As you are aware, Zone 1 (Moncton area) has now entered into the Orange Alert Level with Zone 2 (Saint John area) following them tonight.
The information contained the attached updated Province of NB-Tourism, Heritage & Culture-Sport & Recreation Branch Q&A carries many amendments to both “Orange & Yellow Alert Levels” and states that clubs within the Orange Alert Level “may operate but are limited to practices and or/skill & drills within a single team.” (#2 of attached Q&A)
Curling NB has consulted directly with the Province of NB which resulted in the following:
- Curling is a sport that can be played, with the modifications contained in the Curling Canada/Curling NB Return-to-Play Guidelines, while constantly maintaining the required 2 metre physical distancing.
- The required physical distancing can also be maintained during entrance/exiting of the facility, during movement within the facility & while changing (foot ware/jacket) in preparation to go into the ice shed/leave the building.
Given the above two points and adding the requirement to wear masks, not only withing the “club house” but also in the ice shed, with removal ONLY while sweeping, clubs in the Orange Alert Level should be able to maintain normal club play. Clubs in the Yellow Alert Level are strongly recommended to follow these same on-ice mask wearing enhancements.
Clubs in the Orange Alert Level who choose to remain open while ensuring STRICT compliance with the above will also be subject to all other restrictions/requirement set out by the Province of NB, including, but not limited to the maximum number of individuals allowed in the facility and required screening. (#11 of attached Q&A)
Please see the e-mail below from the “Sport & Recreation Branch” along with the attached revised Q&A.
Good luck and good curling. Stay Safe!!