Curling Canada said game will go on, but with many new rules

Lots of new curling rules

Curling will be allowed to return to local rinks, but in a modified form.

Curling Canada has announced a long list of post-COVID rules for rocking the house.

Guidelines from the national agency were designed to guide the Canadian curling community through the upcoming season as it relates to COVID-19.

Curling Canada consulted numerous agencies and curling clubs to design the guidelines.

They include some expected measures such as players are not allowed to shake hands before or after a match and various cleaning measures must be taken, but there are also a few rule specific to the sport.

  • Stones should be sanitized at the start of each draw.
  • Players select their two stones. No interchanging of stones during a game.
  • Players should not touch any stones other than their own.
  • Let the player delivering the next stone retrieve their own stone.
  • Insist that the stones are lined up in single file in the corners.

How the game itself is played will also be modified to meet the post COVID world.

  • There will be one sweeper only on all delivered stones and no relaying second sweeper taking over halfway down the sheet.
  • The person in charge of the house is not allowed to sweep under any circumstance. The skip of the non-delivering must remain in the hack area until all stones come to rest and they are not allowed to sweep the opposition stone behind the tee-line.
  • The skip or vice skip (not both) of non-delivering team must stand at the hack until the other team is finished playing and has relinquished control of the house.
  • The skip or vice skip (both teams) may not sweep any stones (both colours) set in motion by the delivering team.

The guidelines also cover gameplay, building cleanliness, food and beverage, customer awareness and other aspects of reopening.

For a full list of rules, click here.

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