Curling is a go but with a few new rules

Curling season has fired up again at the Carlyle Curling Club but a few new rules and restrictions have come into play due to the current COVID situation.

The lounge will still be open to guests but no more than six people may sit at a table at a time. The bar will not be self-serve this year; a bartender will scoop the ice and pour the pop for drinks. Masks must be worn when ordering drinks but are not required once you have been seated at your table.

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Curlers are asked to arrive no more than 10 minutes before game time to avoid too many people in the lobby. A sign in sheet is now in place for contact tracing.

All throwing rocks will be sanitized after each game. One person from each team will be responsible for this. Players are to only touch their own rocks. Either brooms or feet are to be used to move rocks. Also they are only allowing one sweeper per rock; skips cannot sweep in the house, either.

All that being said though, leagues are going on as usual, according to Jess Franklin, on Monday and Thursday nights. There is also daytime curling available from 1-3 p.m. for drop-in curlers. “Something new we are trying this year is doubles curling on Friday evenings, every Friday until Christmas and we will see how that works out,” Franklin explains.

There are no bonspiels or competitions involving people outside of the Carlyle Curling Club and so far no school kids are allowed to come curl either.

For more information on the Carlyle Curling Club, feel free to check them out on Facebook for updates.

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