Rinks, curling clubs apply for funding to make up for lost revenue from COVID-19 restrictions (CBC PEI)

(by Julie Clow)

It’s been a tough month for Larry Richards.

He’s the manager and ice tech of the Montague Curling Club where, this month, curlers were going to gather for the 2022 P.E.I. Scotties Tournament of Hearts and then later, the 2022 P.E.I. Tankard.

Rising COVID cases put a stop to that.

Restrictions that followed cut business even further, when all rinks and clubs had to shut down completely in mid-January.

“Curling and winter go together. Members can’t get out to curl, and we can only run from October to the end of March, really,” Richards said.

It’s a major loss of revenue for his curling club and other clubs and rinks like it in the province.


Larry Richards, the manager and ice technician at the Montague Curling Club, says the bills keep coming in, regardless of restrictions. (Mitch Cormier/CBC)

Early in January, the province had announced it would help rinks get through this period with a $2,500 grant. But after taking a look at the impact of the restrictions on small rinks and clubs, it has increased the amount. 

“We understand what it takes to operate in an arena, and especially with the lockdowns,” said Communities Minister Jamie Fox.

“The revenue has been cut, so we’re upping our arenas, indoor rinks to $15,000 and curling clubs up to a maximum of $7,500.”

That money came just in time for some rinks. Many were considering taking out the ice for the season because of the operating costs and electricity bill.

Click for the full story at CBC PEI: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-covid-19-curling-rinks-revenue-restrictions-1.6327954

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