The event resumed without television coverage at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship on Sunday afternoon after four members of the event’s broadcast staff tested positive for COVID-19.
The World Curling Federation said in a statement, individuals are segregated at their hotel and undergo additional testing and contact tracing.
Staff are staying at a different hotel than the athletes and competition officials who were cleared to return after a deep cleanup of the WinSport Arena on Sunday morning, which postponed the seventh round-robin draw.
In an email to The Canadian Press on Sunday afternoon, WCF media chief Christopher Hamilton confirmed that there were four positive cases. No name or additional details provided.
The WCF stated that all scheduled tests for athletes and competition officials return negative results.
Television feeds of the program were canceled through Tuesday morning. The competition is part of TSN’s Season of Champions coverage and is broadcast internationally by World Curling TV.
“Thank you for the best wishes,” TSN broadcaster Vic Router said on Twitter. “We are different, tested, cared for, hopefully back on Tuesday, taking care of ourselves and each other.”
Earlier in the week, organizers canceled early practice sessions after the German team tested positive for COVID-19 at a pre-tournament screening upon arrival in Calgary.
The practice sessions were eventually held on the eve of the round-robin play. The German team was allowed to compete as a three-player team, while the players who tested positive remained in isolation.
This year’s Women’s Championship, which was relocated from Switzerland due to an epidemic, is the seventh and final curling competition to be held in Calgary without an audience in a controlled environment to prevent the spread of the virus.
The Canadian Women’s, Men’s and Mixed Doubles Championships were followed by the Men’s World Championship and a pair of Grand Slams.
The men’s World Championship playoffs were interrupted by four participants who tested positive for coronovirus. The championship was completed on 11 April, however, the WCF stated that the cases were false positives.
Those people tested negative in a subsequent investigation.
Teams are restricted to the Trans-Canada Highway area and tournament hotels. Once the athletes step into the sports arena, they move themselves back and forth and the mask is mandatory.
The WCF said the organizers were exploring options for the women’s round robin’s seventh draw to be included in the upcoming event.
Playoff games begin Friday night. The medal game is scheduled on 9 May.