The Port Elgin Chrysler Ontario Tankard presented by Bruce Power is set to start on February 9, a date which may or may not fall within the reach of COVID-19 restrictions. Under regulations which are currently in place, the Tankard could not be held.

Current provincial regulations are to expire on January 27 and CurlON, the authorizing body, is anticipating that regulations in effect prior to December 19 will come back into play. Those regulations would permit the Tankard to go ahead with 50 percent capacity, and with food and beverage services.

The host committee, while currently finalizing details required to execute come February 9, is also developing options should the event be cancelled or postponed. These include creating a bubble to host the 2022 event without spectators and hosting the event in the future.

The host committee is monitoring the situation daily and will be providing updates as circumstances evolve. The committee does wish to assure ticket holders that they will have options going forward, including obtaining a refund should the event not proceed.

On December 18, organizers suspended ticket sales as they had reached the 50 percent capacity announced at that time.

Among the teams set to compete are Team John Epping, Team Glenn Howard, Team Pat Ferris, Team Dylan Niepage and Team Scott Mitchell.