Very much agree. The skaters are accepting of risk but the medical system truly cannot handle the ********* right now, I have friends working in hospitals across the GTA where a lot of skaters train and they are allocating and rationing their ICU beds right now. If more than 3 people have a stroke and need emergency care at the same hospital, anyone after the first 3 will not have a bed. If we have a snowstorm and 2 feet of snow are dropped and a family gets into a bad car accident? Not everyone in the car may be able to get emergency care at the nearest hospital. Flying out and flying back in carries a lot of risks. Anything we can do to even prevent one more person from getting sick right now is a good thing.The skaters may be accepting of the risk but it doesn’t change that traveling is inviting more risks than staying close to home. It’s just the skaters are more willing to accept that additional risk.
SC as an organization saw that differently and I can also see Vancouver/BC not wanting to host an event with people flying in from other parts of Canada where things are not good right now.
B.C. has the highest percentage of vaccinated people with the first dose and per 100k people and they are trending down despite the post NYE numbers coming in. They have made more progress and we should keep it that way.
Additionally a lot of smaller rinks are closed. High performance athletes are on the ice for the time being, however to prepare for a competition they need extra training time and usually book ice elsewhere to work more with specialists or choreographers. Many of those "elsewheres" are closed indefinitely because they are smaller rinks and with the limits on skaters, they would lose more money paying the electricity bill for 8 skaters on ice at a time than just shutting down completely for the time being. While they are training, the training time may not be sufficient.