Our great sport welcomes people of all ages, from all walks of life, from all over our metro region. It gives a much needed opportunity for physical, mental and social health at a time when many other activities are unavailable. .   The novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in the state of Oregon, prohibited the congregation of groups of people.  With respect to safety, we require all members and guests to follow some specific extra precautions.  After reviewing available scientific materials regarding the Covid-19 virus and its behavior in settings similar to our ice house, Evergreen Curling Club has intituted a temporary policy change for the 2020-2021 season, which is subject to change as new informtion regarding Covid-19 or health regulations is acquired. 

Please note, it takes 6 weeks to make curling ice  and may not be immediately available upon reaching the outlined parameters. The ice making process has begun for the 2020-2021 season.

At all stages, face masks that cover the nose and mouth are required to be worn by all people aged 5 and up who enter the ECC facility.  It is recommended that those playing a game of curling bring an extra mask in the event that their worn mask becomes damp and needs to be changed. Guests are required to provide their own face masks and water bottles with resealable lid.  The game of curling will be adapted to make social distancing possible.  Guests will be free of all Covid-19 symptoms and not have tested positive for a minimum of 30 days prior to entering the ECC facility.

Curling ice will be made available for rental upon a mutually agreeable time by small, controlled groups, starting with the outlined social and household bubbles when the OHA reports the following statistics in regards to the novel cornavirus:

Stage 1

≤ 30 cases of Covid-19 per 100k in the tri-county area
≤ 5% positive Washington county, in the preceding 7 days for the past 3 weeks
≤ 5% positive statewide, in the preceding 7 days for the past 3 weeks

  • Members-only ice rentals, one group at a time of up to 4
  • Private lessons, one group at a time of up to 4
  • any sheet (playing field) may be used

Stage 2

≤ 20 cases of Covid-19 per 100k in the tri-county area
≤ 5% positive Washington county, in the preceding 7 days for the past 3 weeks
≤ 5% positive statewide, in the preceding 7 days for the past 3 weeks

  • Members-only ice rentals, one group at a time of up to 8 people
  • Private lessons and small groups, one group in the facility at a time of up to 8 people
  • spread over all sheets
  • Saturday Practices for Juniors begins, in pre-set bubbles of 4 curlers
  • NEW junior curlers begin with private lesson lesson.  NO DROP IN.

Stage 3

≤ 10 cases of Covid-19 per 100k in the tri-county area
≤ 5% positive Washington county, in the preceding 7 days for the past 3 weeks
≤ 5% positive statewide, in the preceding 7 days for the past 3 weeks

  • Member mini-leagues of up to 16 players at a time
  • sheets A and C will be used whenever more than 8 are participating at one time (putting 12' separation between the two groups of 8)
  • Private and small group lessons, one group in the facility at a time of up to 8 people.
  • Saturday Practices for Juniors expands to 8 players.  NO DROP IN.

Events that bring together a large number of members from the public may not be offered until the state lifts all Covid-19 related restrictions.  This includes:

  • Larger group events, team building and parties
  • Public Learn-to-Curl lessons
  • Curling 101 lesson series
  • Drop-in novice leagues
  • Member parties

As with most situations, there is not currently much data specific to curling to inform this plan and regulations may be relaxed sooner if we see success (no or very low transmission) in other curling clubs that are opening earlier.  Notification to any booked groups will be given if this is the case.

Ice House Condidtions

  • Humidity level is typically around 50-58%
  • Ventilation is very poor.  Minimal ventilation is a key component of making curling ice.  Consider this fact when calculating risk.

For additional information, members should log-in and click on "ECC's Reopening Plan 2020".