Curling during COVID-19

We hope to all be on the ice together as soon as possible, but we do not yet have a plan finalized for curling during the 2020-2021 season.

We hold the safety and well-being of our community as our top priority, and our board is in regular discussions about what curling will look like when we can get back on the ice. This set of guidelines will dictate how a return to curling will look for OSCC, and will continue to be updated as time goes on. Last updated: August 9, 2020

What to expect at the Rink 

  • Masks covering mouth and nose required for everyone off and on the ice. No mask = No curling
  • Arrive dressed and ready to curl
  • Utilize hand sanitizer upon entry into the rink
  • Respect a 6 feet or more social distancing off the ice and on the ice, to the best of your ability.
  • No spectators will be allowed
  • Each person shall provide feedback to a health screening at the time of arrival
  • We will provide signage and instruction to minimize off-ice proximity of our curlers.
  • League size will be determined by compliance with current federal and state limits.

Setup and Breakdown of Equipment 

  • During setup, all membership should respect a distance of 6-feet from each other, to the best of their ability.  
  • We plan to assign tasks each week to minimize member proximity during setup and breakdown. These assignments will limit personnel to specific areas during setup and breakdown. One possible example of setup will be:  
    • one person places stones onto the cart,
    • another person will sanitize the stone and cart handles and pass the cart off so
    • another person will bring the carts to the ice area where
    • another person will place the stones into the transport sled and
    • another person will deliver the stones to their sheet where
    • another person will, again, sanitize all of the handles.
  • Stones will be checked to ensure that their numbers are clearly marked, and will be replaced if needed.
  • Stabilizers will be sanitized with wipes during setup.
  • Sanitizing wipes will be available on the ice, as needed, for stabilizers and any other shared equipment.
  • Sanitization of rocks and any shared equipment (including sliders and stabilizers) will be done before, during, and after play
  • Sanitizing wipes will be available for all club brooms.
  • Sanitizing materials will be setup on the ice.
  • Once breakdown is complete, or you have completed your duties as a part of breakdown, please exit the rink.

Curling Rules – COVID Restrictions 

  • Maintain a 6-feet social distance, to the best of your ability.
  • Sanitizing materials will be available at each end of the ice.
  • Masks covering both the mouth and nose are required during all aspects of play. No mask = No curling.
  • An area near the goal line will be pebbled to allow curlers to adjust or briefly remove their masks, if needed. Time in this area should be limited and 6-feet distance must be maintained.
  • Beverages on the ice must be in a sealable container and positioned near the hockey goal line.
  • Each curling sheet will start their match from opposite ends to maximize distance
  • No handshakes, elbow bumps, or broom-to-broom taps at the beginning or end of a curling match. As an alternative, curlers may tap their brooms on the ice near their opponent’s broom.
  • Hammer / Color to be determined by Rock / Paper / Scissors 
  • Specific locations will be identified for each person during a curler’s delivery
  • Only one person sweeping a stone at any time
  • Skips will not be permitted to sweep stones delivered by either their team or the opposing team.
  • Scoreboards will not be used. One person on each team will maintain the score using a notepad, phone, or memory. Each team will confirm the score after each end.
  • All stones numbered and only throw your assigned stones.
  • (If possible) Please use your own broom each week and do not allow others to use it. 
  • Stabilizers – need to sanitize before / after each use 
  • No BroomstackingRespecting the 6-feet social distancing, parking lot socializing may be observed after curling 

Additional considerations for curling during COVID-19 

  • The curling season may be halted due to a spike in infection rates, updated guidance from the rink, town, state, or CDC.
  • We encourage you all to follow the CDC-outlined prevention measures, including frequent hand washing and staying home if you or your family are sick. 
  • If you develop any symptoms like fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please first contact your doctor and the RIDOH COVID-19 Info Line at 401-222-8022 (or your local DOH). If you have been curling, please We would also request that you reach out to use at this confidential address to alert our board leadership: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • If you or someone you live with tests positive for COVID-19 or are diagnosed with COVID-19, please self-isolate as prescribed by local and CDC guidelines, and alert the club through the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address. Clearance by your healthcare professional and a negative test result will be required before participation in club curling. Additional local restrictions should also be followed.
  • If someone you came in contact with for more than 10 minutes receives a COVID-19 diagnosis, please do not come to curling until you have been symptom free for a period of 14-days after you came in contact with them. 

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Ocean State Curling Club is dedicated to the enjoyment, fellowship, and promotion of curling in Rhode Island. We believe in building a strong community through the sport of curling by providing a welcoming environment for athletes of all ages and skill levels, creating the opportunity to improve skills while having fun.