COVID-19 Response

 

The Board’s view on safe operation of the club is simple: We will only conduct operations that are deemed safe according to current Ontario public health guidance and the consensus of prevailing health science knowledge. 

No set of protocols can eliminate all risk, but we put the health of members at the forefront of our thinking and are committed to keeping you informed so that you can make informed choices about return to play.

COVID-19 Webinar

 

Link to Questions and Answers
 

Ontario Curling Association Return to Play FAQ

This document outlined the frequently asked questions and will be updated regularly by the OCA.

See Document

Policies & Actions

The mandate of the committee is to assist the board in following evolving public health mandates and guidance, and developing working protocols for the safe operation of the club based on the application of this guidance. 

The committee comprises members of club management, the board of directors, and club members who have relevant life science, medical, and government policy experience. 

Two working groups within the committee were formed to discharge the duties of the committee:
  • Scientific & Medical Working Group - tasked with:
    • Monitoring the current consensus of peer-reviewed scientific and medical knowledge of COVID-19 and its transmission;
    • Following evolving provincial public health mandates and guidance, and making recommendations for application of those policies within the club; and
    • Developing a transmission control plan for safe operation of the club by applying established best practices, public health policy guidance, and the current consensus of medical and scientific knowledge.
  • Protocols Working Group - tasked with:
    • Developing protocols for safe operation of the club with guidance from the Scientific & Medical Working Group;
    • Training staff in the application of these protocols; and
    • Overseeing the implementation of these protocols.
The club is committed to making all reasonable necessary modifications to the facility in order to minimize transmission risk. To date, the following updates have been made:
  • Cleaning regimen throughout the club, especially high-touch areas, has been increased.
  • Plexiglass barriers for the bar and kitchen area have been installed.
  • Disinfectant supplies have been procured in adequate quantities to ensure this regimen is maintained.

Staff Preparedness:
Staff and committee members have received the following training:
  • Updated training on club safety protocols
  • Ontario Recreational Facilities Association training on appropriate cleaning strategies for safe operation of recreational facilities
  • Updated First Aid and CPR training with consideration of pandemic-specific procedures
We are currently developing protocols with respect to club infrastructure, and will be expanded and modified to comply with safety protocols as required. Please revisit this section for future updates.
 
Updated July 20th, 2020

There are two documents that must be completed by all individuals coming to the club:
  • Waiver: This waiver must be completed only once, prior to your next visit to the club.
  • Declaration of Compliance: This must be completed before each and every visit to the club.
The staff member on duty has authority to deny entry to club property to any member who has not electronically submitted a declaration and waiver in advance of their arrival at the club.

Tennis


Members may book and use the tennis court(s) if they have signed the waiver and the declaration of compliance prior to their scheduled booking, and they are in compliance with the conditions of both of these documents. 
 

Tennis Membership & Fees:

Tennis members who would like to take a sabbatical for the 2020 season can retain their section status into 2021. Members wishing to retain their section status must pay the House Fee of $150 + HST.

Tennis members who are on sabbatical will not have guest privileges to play at the club, though they may visit the club socially when the club's re-opening protocols allow for such activities.

If tennis members later wish to reinstate their membership at some point during the 2020 season, they will be assessed the full membership fee for the season.

For tennis members playing this season, section fees are not being adjusted or pro-rated at this time. In the event that the club must close again for an extended period due to the pandemic, the board will assess possible prorated refunds at that time.

Court Booking Protocols:

  • Members must book online from a personal device up to 7 days in advance.
  • Members will be allotted 90 minutes for each booking.
  • 15 minutes to arrive and prep, 1 hour to play and 15 minutes to clear the courts and cool down.
  • Members may spend up to 60 minutes on the second floor outside verandah at the club with their playing partner as long as physical distancing rules and gathering size limits are adhered to.
    • Furniture will be marked appropriately - please do not move the furniture.
  • Courts will be available for doubles play beginning Tuesday, July 21
  • No guests (either playing or non-playing) will be permitted.
  • Drop-ins will not be accepted.
 

Tennis Facilities Protocols:

  • Please arrive at the club dressed and ready to play.
  • Ensure you have all the equipment you need.
    • Balls can be requested from the staff member on duty and will be charged to the member’s account (i.e. no cash, credit or debit).
    • Used balls will not be available and balls left on the court will be thrown away at the end of the day.
  • Members will have access to the courts and the main floor washrooms only.
    • When entering the clubhouse, members must wear a mask or face covering.
    • We ask that you follow the markings in and out of the clubhouse to access the washrooms.
  • Access is not available to locker rooms, showers, or towels at this time.
    • Members are encouraged to bring their own towel and filled water bottle.
  • Access to the pro shop and office is not available at this time.
  • Indoor and outdoor furniture has been removed or marked off to minimize contact points.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available at various locations throughout the interior and exterior of the club.
  • Remember that consumption of personal alcohol or any alcohol not purchased from the club while on club property is strictly prohibited.
  • Emergency equipment will be available (i.e. first aid kit, AED).
  • Members are asked to allow the staff member on duty to administer first aid, if required.
 

Arrival and Departure Protocols:

  • Members must maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times.
  • Members are encouraged to wear a mask anytime they are not playing, but note that cloth masks do not reduce the need for physical distancing and other containment protocols. 
  • Members are asked not to arrive more than 5 minutes before their scheduled booking.
  • A staff member will be present to check in all members and ensure they have completed their Declaration of Compliance and Participant Waiver.
  • Members who are waiting to play may do so in designated areas as long as they maintain physical distancing.
  • Members are encouraged to avoid using the washrooms, which will be sanitized every hour.
  • Members are required to clear the courts by the end of their allotted time.
  • Members may spend up to 60 minutes immediately after their booking on the verandah. Capacity is limited to 8 people at this time. ‚Äč
    • Furniture has been marked appropriately - please do not move the furniture.
 

Gardening

Members may volunteer if they have signed the waiver and the declaration of compliance prior to their visit to the club, and they are in compliance with the conditions of both of these documents. 

Gardening Protocols:

  • Please wash your hands BEFORE arriving at the club and AFTER you get home.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to wear masks and gloves at all times.
  • Please notify the staff member on duty when you have arrived and when you are leaving.
  • A maximum of 2 volunteers may work on the garden at any one time and must maintain appropriate physical distance (2 metres) while on the premises.
    • If you are working on the garden for a longer duration (i.e. in excess of 1 hour), further distancing (e.g. 5 metres) is recommended.
  • The club will provide sanitizer and disinfectant to sanitize your hands before and after using commonly used equipment (e.g. the lock box).
  • Avoid sharing equipment and tools as much as possible; consider dividing up responsibilities.
  • If equipment must be shared, please wash and sanitize your hands and disinfect the shared piece of equipment.
  • Emergency equipment will be available (i.e. first aid kit, AED).
    • Members are asked to allow the staff member on duty to administer first aid, if required.
Updated July 20, 2020

The bar will reopen on Tuesday, July 21. 
  • Bar orders may be placed by using the remote doorbell on the verandah. The bartender will serve to a designated table on the verandah.
  • Only bar product in cans, bottles, and poured wine in plastic glasses will be available.
Updated July 20, 2020

The safe-operation plan for curling will be based on the application of Ontario public health guidance and mandates, combined with established anti-transmission protocols.

CurlON and Curling Canada have released the Curling Return to Play Action Plan and recorded a virtual club town hall meeting.

If you would like to come to the club to clean out your locker you may schedule a time HERE.

The staff member on duty has authority to deny entry to club property to any member who has not electronically submitted a declaration of compliance and waiver in advance of their arrival at the club.

The board has struck an ad hoc committee to inform and modify our policy on returning section and team status for the 2021/22 curling season, for those members who, for health reasons, do not wish to participate in the 2020/21 curling season. This group is working diligently to have a policy in place this summer.

We are currently developing protocols with respect to curling. Please revisit this section for future updates.