine mandate in the near future.
  • Capacity limit 50%: Based on fire regulation numbers, which means physical distancinof 2 metres, whenever possible.
    • Lounge (100 people, including spectators), ice shed, hallways, foyer, washrooms, locker rooms.
    • Tables - 4 per table in the lounge; must be seated for eating and/or drinking.
    • Note: You are not expected to buy your opponents a drink during this seating restriction.
    • One sweeper only to maintain 2 metre distance - stops at t-line. Opposing skip may sweep behind the t-line.
    • Alternating the ends for game start.
  • Cleaning rock handles at the end of the game - team starting game with hammer is responsible. Please use only one wipe for all 16 rocks.
  • Expanded Symptoms Screening Tool continues.
    • To be completed online before each game or when you arrive at the club for your game.
    • DO NOT COME TO THE CLUB IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY SYMPTOMS.
  • Contact Tracing continues.
    • League teams must be properly registered on the club’s website.
    • Spares and others must continue to sign in when they arrive.
    • Note: If you test positive for COVID-19 please follow the KFL&A Public Health protocols for isolating and contact tracing. The public health unit has limited our access to PCR tests and contact tracing procedures have changed.  If you are responsible to notify your close contacts, please do so as soon as possible, based on the KFL&A instructions.  The club will assist you, if asked, to determine who you may need to contact from a curling perspective, but the club is not responsible to contact anyone on your behalf.
  • Masks must be worn everywhere indoors except while seated for eating and/or drinking. We recommend a proper fitting mask and upgrading the level of protection, e.g., use more than two layers of cloth, or switch to a surgical mask.
  • Masks must be worn while curling. Please follow the same procedures as last season and try your best to reduce fogging of glasses. Most curlers were able to accomplish this;  but safety on the ice and health considerations are still valid.

Within three weeks - FEBRUARY 21st, 2022 - the government expects further lifting of capacity limits if all goes well.  We will revisit the protocols listed below before February 21st to determine if the club might be able to relax any of these.  Our anticipated changes at that time will be:

  • Tables in the lounge - may return to allowing 8 per table.
  • Masks - may no longer be required while curling.
  • Two sweepers - may be allowed again as it was last fall.

We’re hopeful the reopening of the club will continue smoothly from this point forward; but if we need to be flexible, we will once again do so.  Our membership already knows how to do this, and we are so appreciative of your continued commitment. Wishing you a warm welcome back and we hope you enjoy the rest of your season as safely as possible.

Sincerely,

Deb Wilkin,

RKCC Board and Return to Play Committee

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January 20, 2022 – RKCC Reopening 31 January 2022
 

Further to the provincial government’s announcement today, the Board met this evening and we’re pleased to announce the club will be reopening effective January 31st, 2022 at 12:01 am (midnight). The Senior Men’s Flight league will start their regular schedule on Monday morning at 9:00 am.

Further details on the updated Return-to-Play protocols will follow within the next few days. We hope to see you all back at the club and we thank you for your continued enthusiasm and support as we work through the process.

Sincerely,

Deb Wilkin
RKCC President

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January 4, 2022
 

The provincial government has changed the regulations to address the recent surge of COVID-19 cases.  Effective January 5th, 2022, at 12:01 am (midnight) until January 26th, 2022, at 12:01 am (midnight), the curling club must remain closed.  Both the lounge and curling facilities will not be available during this period.  We’re hopeful there won’t be an extension after January 26th, but the Board will keep you apprised either way.

We strongly encourage everyone to consider getting your next vaccination shot during this time, if you haven’t already done so.  Please check the KFL&A Public Health’s website for details of clinic or pharmacy availability.  The more vaccinated we are, the better protected we will be.

Let’s hope the rest of the season sees no further interruptions.  Please stay safe in the interim.

Deb Wilkin

RKCC President

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December 14, 2021
 

Due to the recent rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in Kingston, likely caused by the highly contagious nature of the new variant of concern, Omicron, the Board met this evening and has decided to close the club early for the 2021 holiday season.  We are doing so in order to help keep our community safe and follow the KFL&A Public Health’s revised restrictions issued today.  For further information, please visit the KFL&A dashboard which provides the status of cases here in Kingston.

https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/status-of-cases-in-kfla.aspx

Effective Dec 14th at 12:01 am (midnight) the club will be closed for all curling activities until January 9th at 12:01 am (midnight) 2022.  We will reopen subject to all local, provincial and federal orders/regulations in effect at that time. 

You may come to the club to pick up any items you wish before the holidays.

We hope this decision will allow everyone to enjoy a holiday break and alleviate some of the increasing anxiety we are currently experiencing.  We wish you all a safe holiday season and look forward to seeing everyone in the new year.

Best regards,

Deb Wilkin

RKCC President

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December 10, 2021
 

NOTE TO ALL MEMBERS - New requirement in the December 9th, 2021 KFL&A Medical Officer of Health’s Letter of Instruction to our club (sports and recreational fitness facilities).

Effective December 11th at 12:01 am we must actively screen patrons before they enter the club, using a COVID-19 Expanded Symptoms Screening Tool, and ensure individuals report the results to the club management.

We will implement this in two ways:

  1. Use the current email notification to all members with the COVID-19 Expanded Symptoms Screening Tool questions. You will continue to answer the questions and submit these to the club before you arrive for your scheduled game. This will meet the reporting requirement.

Note: This is now a requirement for entry into the club.  There is a list of non-compliant members and members who “failed” created every day.  If you are on the list you will need to answer the questionnaire when you arrive (see 2 below), or not be allowed into the club.

  1. A revised log-in binder on a designated table at the front entrance. You will need to read the questions and then attest that your answers are all “no.” In order to meet the reporting requirement, you must print your name, put your initials in the binder and provide the date you are attesting.

Note:  This is the method to be used for all members not previously scheduled for a game, e.g., here sparing, playing in a drop-in league or here as a spectator.

 

 In addition to the new requirement above:

  • We must continue contact tracing. It is therefore imperative that the club manager be advised when league games have been rescheduled to a new date and time.
  • Wearing masks inside the building is still required except to consume food or drink, or while engaging in an athletic or fitness activity (curling in the ice shed).
  • You must be seated at all times when consuming food or drink.

We encourage you to continue social distancing practices, whenever possible, within all interior spaces of the club.

Deb Wilkin - RKCC President

Steve Hulton - Club Manager

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October  28, 2021

EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1ST, 2021 SOME OF THE CLUB’S RETURN TO PLAY PROTOCOLS ARE CHANGING, BASED ON OUR MEMBERS REQUIREMENTS TO PROVIDE PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION.

  • NOTE OF IMPORTANCE:  PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU ARE FEELING UNWELL.  WE CANNOT EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH AS WE NOW MOVE INTO COLD/FLU SEASON AS WELL AS COVID-19.

What protocols remain:

  • Proof of full vaccination required to enter the club.  This proof has already been provided by our members, coaches and volunteers but other entrants/participants will need to meet this requirement.
  • Mask-wearing still required in all indoor areas, other than when seated in the lounge for eating/drinking, and while playing the game.
  • Active COVID-19 screening of each entrant/participant.  Please complete the questionnaire provided to you on the website before every scheduled game.  Please sign in for the times you are not scheduled but may be sparing.
  • All cleaning protocols remain in place.

What protocols are changing:

  • All previous capacity limits are lifted
  • All physical distancing requirements are removed, both in the ice shed and other internal areas of the club

This means:

  • Our lounge will now be able to have tables set at original (pre-COVID-19) levels without any restrictions (other than mandatory mask-wearing when not sitting to eat and or/drink).
  • No restrictions in the ice shed including the ability to have two sweepers and opposing sweeping behind the T-line.  in other words, the game is back to normal
  • No more staggering of rocks.  All games will start with the rocks at the west end of the ice.
  • Maximum capacity no longer needed in the locker rooms.

Please note that these changes may be modified at any time by the government or our local public health authority.  We will abide by all these regulations should that occur.

Deb Wilkin, Chair Return to Play Committee

RKCC President

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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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