FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Curling Club was hoping provincial health officers would lift some restrictions last week, but the club will instead be closing down for the remainder of the winter.

According to curling club President Connie Richter, the extension of restrictions gave the club no choice but to close its doors for the season.

“Had Dr. Bonnie Henry released some more information there, we thought, maybe we could get going. But then she extended [restrictions] until the end of February, that’s not even going to give us two full months,” says Richter.

She says there will be a lot to talk about at the annual general meeting, scheduled for February 17th at 7 p.m. This year, the AGM will be held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings.

“We are definitely going to be refunding monies to our people. We hope to get a hold of most of them right after our AGM,” adds Richter.

The Fort St. John Curling Club just replaced a faulty chiller at the end of 2020. The City picked up the $78,000 tab, as the ice park belongs to the City, not the club.

Richter encourages anyone interested in attending the meeting to visit the Fort St. John Curling Club Facebook page for details.