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COVID Preparedness Plan

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Itasca Curling Club

Dated October 2021

Itasca Curling Association is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all our members, guests and visitors. To ensure we have a safe and healthy facility, Itasca Curling Association has developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members are responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our facilities and communities, and that requires full cooperation among our members and guests. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of all persons in our facility.

The COVID-19 Preparedness Plan is administered by the Curling Board of Directors, who maintains the overall authority and responsibility for the plan. However, the board and members are equally responsible for supporting, implementing, and complying with and providing recommendations to further improve all aspects of this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. The Itasca Curling Association board and members have our full support in enforcing the provisions of this plan.

Our members and guests are our most important assets. Itasca Curling Association is serious about safety and health and protecting our community. Member involvement is essential in developing and implementing a successful COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. We have involved our members in this process by establishing a special committee designated to establish the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and invited all members to participate in this creation.

Itasca Curling Association’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows the industry guidance developed by the state of Minnesota, available at the Stay Safe Minnesota website (https://staysafe.mn.gov), which is based upon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines for COVID-19, Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) statues, rules and standards, and Minnesota’s relevant and current executive orders. It addresses:

  • Ensuring sick members and guests stay home and prompt identification and isolation of sick persons;
  • Social distancing - members must be at least six-feet apart whenever possible;
  • Member hygiene and source controls, including face coverings is strongly advised;
  • Club building and ventilation protocol, if applicable;
  • Club cleaning and disinfection protocol;
  • Communications and training practices and protocol.

Itasca Curling Association has reviewed and incorporated the industry guidance applicable to our organization provided by the state of Minnesota for the development of this plan, including the following industry guidance for recreational sports. Other conditions and circumstances included in the industry guidance and addressed in the plan that are specific to our business include:

  • Additional protections and protocols for guests and visitors;
  • Additional protections and protocols for face coverings and personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • Additional protections and protocol for access and assignment;
  • Additional protections and protocol for sanitation and hygiene;
  • Additional protections and protocols for sports gear and handwashing;
  • Additional protections and protocols for managing occupancy;
  • Additional protocols to limit face-to-face interaction;
  • Additional protections for receiving or exchanging payment; and
  • Additional protections and protocols for certain types of businesses within an industry.

Ensure sick members stay home and prompt identification and isolation of sick persons

Members have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess members’ health status prior to entering the facility and for members to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms:

  • Signage on the exterior door advising those experiencing symptoms not to enter.
  • Strongly encouraging use of face mask.
  • Guests sign in a log book to ensure timely contact if necessary.
  • Members affirm they understand the policies and procedures and will abide by them.

Itasca Curling Association has implemented a policy for informing members if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 at the facility and urging them to quarantine if symptoms arise. In addition, a policy has been implemented to protect the privacy of members’ health status and health information.

Social distancing when available will be implemented and maintained between curlers, guests and visitors of the facility.

Curler hygiene and source controls

Basic infection prevention measures are being implemented at our facility at all times. Members are instructed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout the day, but especially upon entering and before leaving the clubhouse, prior to any mealtimes and after using the restroom. Hand-sanitizer (of greater than 60% alcohol) are made available upon entering, as well as on the shelves at each station on the ice. Source controls are being implemented at our facility at all times. Signs reminding members and guests that face coverings are strongly encouraged will be posted throughout the facility.

Members, guests and visitors are instructed to cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and to avoid touching their face, particularly their mouth, nose and eyes, with their hands. All are expected to dispose of tissues in provided trash receptacles and wash or sanitize their hands immediately afterward. Respiratory Etiquette will be demonstrated on posters and supported by making tissues and trash receptacles available to all entering the facility.

Building and ventilation protocol 

Operation of the building in which the facility is located includes necessary sanitation, assessment and maintenance of the building systems and air circulation is being limited.

Facility cleaning and disinfection protocol

Regular practices of cleaning and disinfecting have been implemented, including a schedule for routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, tools and machinery, restrooms, locker rooms, kitchen, lobby and ice room. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting is being conducted of high-touch areas, including phones, remote controls, radio dials, door handles, railings, etc.

Appropriate and effective cleaning and disinfecting supplies have been purchased and are available for use in accordance with product labels, safety data sheets and manufacturer specifications, and are being used with required personal protective equipment for the product.

Communications and training practices and protocol

This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan was communicated to all members on October 15, 2021 during the Fall Annual Meeting and posted online at www.itascacurling.com and necessary training was provided. Additional communication and training will be ongoing by the league commissioners during the first three weeks of league play. Training will be provided to any member who did not receive the initial training prior to initial assignment or reassignment.

Instructions will be communicated to all members, visitors and guests, vendors and outside technicians about protections and protocols, including: 1) social distancing protocols and practices; 2) drop-off, pick-up, and deliveries; 3) practices for hygiene and respiratory etiquette; 4) encouragement of the use of face-coverings and/or face-shields by all. All members, visitors and guests will also be advised not to enter the facility if they are experiencing symptoms or have contracted COVID-19.

 Board members and league commissioners are expected to monitor how effective the program has been implemented.

All members are to take an active role and collaborate in carrying out the various aspects of this plan, and update the protections, protocols, curling-practices and training as necessary. This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan has been certified by Itasca Curling Association Board of Directors and the plan was posted throughout the facility and made readily available to all members on October 15, 2021. It will be updated as necessary by the curling board.

Certified by:  ICA Board

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