COVID-19 Updates

As you are well aware, spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes the disease COVID-19 has significantly impacted our community. SVCC leadership is closely monitoring guidance from local authorities. All on-ice activities are on hold until the public health situation improves.

As information becomes available, updates will be posted here and on Slack. Members will receive weekly update emails.

Please adhere to your local county guidance and stay safe! Wear a mask, practice social distancing, and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. We hope to see each of you back on the ice soon.

If you have any questions, concerns, or requests, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email or on Slack in #covid-19 channel.

Current Status of SVCC Activities

  • SVCC AGM and Board of Directors Elections will be held virtually via Zoom this year. Members and recent members are invited to join us Monday January 18th, 2021
  • Sick Day Policy has been modified and extended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 membership cycle
  • Return to Ice Planning: In progress (check Slack* for more detailed information)
  • All Leagues: Postponed until further notice
  • Practice: SVCC is currently making initial arrangements to offer practice ice. More details will be shared when available.
  • Learn-to-Curl Sessions: No new events to be scheduled until further notice
  • Social: Weekly Virtual Watch Parties and Virtual Broomstacking Events are available to all club members

*Club Membership required to access SVCC Slack

Current SVCC Update

Emailed Updates

Additional Resources

USA Curling COVID-19 Updates — including “Return to Curling” document
MoPac COVID-19 Information
Alameda County Public Health Department
Santa Clara County Public Health
Sharks Ice Facility Announcements
California Resilience Roadmap (Recovery stage explanations)
California Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)

Previous Updates

  • January 26th, 2021
    • Santa Clara, Alameda, and many other California counties are now in the Purple/Widespread Tier according to the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
  • December 18th, 2020
    • On December 7th, Santa Clara County and Alameda counties, along with Contra Costa, Marin, and San Francisco counties, have voluntarily adopted California’s Regional Stay At Home Order ahead of falling below the 15% ICU availability
    • As of December 19th, all remaining Bay Area counties are required to adopt the new regional orders as ICU availability has fallen below 15%
  • December 2nd, 2020
    • As of November 16th, Santa Clara County and Alameda counties have fallen back to the “purple” widespread transmission category under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy
    • Please refer to the California Blueprint above and your local county for information about current restrictions and allowances.
  • October 8th, 2020
    • As of October 8th, Santa Clara County and Alameda counties have met “orange” criteria and remain in the “red” category under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy
    • On September 28th, the SVCC Board of Directors passed a motion to modify the Sick Day Policy for the 2019-2020 membership cycle
  • September 10, 2020
    • On Friday, August 28th, Governor Newsom announced a new program for determining business reopening at the county level: the Blueprint for a Safer Economy
    • As of September 10th, Santa Clara County has met “red” criteria for since September 8th, and Alameda County still falls under “purple” criteria
  • August 13th, 2020
    • As of July 12th, Santa Clara and Alameda Counties have been placed on the the California Department of Public Health’s County Data Monitoring list (sorry for the delayed update here)
    • Issues with the State’s CalREDIE data reporting system have resulted in delayed reporting of county-level testing and cases since mid-July. The issue has reportedly been resolved and data sets are expected to be completed with impacted reports in the coming days
    • All Bay Area counties have currently been on the state watchlist for 3+ consecutive days
    • Bay Area School districts are plans for the start of the 2020-2021 school year are either Distance Learning or Pending
    • SVCC held a Zoomstacking with USA Curling, Tuesday June 23rd at 4pm
    • Member Forum regarding SVCC position during COVID-19 pandemic, was held Tuesday June 23rd at 7:30pm. Slides from the forum are now available
    • Member Survey regarding SVCC response to COVID-19 closed (results)
  • June 9th, 2020
    • As of June 5th, 2020 indoor retail, outdoor dining, and limited outdoor sports are permitted in Santa Clara County
    • Indoor recreation facilities, including ice rinks, remain closed for all Bay Area Counties
  • April 29th, 2020
    • Multiple Bay Area counties and cities extend previous SIP order through May 31st, 2020
    • Orders vary by county, please consult your specific county health department for guidance
    • Updates to SIP order in some counties allow for some businesses to resume limited activities, such as construction and outdoor vendors
  • April 19th, 2020
    • Multiple Bay Area Counties require use of masks for individuals outside of their homes
    • Requirements vary by county, please consult your specific county health department for guidance
    • When required/recommended, masks should cover the mouth and nose. Masks should not be medical or N95 respirator quality to conserve resources for medical professionals
  • April 13th, 2020
    • SVCC Board votes to cancel 2020 Silicon Valley Bonspiel to be held Memorial Day weekend (May 22-24, 2020)
  • March 31st, 2020
    • Bay Area counties (including Santa Clara County) have extended the 3/16 shelter-in-place order through May 3rd, 2020 at 11:59pm.
  • March 29th, 2020
    • President Trump extends national social distancing guidelines through April 30th. Bay Area shelter-in-place order remains in effect through April 7th.
  • March 25th, 2020
  • March 19th, 2020
  • March 17th, 2020
    • Sharks Ice announces closures through April 7th, in accordance with shelter-in-place orders.
  • March 16th, 2020
    • The following 6 Bay Area counties have issued a shelter-in-place order beginning March 17th at 12:01am and ending April 7th at 11:59pm
      • Alameda
      • Contra Costa
      • Marin
      • San Francisco
      • San Mateo
      • Santa Clara
    • The full text of the Santa Clara directive can be found here
  • March 14th, 2020
    • Refunds processed for cancelled games.
  • March 13th, 2020
    • In accordance with updated guidance from Santa Clara and Alameda Counties, SVCC cancels remaining 2020 Winter San Jose League games for Tuesdays March 17th and March 24th.
    • Sharks Ice announces previous closure of all facilities will extend through March 22nd.
  • March 12th, 2020
    • Sharks Ice announces closure of all three facilities (Solar4America Ice San Jose, Solar4America Ice Fremont, Oakland Ice Center) from Friday March 13th through Monday March 16th.
    • Closure of S4A Fremont results in cancellation of remaining 2020 Winter Fremont League game on Sunday March 15th.