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Goldline VP Andrew Brett: Curling will be back!

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We are going into the second year of the pandemic. Unlike our hopes, the curling season 2020/21 has ended for most European curlers very early. Our last blog post dates from Octobre 2020 and tells about the frustration of Swiss Curling because of a new lockdown. We at curling.zone asked one of the leading men in the curling industry, Goldline’s Vice President Andrew Brett, to give us his views about the situation and the future.

The interview can be viewed on our brand new Youtube channel in full.

It has been such a roller coaster,

tells us Andrew Brett, when asked how Goldline has been doing in the last year dominated by Corona. He, personally, had just the chance to play curling a mere three times this season and he now is

“eager to go back on the ice.”

We talk about the actual situation, about the clubs and their problems. About government support and most importantly, about the future of curling.

If you want to hear, what Goldline thinks about it, join us on Youtube.

To make it a bit more exiting, we will start our Youtube channel with a “Premiere” on Sunday, 21st of March at 11.00h.
Join us and check out, why Andrew Brett is


“full of optimism”

So let Youtube remind you and chat with us about the interview – tomorrow at 11h Berlin Time.

Switzerland: SWISSCURLING surprised by partial lockdown

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Tom Seger, CEO SWISSCURLING
Tom Seger, CEO SWISSCURLING

Corona hits Europe again after a relatively calm summer. Curling restarted everywhere. Now a few countries like Slovenia and the Czech Republik are under full lockdown. But one of Europe’s largest curling nations, Switzerland, surprised on Friday, Octobre, 23rd.

Canton Bern, comparable to a state, decided

To minimize the spread of corona infections, the regional government of Bern has ruled a full range of measures.

Kanton Bern, Mediarelease – Translation by curling.zone

Part of the measures is a lockdown on all sport and fitness centers. The lockdown went into action only a few hours after the media release on midnight of the same day.

In Biel a curling tournament was interrupted and cancelled as a consequence.

Tom Seger from SWISSCURLING: “We are puzzled”

Tom Seger, CEO SWISSCURLING

curling.zone talked today in an exclusive interview with
Tom Seger, CEO of SWISSCURLING.


In a first reaction he told us, how surprised he was, when he learned on late friday afternoon of the decision in Bern. While he states full support for all measures leading to a safe environment for sport, he seems not to be convinced of the necessety to act on such short notice. He points out, that SWISSCURLING has been working with all important parties on safety concepts. He is convinced that the resulting set of rules would allow safe sport.
Seger would go no further in commenting the situation because of the ongoing, fast moving situation. Coming Wednesday, Bundesrätin Viola Amhert, (member of the Swiss government/minister) will meet the sport associations at a round table talk.
Tom Seger asked us to relay his gratefulness to all who had been working to get this curling season going. He shares their frustration and expresses his hope for help from politics.

What is the Situation?

First, the lockdown is right now only in place in parts of Switzerland. These are regional, not national measures. In Europe most lockdowns during the second wave habe been local and restricted in length.

Second, the training can go on for all curlers who will go to the Olympic Games or belong to the Swiss national cadre.

The situation for “Euro Super Sterile” in Genf on Novembre, 3rd is completely open. The plan was to hold a series of four tournaments with the top European teams without spectators. Now the whole work of months is in peril.

curling.zone will keep you updated.

Corona: Curling Canada Guidelines for Season 2020/21

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Corona forces new rules on the curling sport
Corona forces new rules on the curling sport

As we reported, Curling was hit worldwide by the Corona Pandemic. The various countermeasures had a huge impact on curling. The situation has improved. We look at the new curling season 2020/21 and see how Corona impacts.

The Canadian Curling Association is seen by many as a sort of leader. As such we think it makes sense to watch how the world’s largest curling federation will be dealing with the situation.

I’M PLEASED TO TELL YOU THERE IS A PATH FORWARD AS WE PLAN FOR THE NEXT CURLING SEASON … IN BRINGING CURLING BACK TO CANADIANS

Katherin Henderson
Chief Executive Officer, Curling Canada

How will the next Curling Season be safe for everyone?

The Guidelines were published on July 6, 2020 and are devided into several areas of action. They build on everyone within the curling community from officials to the players and also integrate the authorities.

The Basics Principles of living with the Pandemic

The guidelines build on the general rules with which we are all familiar by now.

  • hand washing
  • social distancing
  • stay home when you belong the a special risk group
  • stay at home when you have symptoms

Curling Canada urges players and curling centres alike to follow the rules and do everything to make it possible to follow the rules. This includes for the curling centres to update their cleaning protocol. Cleaning surfaces and providing sanitizing dispensers for example. Curling equipment should be cleaned after each use. But also organizing the traffic flow. One door for entry, one for exit, less chairs for the tables and so on.

Playing the Game

Many players around the world discussed, if and how rules might need to change.
Here is what Curling Canada advises.
In brakes always open doors for fresh air. The traditional handshake give way to a friendly wave. No coin tossing. The players should stay always on one side of the sheet to maximise distance to the next rink. The basic principles are to keep a maximum of distancing. This includes not to use the full capacity. But also to make events longer in order to have two starting times and less people in the ice.



Distancing illustrations for curling while corona pandemic

Corona changes curling rules
The most radical change is that only one sweeper is allowed.
No relaying to a second sweeper and the skip is also banned from sweeping.

We should all be aware, how difficult the situation is for curling sport. If there are setbacks, the economic situation of clubs and the curling industry as a whole will be under even more stress. The officials face a difficult task. Defining rules for a safe game while maintaining the fun of the curling sport is a very big enterprise. And there is no example in the past to learn from.

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