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. To keep things safe for all we just need 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, so reopening must be gauged in advance, and may not be immediate upon reaching the outlined parameters. 

Ice will be available for small, controlled groups, starting with social and household bubbles:

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
  • 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".