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Re: Any UK Rink Closures Due to Corona Virus?
« Reply #33 on: April 19, 2020, 04:11:53 PM »
That's interesting.  Which rinks are planning to re-open?  Where have you seen this announcement?

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Re: Any UK Rink Closures Due to Corona Virus?
« Reply #34 on: April 19, 2020, 04:17:24 PM »
Nothing certain yet. There's more information on traffic light opening of the country though we still are in peak.

Even if things start opening up, rinks won't be the first to open. Many skaters including my daughter have off-ice skating blades installed. Not the same but close enough. Few times a week, I take her to empty car park

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Re: Any UK Rink Closures Due to Corona Virus?
« Reply #35 on: April 19, 2020, 07:39:55 PM »
The only person I have heard talk about traffic light reopening is Iain Duncan Smith and he's a backbencher these days.  The UK govt has played its cards pretty close to its chest regarding an exit strategy.  They says it's because they don't want to distract from the current message, but I wonder if it's more because they are still making up plans.  Either way, the story in the papers about schools reopening (denied) is probably more indicative of what will be first.  Anything that enables economic activity to resume with relative safety will be prioritised - so primary schools (to enable parents to get back to work), shops, factories, construction.  They've said entertainment will be last - I think they mentioned pubs, cinemas etc but suspect sport and leisure will be close to last, along with mass gatherings.  You can distance people in a gym maybe, or in a pool with lanes, but harder in a rink.  I wouldn't hold your breath.
Great that people have been skating on wheels, and I see Lloyd Jones and his partner have posted some clips on YouTube.  I've been avoiding my local car park for fear of ending up a victim of the Thought Police/Junior Anti-fun league/Jobsworth security guard.  I love distancing, can't understand why things like golf without the 19th hole, tennis (singles), surfing, outdoor skating wouldn't be acceptable but I don't want to compromise my wonderful, always empty (closed) car park for the sake of waiting a few weeks longer.  Been doing my daily exercises at home plus some spinning/pirouettes on a disc of hard carpet that works wonders as a spinner on wooden floors.

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Re: Any UK Rink Closures Due to Corona Virus?
« Reply #36 on: May 03, 2020, 04:03:16 PM »
What’s everyones thoughts on how the rinks could (if at all) reopen during this social distancing time? Plant ice are accepting bookings from August onwards and have announced they will be going cashless from July due to the current crisis. Looks like they’re considering their options.  ??? 

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Re: Any UK Rink Closures Due to Corona Virus?
« Reply #37 on: May 03, 2020, 04:11:30 PM »
Good question
I was wondering about that
I can see Skate UK lessons working, teachers keeping a distance, maybe wearing masks
I can see patch possibly working, again you have a limited number of people whose behaviour is easier to control, people are training mainly not socialising
Maybe dance and pair skating OK as they are always the same people together
Hockey seems more problematic - maybe training OK, matches/contact less so
Public sessions seem like a problem to me - even if you limit numbers, people go in groups, go to socialise and cannot control being 2m away from people
And you'd need to clean areas that people touch, like skates, barriers, doors, toilets etc.  Most rinks I go to are pretty bad at that
Not sure rinks are sustainable without public sessions, financially, and no-one would want to do Skate UK if they could not skate on a public session at some point in the future.  As a minimum you'd need hockey training, that brings in a lot of money.  But without matches, who would want to learn/train?
People may be asked to skate in masks - could be tricky.  Public sessions often quite unruly and unsupervised.
I can't see ice rinks being a govt priority
I expect to be skating on wheels mainly, in the future
Btw, I personally don't necessarily endorse any of the above considerations as necessary or valid, just an assessment of measures that are likely to be demanded by authorities and expected by public.

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Re: Any UK Rink Closures Due to Corona Virus?
« Reply #38 on: May 06, 2020, 09:15:08 AM »
Believe rinks will be open from 10Th August . Not sure how accurate this is as developments in the U.K seem to change every week.

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Re: Any UK Rink Closures Due to Corona Virus?
« Reply #39 on: May 06, 2020, 09:38:17 AM »
Believe rinks will be open from 10Th August . Not sure how accurate this is as developments in the U.K seem to change every week.


Do you have a source for this information?  I think it is highly unlikely we'll see rinks open any time soon.  They are unlikely to be a government priority, and are economically unsustainable without levels of usage that will be incompatible with current thinking on the need to distance from one another.  Without a vaccine, or highly effective treatment, or evidence from studies that this virus is much less dangerous than initially thought, my prediction is that rinks will stay closed, as will many other similar venues.  But I hope I am wrong.