City to Explore Alternate Options for Curling During Pandemic

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One Windsor councillor is hoping to save the curling season.

Gary Kaschak says since the cancellation of curling at Roseland Golf and Curling Club due to COVID-19 his phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from concerned citizens itching to get on the pebbled ice.

Kaschak is calling for a report on the cost to install a curling rink at one of the city's unused ice pads.

He says other sports have resumed and curling should be treated no differently.

"All the ice programming is all done at the city rinks besides the curling. There's three or four empty rinks right now that are not being used and we'd run an abbreviated curling season moving forward for the many curlers in Windsor that want to social distance and play."

Kaschak says curlers are feeling left out.

"The comparable is if you can provide hockey to adults and children in areas and bowling alleys are open with a social distance factor, then we should be able to do the same with curling and Curling Canada has sort of stated the same thing."

He says a survey of curlers found the majority would be willing to play with COVID-19 regulations in place.

"Now there were some that said they wouldn't come back. There were some that said they wouldn't sign a waiver, but I believe 75% to 80% were willing to come out and curl in a pandemic-style social distance way for the upcoming season and were certainly willing to give it a try."

Last week, the city announced the cancellation of the curling season at Roseland Golf and Curling Club which typically runs from mid-October to late March.

The report on possible alternative options is expected to come back to council for discussion in mid-October.

— with files from AM800's Rob Hindi