All athletes, fans, volunteers, media and event staff and contractors above the age of 12 will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in, and attend, Curling Canada-affiliated events.
“Above all else, we believe this is necessary to provide the safest possible environment for everyone who participates in our events, and that point can’t be emphasized more strongly,” said Katherine Henderson, chief executive officer of Curling Canada. “There’s absolutely no question that vaccinations work and significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection. We want our athletes, our fans, our volunteers and our employees to feel as safe as possible at our events, and we believe this is a necessary step toward that goal.”
The policy announced on Monday by Curling Canada will be implemented as soon as possible and will be extended to all events put on by Curling Canada, including in-person meetings and championships, regardless of location.
Those attending Curling Canada events must provide a proof of first vaccination by no later than Sept. 8 and proof of full vaccination by no later than Oct. 12.
Ticket-buyers who are declining to be vaccinated will have the opportunity to get refunds. Further details on how this policy will be implemented will be available at a later date.