To our members:
This certainly has been a year with far too many messages of sadness being conveyed. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our membership once again. I can truly say, without a shred of doubt, that we have the most modest, understanding and supportive membership in the world. Our membership is loyal, they expect effort not perfection. They understand that the Highland is a family first and a business second. This year has been one that I’m sure most will want to forget quickly. However, I want to remember this year forever, I want to remember the hundreds of supportive messages, the countless offers of help and the overall heartbeat of this club in times of adversity.
Last week when we received our notice from SHA that we would be deemed an “outbreak site” it was another obstacle that we needed to adapt to. We asked SHA what our next steps should be, to which they responded that they would handle things on their end and that they simply wanted us to be made aware. After validating facts and board consultation, the Highland decided to denounce the SHA’s recommendation of standing pat regarding communication to our membership. Upon further consultation the board then made the decision to pause the season prior to the province increasing restrictions.
Since that time the Highland board has had some time to assess the situation as a whole and determined that from a logistical standpoint we will remain closed until January 4th, allowing extra time for the current Covid19 situation in Saskatchewan to hopefully regress to a more comfortable state.
During this period, we are going to be tightening up on our safety protocols where we can, to add as much peace of mind in the way we operate as possible.
We came into this season knowing things would be far from easy but we are nowhere near ready to give up.
Stay safe and we’ll see everyone January 4th!
AJ Scott – General Manager
Kevin Fetsch – President
To our members:
This notice is to inform you of a recent Covid-19 incident that occurred at the rink. On November 13th – November 15th the Highland hosted the Assante Wealth Management Seniors and Masters event. It was an extremely isolated event, the rink was closed to the public and kept exclusively for the athletes competing in the event. We only ran 2 sheets at any single time, as well as made sure to run only the mens or women’s divisions at one time. The teams all respected our safety protocols we have here at the rink and routine scheduled cleaning was done more than every 60 minutes as well as after every draw.
Late Saturday evening we had a team pull out because they were experiencing flu like symptoms. We proceeded to ask the remaining teams if they felt safe and confident enough to want to continue play, to which all teams said yes. We finished the event and things ran as smoothly as possible.
Early in the week (THERE HAS BEEN A CORRECTION TO THIS TIMELINE, IT WAS IN FACT THURSDAY) we received word from the team that pulled out that they were tested for Covid-19 and were in fact positive. Since that time, we slowly started hearing that several more players from teams that were experiencing symptoms also went and got tested and they too came back with positive results.
Due to the fact that the number of people with positive results is over 2, SHA informed us that they will be deeming us an “outbreak site” on their daily disclosure.
Since being tested none of the teams who had positive results have been in the rink, however we still felt it necessary to inform membership of the details we know at this time.
A Covid-19 compliance officer made a visit to the office and asked for additional details on the event we held, he was not only pleased with how prepared we were but also how thorough and well thought out of safety protocols were laid out as well as enforced.
Unless we hear otherwise the rink will be business as usual moving forward. Just to reiterate we will be continuing our cleaning protocols as well as following our return to play guidelines as strictly as possible. We all love curling and want to continue to do so for as long as we possibly can, but we need to do that in a way that allows all member to feel protected and safe.
AJ Scott – GM