Curling

When will club curling start again?
There will be limited club curling available from Stage 3 of our Routemap.

Why is it limited?
We plan to reintroduce skating and other ice activities in Stage 4 of our Routemap and it’s not viable to reopen the PEAK six sheet rink until all ice activities can be programmed. We expect that limited club curling will restart in the National Curling Academy only initially and then expanded once the six sheet rink opens.

Why are other activities allowed to start before curling?
In line with the Active Stirling Routemap, we will be reopening facilities and starting programmes and services as soon as it is safe and feasible to do so and in line with the latest guidance.

Why has the ice rink been repurposed to allow other activities rather than starting ice sports?
During Stage 1 and Stage 2 we will be repurposing areas of the PEAK to still allow sport, physical activity and health and wellbeing to take place in a safe and socially distant manner in line with the Active Stirling route map.

We are creatively using space in order to maximise the number of participants who can attend classes and activities in Stage 1 and Stage 2, making sure that necessary safety measures are in place.

Will I have to wear a mask when curling?
Yes, all curlers must wear masks when curling activity resumes and we will continue to monitor the latest advice. We will have a supply of PPE available if required.

Will ice technicians and other staff be wearing PPE?
All our team working at The PEAK will wear appropriate PPE and undergo extensive training on both our new operating procedures and COVID-19 risks and management.

How will you ensure that I can safely access the ice rink/NCA without coming into close proximity with other users?
We will be safely controlling access to all areas of The PEAK and facilitating social distancing using one-way systems, floor markings and increased signage.

Does social distancing need to be adhered to whilst on the ice?
Yes – social distancing should always be adhered to in and outside the facility and taking part in activities in line with the latest government regulations.

Am I allowed to shake hands with my opponents before/after games?
When curling resumes there should be no shaking of hands at the beginning or end of games to make sure social distancing is adhered to.

Will there be any spectating allowed?
Spectating is likely to be restricted during initial phases and social distancing rules will apply.

Will the restaurant be open for food and drink provision before/after sessions?
Food and beverage may be offered from Stage 3, by the PEAK restaurant in line with the latest Government guidance on bars, cafés and restaurants.

Will there be hand sanitiser available in the ice rink/NCA?
Yes – additional hand sanitiser and wipes will be available in both rinks to facilitate the enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures in place.

Will I be able to use changing rooms/lockers at the facility?
The use of changing rooms may be available from Stage 3 but this is still to be confirmed. Players are advised to arrive changed and ready to play as much as possible, and systems will be in place to manage the changing of footwear prior to sessions.

Will there be any restrictions on toilet facility provision and will there be enhanced cleaning provision in toilet facilities?
Appropriate toilet facilities will be provided in proximity to both rinks and enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures will be in place.

Will I be able to use a brush/stick or delivery aid from the facility or will I have to bring/purchase my own? Brushes and delivery aids will still be available for use, however there will be systems in place to manage the distribution and return of equipment. Items must be sanitised after each individual use.

How will you maintain the hygiene of the stones and other equipment?
Additional cleaning equipment will be available within each rink for curlers to sanitise stones and equipment. Stones will be cleaned in between games by staff.

Will every sheet be in use at the same time?
During Stages 1 to 3 we expect only the NCA will be available for curling. All sheets will be in use however social distancing must be adhered both on and off the ice and there will be systems in place to facilitate this.

Will there be a limit to the number of curlers allowed per sheet?
Normal playing numbers will continue however social distancing guidelines must be adhered to both on and off the ice. Only 1 sweeper will be permitted at a time to facilitate social distancing.

Will both ice rinks re-open at the same time?
Durings Stage 1 to 3 only the NCA will be available for curling. In line with the Active Stirling Routemap, we will look to start adapted ice sports on the PEAK rink during Active Stirling Stage 4 .

Will the number of sweepers be reduced to allow social distancing measures to be adhered to?
Only 1 sweeper per stone will be permitted at a time to facilitate social distancing.

I need assistance to get on and off the ice and whilst curling. Can I still curl whilst social distancing is in place?
Household members or carers of wheelchair curlers can attend and provide buddying where required. If no household member or carer is available, alternative methods can be used to stop the chair moving during delivery if they are safe e.g. stones placed behind the chair or a brush can be placed behind the back wheels of a player.

Can I cancel my session or hand back ice at short notice if we don’t have enough players?
Please e-mail any cancellation requests or handing ice back to bookings@activestirling.org.uk and we’ll happy to discuss this with you.