Anyone planning on attending or working at the Home Hardware Olympic Pre-Trials in Liverpool in October will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Curling Canada announced on August 31 that all athletes, coaches, fans, volunteers, media, event staff and contractors, who are above the age of 12, will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in Curling Canada-affiliated events.
The Home Hardware Olympic Pre-Trials will be held in Liverpool October 26-31.
Greg Thorbourne, chair of the Liverpool Championship Society, supported the decision regarding vaccination proof. “I think it’s great. They are taking a stand to keep everyone safe.”
He feels more comfortable with the rule in place.
“If something happened and it became a super-spreader, I would feel terrible,” said Thorbourne. “By having this in place it eliminates a lot of that headache and worry.”
Several more rules will have to be followed, along with the vaccinations. These include separate entrances for officials, players, workers and fans, if they are allowed; currently the status of hosting fans is up in the air because of COVID-19 protocols.
Temperature checks and contract tracing records will also be required.
Everyone entering the facility for the event will be checked for vaccinations and players will have their temperature checked each time they enter the facility.
“It’s going to happen at all events right across Canada,” said Thorbourne. “If you want to go to these events, get vaccinated, feel safe and let everyone around you feel safe.”
Full vaccination will have to have taken place a minimum of 14 days prior to the beginning of the event being attended.
“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,” Katherine Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of Curling Canada, said in a news release. “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,” she said.
Ticket buyers who decline to be vaccinated will be eligible to receive refunds.
Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin