Re-opening rinks with social distancing

Sylvia

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From another GBR article I just saw:
The prime minister postponed plans to allow high-risk venues such as casinos, bowling alleys and ice rinks to re-open on Saturday. They will have to wait at least another two weeks, he said.
 
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Bunny Hop

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When I used to skate during the workday or before work, I brought wipes with me, dry shampoo, etc. so I could freshen up before I went to work. No rinks here have showers; it's not a thing. But luckily now, even when I have to go to my workplace, my times are far more flexible, so I can fit skating in. And now that I'm working from home at least through the fall, it's even better.
There is a shower at our rink, but I'm not sure how it is used as the door to it is normally locked, and now there is a sign on the door saying it is not in use. But I don't skate fast enough to raise a sweat so I just change and go straight to work (or straight home in the current circumstance). :lol:
 

overedge

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I read a news item saying that a rink in the UK (privately owned) was able to open during the lockdown so that it could host tryouts for the next season of the Dancing on Ice TV show. The rink's owners got around the lockdown restrictions by claiming the rink was functioning as a "film studio" :rolleyes:
 

Miezekatze

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I read a news item saying that a rink in the UK (privately owned) was able to open during the lockdown so that it could host tryouts for the next season of the Dancing on Ice TV show. The rink's owners got around the lockdown restrictions by claiming the rink was functioning as a "film studio" :rolleyes:
Is that really so rolleyes worthy?

Here in Germany a few tv productions weren't completely stopped either during our "mini lockdown", "Let's Dance" being one of them.

I'm sure they were able to use training venues that were otherwise closed too, after all the dancers needed to continue rehearsing somewhere.

I don't really see the difference to your example, except if the rink owner was letting regular people skate there too without it being allowed or something.
 

overedge

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@Miezekatze the difference is that the ice rink was exploiting a loophole in the UK ockdown guidelines that allowed film/TV productions to go ahead but didn't allow ice rinks to be open.

Also, they weren't actually filming a show. They were holding auditions with a reality TV star to possibly be one of the amateur skaters on the show (the article only mentions one person auditioning but since the rental was for five days there could have been more).

The article also notes that at the same time the elite skaters training in the UK were only permitted a few hours a week of ice time at a different rink. So if ice rinks were allowed to open, it wasn't the skaters who needed them most who were benefiting from that.

And people in the UK are sensitive (justifiably so) to the lockdown rules being bent or ignored, because of the Prime Minister's adviser ignoring the rules his own government put in place and driving cross-country with a sick child to visit his parents and celebrate his wife's birthday.
 

antmanb

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Also unless they have news that we don't about vaccines i'm not sure how Dancing On Ice can possibly go ahead with the social distancing guidelines in place.

The point being - if the elite athletes that compete in this sport are wondering when their next competition will be and how they resume their athletic careers, why are a bunch of Z listers being allowed to flout the laws for a money making venture, when the actual athletes in this sport have their careers up in the air?

If we're going to allow ice rinks to open for a reason I think elite sports should be given priority over a reality TV show.
 

overedge

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Last week Skate Canada had an online "town hall" about its return-to-skating plans. It's now been posted on YouTube with captions, which I would recommend using because some of the voices are a bit quiet.
If you scroll through you will see that there is a PowerPoint for each province with an outline of its plans. The audience Q and A starts about 40 minutes in, and there are some more details there, in response to questions, about what the plans entail. E.g. the count of skaters on the ice in some provinces includes both coaches and skaters.
 

sk8pics

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I got my refund yesterday for my unused freestyle tickets at my rink. The guy told me they are hoping to reopen in “early fall” but we’ll see. In the meantime, it’s nice to get my money back.
 

Sylvia

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Shpilband’s group has been training in Novi, Michigan for a while now, but I’m not that surprised to hear many municipal ice rinks in the state are still closed. :(

The Detroit Skating Club (privately owned) has been asking for donations, as I posted here: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/th...ly-or-at-risk-of-closure.107357/#post-5832058

Mark Hanretty has been voicing his displeasure about the U.K. rink situation and getting nationwide publicity:
 

anikacanaxel

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I'm finally going to the rink soon! I have Theater On Ice tryouts on the 16th and 23rd but I'm not sure when I'll be able to skate before that. I've lost so much strength in quarantine because I wasn't the best about off-ice so IDK how they're going to go...
 

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