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.
 

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