Public skating resumes at all Vancouver ice rink facilities

Oct 30 2020, 10:57 pm

The Vancouver Park Board announced today public programming will resume at all eight ice rinks across the city starting on November 7.

The ice rinks initially reopened earlier this fall to permit holders, such as organized sports leagues. Since then, new protocols have been developed to allow for the public to return to the ice.

This includes drop-in programs, including open family skating, seniors skating, figure skating, and more within 45- or 60-minute time slots.

Skating lessons are temporarily limited to Killarney and Trout Lake arenas, starting on November 8.

Online registration for public skating sessions are recommended, which open three days in advance beginning at noon on November 4. Skaters will have the option for their Flexipass, 10-visit pass, or to pay for a single admission.

Only 20% of the spots for each public skating session will be reserved for on-site drop-ins. Online registration closes 30 minutes before each session.

Skaters are asked to arrive no more than 15 minutes before their skating time, and arrive dressed for the session as there will be limited time to get ready before the start of the ice team.

These session measures, along with lowered capacity, enable for physical distancing and health safety practices. Spectators are not permitted in the arenas.

While not required, all skaters are strong encouraged to wear a face mask. After each use, rental skates and helmets, are cleaned and disinfected.

Similar session-based policies are also in effect for the Park Board’s swimming facilities.

Kenneth ChanKenneth Chan

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