Following new requirements announced on August 27th by the Province of Manitoba, members and visitors using Manitoba’s curling clubs will need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination by September 3rd.
The Province of Manitoba has ordered that proof of vaccination will be needed to attend any and all non-essential services, including indoor ticketed sporting events, restaurants and nightclubs, fitness centres and gyms, indoor sporting activities (with a youth exemption). The intent and spirit of this order, and the activities specifically outlined, clearly encompass the sport of curling, as well as the off-ice social and administrative activities at curling clubs.
Additionally, curling clubs are expected to implement the indoor mask mandate that became effective on August 28th, 2021. While the order does allow for the removal of masks during physical activity, or while seated at a table in a restaurant/pub/bar, CurlManitoba does recommend that curlers keep their masks on indoors as much as possible.
CurlManitoba supports the direction and appreciates the concept of proof of vaccination to enter indoor facilities and participate in sports or recreational activities. The order will advance us positively in our efforts to establish and maintain a normal curling season. It will allow clubs to keep the lights on, ice to be made, staff to be employed, and for the province’s curling community to keep playing the game we all love so much.
CurlManitoba also recommends self-monitoring for any symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, and a new loss of taste or smell), seeking medical attention and avoiding attendance in curling facilities until the health situation is diagnosed and resolved.
We will continue to closely monitor pandemic developments, and will issue new statements and direction as soon as provincial health orders change.