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 being held within current local guidance.

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! Get vaccinated if you are able, wear a mask, practice social distancing, and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. Vaccine eligibility in California has opened to individuals age 6 months and older. Boosters are available for ages 5 and up. Find vaccination information and an appointment near you: www.sccfreevax.orgCalifornia’s My Turn site, or your local pharmacy such as CVS or Walgreens. Information on booster eligibility, can be found via the CDC or CA Dept. of Public Health.

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

  • Leagues
    • Players must comply with facility masking, vaccination, and other policies. Currently, there are no requirements for proof-of-vaccination for entry into the facilities. Wearing masks inside the facilities at San Jose and Fremont is recommended, but not required.
    • San Jose Leagues: The summer 2022 league season is being played on Tuesday nights, with normal game rules.
    • Fremont Leagues: The spring 2022 league season is being played on Sunday afternoons, with normal game rules.
  • The Sick Day Policy has been extended indefinitely, allowing players exhibiting symptoms to receive refunds for missed games to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or other illnesses.
  • The SVCC COVID-19 response plan has been updated for Winter 2022.
  • SVCC Board of Directors meetings and committee meetings are being held by video teleconference.
  • Return to Ice Planning and Documentation: (check Slack* for more detailed information)

*Club Membership required to access SVCC Slack

Latest SVCC Update

  • June 27, 2022
    • As of June 25th, Alameda County has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore masks are no longer required while at Solar4America Ice Fremont.
    • As of March 2nd: Sharks Ice no longer requires proof of vaccination for entry to Solar4America Ice facilities.
    • As has been our approach since returning to curling, the club will align our COVID-19 policies with those of our host facilities. 
      • The SVCC Board of Directors encourages curlers to wear masks on the ice and to remain cognizant of others’ comfort on and off the ice.
    • In the event of a positive case, a presumptive positive case, or close contact with a positive case, please refer to the SVCC Response Plan.
    • If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or are unsure of your COVID-19 status: stay home. The club’s Sick Day Policy allows for a refund to be issued if you are experiencing symptoms and need to stay home.
    • As always, these policies are subject to change as the situation continues to evolve.
    • All leagues are being played with standard curling rules (4-player teams, no restrictions on sweeping).

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

  • June 4, 2022
    • As of June 3rd, Alameda County has reinstated an indoor mask requirement for all, regardless of vaccination status. This order affects activities at Solar4America Ice at Fremont. All participants of curling activities should be prepared to wear a mask while in the facility at the Fremont location.
      • There are no changes to the policies in Santa Clara County and the City of San Jose. Therefore, masks are not required while at Solar4America Ice San Jose.
    • As of March 2nd: Sharks Ice no longer requires proof of vaccination for entry to Solar4America Ice facilities.
      • Sharks Ice recommends – but will not require – that all guests wear masks.
    • As has been our approach since returning to curling, the club will align our COVID-19 policies with those of our host facilities. 
      • The SVCC Board of Directors encourages curlers to wear masks on the ice and to remain cognizant of others’ comfort on and off the ice.
    • In the event of a positive case, a presumptive positive case, or close contact with a positive case, please refer to the SVCC Response Plan.
    • If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or are unsure of your COVID-19 status: stay home. The club’s Sick Day Policy allows for a refund to be issued if you are experiencing symptoms and need to stay home.
    • As always, these policies are subject to change as the situation continues to evolve.
    • All leagues are being played with standard curling rules (4-player teams, no restrictions on sweeping).
  • March 5, 2022
    • Recently the State of California, Santa Clara County, and the City of San Jose have lifted many of their COVID-19 requirements. As a result Sharks Ice has updated their COVID-19 policies.
      • As of March 2nd: Sharks Ice no longer requires proof of vaccination for entry to Solar4America Ice facilities (See full statement here).
      • Sharks Ice recommends – but will not require – that all guests wear masks.
    • As has been our approach since returning to curling, the club will align our COVID-19 policies with those of our host facilities. 
      • The SVCC Board of Directors encourages curlers to wear masks on the ice and to remain cognizant of others’ comfort on and off the ice.
    • In the event of a positive case, a presumptive positive case, or close contact with a positive case, please refer to the SVCC Response Plan.
    • If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or are unsure of your COVID-19 status: stay home. The club’s Sick Day Policy allows for a refund to be issued if you are experiencing symptoms and need to stay home.
    • As always, these policies are subject to change as the situation continues to evolve.
    • All leagues are being played with standard curling rules (4-player teams, no restrictions on sweeping).
  • January 21, 2022
    • Beginning February 4, 2022, Sharks Ice has updated requirements for all patrons ages 5 and up for entry into their facilities in San Jose, Fremont, and Oakland. Proof of vaccination including boosters, for those eligible, must be presented through the CLEAR app (recommended) or by vaccination record and photo ID. Negative test results can also allow entry into the facility. Please allow extra time for entering the facilities. More details, instructions for the CLEAR app, and FAQ are available on the Solar4America Ice website.
    • League players must wear a mask inside the facilities (both on- and off-ice), except while eating/drinking in the bar area.
    • All leagues are being played with standard curling rules (4-player teams, no restrictions on sweeping).
  • September 22nd, 2021
    • As of September 20, 2021, Sharks Ice requires presentation of proof-of-vaccination to enter their facilities in San Jose, Fremont, and Oakland. Proof of vaccination must be presented through the CLEAR app (recommended) or by vaccination record and photo ID. Please allow extra time for entering the facilities. More details, instructions for the CLEAR app, and FAQ are available on the Solar4America Ice website.
    • League players must wear a mask inside the facilities (both on- and off-ice), except while eating/drinking in the bar area.
    • The fall league season is being played with standard curling rules (4-player teams, no restrictions on sweeping).
  • June 25th, 2021
    • SVCC San Jose Tuesday spring league will continue with COVID protocols and procedures in place (see policies above)
    • Sharks Ice announced new updates to its mask policies. Masks are still required at all times within the facility while not on the ice. For on-ice mask requirements, please read the updated facility policies and procedures.
    • SVCC San Jose Tuesday summer league starting July 6th will not have any game rule modifications in place. Mask requirements are subject to Sharks Ice policies. Social distancing is still encouraged. Surface cleaning of equipment is not required, but disinfectant wipes will still be made available.
  • June 15th, 2021
  • May 1st, 2021
    • Registration for SVCC’s first on-ice event since March 2020 is open!
    • Return to Curling Policies and Procedures have been published and distributed to member (see above)
    • Santa Clara and Alameda Counties have both moved into the Orange/Moderate Tier according to the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
  • April 28th, 2021
    • Santa Clara and Alameda Counties have both moved into the Orange/Moderate Tier according to the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
    • Curling activities are allowed in the Orange Tier and SVCC is currently preparing Return to Curling documentation, procedures, and products
  • March 8th, 2021
    • On Wednesday, March 3rd, Santa Clara County moved into the Red/Substantial Tier according to the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
    • Alameda County remains in the Purple/Widespread tier, but is expected to advance to Red on March 10th.
  • 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.