Update from Curling Alberta
From Jill Richard, Executive Director
May 22, 2020
We know these are strange and unprecedented times, but we hope we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as Alberta begins to reopen under government direction. As this unfolds, we want to work with you to make sure our curling rinks are ready to welcome back curlers for the 2020-‘21 season, when we are able.
Working with Curling Canada and the other 13 other provincial and territorial curling associations, we are in the process of developing curling-specific “Return to Play” guidelines for players, administrators, coaches, and organizers that will help you prepare for the new season and new circumstances based on COVID-19. These guidelines will be shared with you as soon as possible, with a targeted release in June. We acknowledge that many clubs and curlers feel an urgency on this topic, and we respect the importance of having this information sooner rather than later. At the same time, we feel it is important to work together to establish alignment in our return to play strategies, and assure you that we are working diligently through a very thorough process to develop guidelines which have been tested and will be applicable and helpful to curling centres of all varieties.
With the approval of federal, provincial/territorial and civic governments that we can indeed open our doors, and respecting their published guidelines, Curling Canada and its provincial/territorial partners will be presenting webinars and information packages to help our member clubs prepare for a return to play this fall. Beginning at the end of May 2020, we will present an information webinar for our affiliated curling centres providing them with information on where and how to apply for eligible funding. This will be followed in June by information on the new reality of play, cleanliness, and ways to keep your doors open and your membership safe. Other topics in the works for this summer include ‘friendly’ payment options for your membership, and money-saving ideas to potentially reduce the costs of opening the doors. Please feel free to reach out with other suggestions on topics that will help you going forward.
In addition, Curling Alberta is seeking access to participate in all consultation opportunities with our ministry, and is involved with advocacy efforts with the provincial government to illustrate how we can play an important role in our recovery from the pandemic, and to encourage continued investments in our sector. Within our provincial context, we are also advocating to understand where curling facilities are to be included in the reopening plan. We believe that curling is unique when compared to other sports that are played in arenas and recreation centres, which at this time are not scheduled to re-open until phase three.
Also, there is information available about the current Government of Canada Economic Responses that your club may qualify for funding to help offset some of the costs related to Covid-19. We are continuously monitoring updates and will keep you informed.
Club address change
As of April 1, 2020, the Rose City Curling Club’s civic address has been changed by the City of Camrose to maintain a consistent addressing system for providing essential services such as Police, Fire and Ambulance.
Our new address is:
Suite 5, 4412 – 56 Street
Camrose, Alberta T4V 5K4
Please note this change when mailing any correspondence to us. Our email and phone contact information remains the same.
Curling Season Ends
To our Members and Users of the Rose City Curling Club:
Please be advised that due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the City of Camrose has made the decision to close the Recreation Centre starting the morning of March 15th and until further notice. This means the curling season is over at the Rose City Curling Club. We would like to thank everyone for participating this year and we hope to see you back in the fall.
Just a reminder: The City of Camrose will be painting the main floor interior including the locker room during the off season, therefore we ask all curlers to remove the locks and contents from your locker as soon as possible. Access to the curling club will only be allowed through the north door and only for the hours of 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday to Friday this week so please stop by to pick up your belongings. If you are not able to pick up your stuff this week, please call the club to talk to Sarah about this. Any locks or contents remaining after April 1st will be removed and placed in the lost and found for next season. We ask that you not stay longer than absolutely necessary when you come for your belongings.
The Spring General Meeting for March 23rd is being postponed until a later date. Watch your email and the website in the coming months for more information.
As you know, the COVID-19 situation is changing every day so everyone please stay well and follow this link for the most up-to-date information – https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
Rose City Curling Club Board of Directors and General Manager
Please Note: The 50/50 for the week ending March 12th has been claimed and the $202 was won by Cathy Andreassen.
Mixed Bonspiel Winners
Congratulations to the following Event Winners at the Mixed Bonspiel, March 6 and 7:
L to R: Dave Diduck (Lead), Adam Belanger (Second), Joanne Martz (Third), Jason Diduck (Skip)
CANCELLED CurlJam March 20