COVID Return to Play


2020 - 2021 Season

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Guidelines for Curling Returning to Play at Highwood Curling

Highwood Curling has been monitoring the guidelines being established by Alberta Health Services (AHS), the Government of Alberta, Curling Alberta, and the Town of High River. Highwood Curling is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our members and staff to return to in this 2020-2021 curling season. In order to continue to promote a safe environment, policies and procedures may continue to change throughout the curling season as new information and directives presents itself to us.
Please note that the following guidelines are suggested practices to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19. These guidelines assume that clubs will ensure rock handles, scoreboard numbers (if used), and measuring devises are sanitized on a regular basis.

Entering the ice rink

  • Members will be encouraged to access the club no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the start of the game. Draw times might be staggered to allow for better flow when accessing the facility. Ex 6:45 sheets 1 and 3 and 7:00 sheets 2 and 4
  • In effort to reduce congregation of curlers on the walkway, players are encouraged once they have reached their sheet to:
    • Immediately leave their bag or equipment, if applicable, in the appropriate location
    • Move onto the ice surface and proceed as far along the sheet as is necessary to allow others to access the ice while maintaining at least 2 meters distance from each other.
  • Instead of shaking hands, please wave, nod, or raise your brooms together.
  • Hammer will be pre determined by league reps and posted on the schedules.
  • To avoid gatherings in a congested area such as the lobby, schedules will be posted on the website or emailed to curlers so that you can review them prior to your games.


During Play



At the completion of the game

  • Push the rocks to the corners of the end at which you started the games.
  • Players are to gather their belongings while distancing themselves from other players.
  • If it is necessary to cross behind other sheets that are still active, please continue to respect the physical distancing guidelines which may make it necessary to request a player on that sheet move to allow for the players leave.
  • Players should be aware that games may finish prior to theirs and they may have to move to accommodate them leaving.

NOTE: Our club will take the appropriate steps to allow players to exit their rink and facility in a manner that, as best as possible, allows for physical distancing given the physical layout of our club. Our club may include the wearing of masks in this process.


  • Anyone handling a measuring device should use hand sanitizer before and after handling.
  • If it is necessary to cross behind sheets to obtain a measuring device, or to go to the bathroom, the player moving behind the sheet (remove obtaining the device) should ask players on other sheets to allow for space for them. Conversely, players being asked to make room for participants on other sheets should accommodate.
  • When there is a side walkway, or empty sheet available, players are encouraged to use that space for distancing and keeping the pace of play reasonable.


Ice House Lounge Area

  • The Highwood Curling will follow all guidelines for the food and beverage (F&B) industry.
  • Changes to the layout of the tables is being investigated to allow for the best ability to maintain the proper physical distancing.
  • The lounge will be table service only to avoid high congested areas. Please find a seat in the lounge and staff member will help you.
  • All bar staff will be required to wear masks.
  • The lounge area will be for curling participants only. No spectators will be allowed at this time.

Locker Rooms

  • Locker rooms will be closed until further notice. As more information comes available, Highwood Curling is hoping that locker rooms may be reopened with restrictions.
  • Please come to the rink ready for play, change shoes, and then head onto the ice area.

Highwood Curling Board of Directors and staff will continue to work at keeping up to date with the COVID guidelines set out by AHS, the Government of Alberta, Curling Alberta, and the Town of High River as they pertain to the sport of curling and our facility. We will do our best to enforce the guidelines set out by our governing authorities and will continue to update the members to any changes. We appreciate all the members that help with physical distancing which will allow us to stay open and keep everyone as safe as possible.
Other FAQ’s:
Q:Will League fee refunds be issued if AHS restrictions force Highwood Curling to close this season?
A:In the event of a forced shutdown, Highwood Curling will proceed with a prorated refund of league fees only based on the remaining time left in the curling season.

Q:Is Highwood Curling permitted to use all 4 sheets of ice during Phase 2 of AHS Guidelines?
A:Yes. With the use of staggered start times and providing we play under modified rules to maintain physical distancing all sheets are available to be played on. We will be following the Curling Alberta Return to Play guidelines.

Q:Will all leagues be in operation during the 20-21 Season?
A:Yes, all leagues will be in operation this season. Some start times will be adjusted to allow for more time between draws and safe physical distancing in the lobby, so please check your start time! In order to help avoid congestion, plan to arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your game time.

Q:Does playing at Highwood Curling mean that I am part of a “cohort league”?
A:No. All leagues at Highwood Curling will be playing under modified rules to allow for physical distancing. That means that you can play in as many leagues or other external events as you want!

Q:What rule changes will there be for curling because of COVID-19?
A:A full list of the Curling Alberta Return to Play policy can be found at , however some key points are as follows:

  • Only one sweeper per shot
  • No relaying: no sweeper taking over for another sweeper at any time
  • No sweeping an opponent’s stone after it passes the T-Line

Will there be any other changes on-ice for 20-21 season?

  • No coin-flips: Hammer will be pre determined.
  • No handshakes: use alternate non-contact greetings.
  • No touching other curler’s stones with your hand: use your broom on the side of the rock instead.


  • Refrain from touching the bottom of your rock with your bare hand: use a broom instead to clean your rock.
  • No groups congregating on the backboards.
  • Standing locations: all curlers should be mindful of where they are standing on the sideline

 What if members of my team are in the same household, can we use two sweepers in our game?

No. To be fair and consistent with the rules, it will be universal for all league games played at the club.



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