UPDATED MARCH 17, 2020
We understand you may have questions about operations here at the club. Here are the updates as of today:
- The club is closed for curling activities. Our refrigeration mechanic was in yesterday to turn off the plant, and the ice is now slowly melting. Kyle and Herman will be working on cleanup over the coming weeks.
- The clubhouse will be open today until 5pm, Wednesday from 9-5, Thursday from 10-6, and Friday from 9-5. Members may come in during these times to pick up any personal belongings you have in your locker, and you are welcome to purchase anything from our Book Sale upstairs. You are not required to empty your locker but, as this is a dynamic situation, be advised our ability to remain open for this purpose may change at any time.
- We are proceeding as if spring and summer bookings will go ahead as planned. This includes the Rock N' Roll Pub Night (Apr 18), BCC Annual Meeting (Apr 21) and Spring Bazaar & Flea Market (Apr 25). We are prepared to change dates for all of the above, so please stay tuned to your inbox for further updates.
- If you paid for the Snowbird Bonspiel, we will be issuing refund cheques next week. These will be mailed; please do not come to the club to pick up your cheque.
- League closing luncheons and dinners are delayed, and may be rescheduled to a later date.
- Registration for 2020-2021 curling programs (Memberships, Youth Program and Learn to Curl) will open in the coming weeks. Information will be made available by email.
We ask that you please not expect personal interactions with our staff and contractors at this time. We are practicing social distancing in order to keep our members, staff, their families, and our community as healthy as possible.
UPDATED MARCH 14, 2020
After careful consideration, the Board of Directors of the Barrie Curling Club has unanimously resolved to close the curling club for the remainder of the season effective immediately. The decision was not taken lightly, but in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our members, staff and other stakeholders are paramount and our top priority.
Scheduled end-season gatherings are also cancelled. However, we hope they may be rescheduled later this spring or summer.
Additional details will follow regarding: the Annual Meeting, Spring Bazaar & Flea Market, close out details, sign-up for 2020/2021, and spiel refunds.
Members can pick up curling gear and personal items from the club this Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; and further arrangements can be made with the manager. Open hours in future weeks will be determined and promulgated to membership next week.
Chris Hauschild (Haus)
President, Barrie Curling Club
March 13, 2020
We wanted to provide you with an update regarding the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and the steps that we as a club will be taking, effective immediately. As you are probably aware, though Barrie, Ontario and Canada have so far had a relatively low amount of cases, it is widely acknowledged that community transmission is likely over the coming weeks and months. For more information on COVID-19 and to keep up-to-date, please visit Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit page by clicking here.
First, most importantly, if you are ill, or think you might be, please stay home and use a spare from the spare list. It is up to each member to assess whether or not they wish to curl or participate in other Club activities.
Further, there are certain safeguards that we can all take to protect ourselves, our fellow members, and our guests:
- Beginning immediately, we recommend that all curlers reduce and/or refrain from pre- and post-game handshakes. Elbow taps can be employed in place of handshakes.
- Wash your hands properly (for at least 20 seconds) and use hand sanitizer when hand washing is unavailable. Staff will make hand sanitizer available throughout the club while supplies last.
- Use the provided disinfectant wipes at the home end of your sheet to wipe down rock handles and other equipment between uses.
- Use the general practice of coughing/sneezing into a disposable tissue or your elbow/arm rather than your hands. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- Follow Health Canada guidance regarding preparedness, self-monitoring, self-isolation, travel notices, etc.
Staff will also be working to increase our daily cleaning routine in an effort to reduce the risk of transmission. We will aim to have disinfectant wipes distributed around the club to allow members to assist in keeping surfaces clean.
This is a dynamic situation and we are all monitoring its spread on a daily basis. It is important to remain flexible and diligent as we all attempt to best protect our health, our club, and our members.
We will be in touch with any updates or changes in the coming days and weeks.
- Tell your convenor if you are not attending. The convenor will then inform Rob Taylor and Melanie Hughes as to the status of member attendance.
- Disinfectant wipes are not as readily available in stores – if you have extra please bring some in to the club.
- The Try Curling Now Open House on March 22nd is cancelled.
Chris Hauschild, President
Barrie Curling Club