We would like to advise all members of the latest position at Greenacres. Unfortunately, after the latest information issued by the Scottish Government, it is with great regret we must inform you that we cannot continue curling at Greenacres in the short term and we have closed for business from today, Tuesday 3 November 2020. We would like to thank all members for their patience and understanding since we opened for business on Monday 28 September.
Our overriding concern is for the safety of our members and visitors and we did feel that the environment we had provided at Greenacres was as safe as possible and complied with the requirements of Government until the changes made on Friday 9 October.
Since then we have continued to open for both junior curling clubs and offered ice for use by up to six people from two families in compliance with the Government’s Tier 3 regulations. Self evidently, we cannot continue to incur the high cost of maintaining ice whilst generating virtually no revenue. Unfortunately, we see no prospect of any early relaxation of the current position in the Renfrewshire Council area.
As you are all probably aware Greenacres has many members who reside not only in Renfrewshire, but also in East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Inverclyde, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, as well as North Ayrshire and East Ayrshire.
To allow curling to resume, all of these areas would require to allow members to travel to Greenacres, as members from individual clubs may not be able to play if the levels in these local authorities become different from each other.
We will write to all relevant people separately with our proposals on the issues of:
- clubs rearranged curling schedules for the season from January 20212
- prepaid ice
- membership dues
- practice tickets
Meantime, the earliest date we can reasonably expect to re-open will be in January for the second half of the season.
I must apologise for being forced to take this course of action, but while the overall Covid situation continues toadversely dominate everyone’s existence I think it is important for us to act prudently at Greenacres and ensure that we remain in a strong position to re-open whenever the situation becomes more settled than now.