Men’s curling event in Waterloo came to a halt after player received notification on COVID Alert app


The men’s playoff round of a curling tournament was called off Sunday after a player received a notification from the COVID Alert app.

The app notifies a person when they’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Gerry Guerts, organizer of the Stu Sells Oakville Tankard, said all entrants should download the app before the competition to provide “an extra layer of security for players.”

“Although no player tested positive, we received an alert on their COVID Alert app indicating that they had been in contact with a positive case,” Guerts said in a statement. “According to the protocols, this player will self-isolate and the whole team will be given a test to make sure there has been no spread. ”

Details on the exact time of the notification and who received it have not been released.

The competition was one of the first major bonspiels to take place this season. A handful of well-known rinks were in the field of 24 teams.

Brad Jacobs, the 2014 Olympic champion, was scheduled to face Jason Camm in the semifinals on Sunday afternoon at the KW Granite Club.

“We agree that this is the right decision for the safety of everyone involved,” Team Jacobs said in a Twitter message.

Rob Ainsley was scheduled to meet Robert Desjardins in the other semi-final. The men’s consolation final between Greg Inglis and Sam Steep was also called off.

“It’s sad we’re not going to see a good men’s final today, but prevention is better than cure,” event sponsor Stu Sankey said during the event’s online broadcast. . “And that’s why we have protocols in place so that we can take a leap forward. I think this is the right choice.

Curling is slowly returning to the game around the world in a season that remains in motion due to the global pandemic. Several high profile events have been postponed or canceled, with 2021 competitions being provisional at best.

The Stu Sells Oakville Tankard would normally draw a top-flight international platoon.

However, this year’s competition, moved to Waterloo as the regular host club Oakville has yet to reopen, was limited to domestic competitors with most of the players from Ontario.

The women’s playoffs went as planned on Sunday as the women did not play at the same time as the men in the first two days of competition, Sankey said in a text.

There was a draw on Sunday morning where the men and women played at the same time, he added, but they were separated by several sheets.

Jennifer Jones edged Hollie Duncan 8-7 in an extra end in the final. Cathy Auld beat Emma Wallingford 7-3 in the consolation final.

Several return-to-play protocols were in place at the $ 10,000 competition, which hosted a mixed doubles event a week earlier.

All stone handles were disinfected prior to each coin toss and site distance and capacity rules were in effect.

The players arrived in their uniforms to minimize interactions between the locker rooms. The warm-ups took place in the parking lot or in the observation room and the teams went on the ice in stages.

Curlers wore masks but could lower the blanket when throwing or sweeping on opening day Friday. The rule was adjusted on Saturday to make mask use mandatory at all times on the ice, Sankey said.

To help distance, two players followed the boulder across the ice, but only one could sweep it.

The captain who controlled the house was stationed in the area of ​​the rings, but was not supposed to put down the broom. The other skip was waiting near the boards.

Frisbee-sized logos on the ice served as designated waiting areas for players when the opposing team threw stones.

Another 24-team event, the Stu Sells Toronto Tankard, was scheduled to be played at the same club from October 9-12.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 4, 2020.


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