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Re: Any UK Rink Closures Due to Corona Virus?
« Reply #132 on: August 26, 2020, 02:53:31 PM »
Heard that Guildford's ice plant broke when they restarted it. :-[
They are waiting on spares to be delivered and installed and have said it won't be working again until the end of September.

According to an acquaintance who works for the Link Centre Swindon they have started officially working on the rink.
Possible opening mid to end September.

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Re: Any UK Rink Closures Due to Corona Virus?
« Reply #133 on: August 26, 2020, 03:24:17 PM »
Cambridge, Sobell and Alexandra Palace still closed.  No opening date that I have seen.

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Re: Any UK Rink Closures Due to Corona Virus?
« Reply #134 on: August 26, 2020, 06:07:41 PM »
Plymouth rink have been asked by the BBC when they plan on opening ascend they just said, "We're looking into reopening when it is safe and viable to do so."

The BBC also asked the developer of the new, replacement, "International Ice Arena" what's happening with that, and were told that the Covid-19 pandemic put the building on hold but they are talking with their "partners" in the project and hope to restart "soon".  <sigh>

The BBC also filmed a group of Plymouth adults on their Off-Ice skates on Plymouth Hoe this morning.   We'll see if anything comes of it.
Returned to the ice in Sept 2017 after a major leg injury in 1999. Skating in Risport Royal Pro and MK Gold Star. Still scary after all these years...

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Re: Any UK Rink Closures Due to Corona Virus?
« Reply #135 on: August 26, 2020, 07:15:14 PM »
If things continue as they are, vast swathes of sport, leisure, travel, retail and hospitality will disappear as they are unsustainable.  As a minority sport with facilities that are expensive to run, ice skating can't hope to survive the cull.

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Re: Any UK Rink Closures Due to Corona Virus?
« Reply #136 on: August 26, 2020, 07:27:11 PM »
Too true, and not just rinks, coaches too.
I know of at least 2 long serving coaches that have retired from Swindon. One of them was my son and daughter's coach.

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Re: Any UK Rink Closures Due to Corona Virus?
« Reply #137 on: August 29, 2020, 09:04:53 AM »
NIC reopening Tuesday 8th September 2020.
Sliding on frozen water is the easy part of ice skating.

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Re: Any UK Rink Closures Due to Corona Virus?
« Reply #138 on: September 01, 2020, 02:40:23 PM »
Update on Scotland:

Ice rinks have been removed from this list;
https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-returning-to-work/pages/businesses-and-premises-that-must-remain-closed/

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-what-you-can-and-cannot-do/pages/sport-culture-and-leisure/
"Indoor sports facilities such as gyms, swimming pools and sports courts - with physical distancing and enhanced hygiene – can re-open from Monday 31 August subject to guidance."

14th September had been mentioned previously;
https://www.scotsman.com/sport/other-sport/dancing-ice-star-calls-reopening-scottish-ice-rinks-2943801
Sliding on frozen water is the easy part of ice skating.

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Re: Any UK Rink Closures Due to Corona Virus?
« Reply #139 on: September 14, 2020, 12:37:16 PM »
Looks like Alexandra Palace and Lee Valley are opening up for public sessions now, fairly limited at present, book in advance etc.

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Re: Any UK Rink Closures Due to Corona Virus?
« Reply #140 on: September 14, 2020, 12:57:15 PM »
The Eden Project in Cornwall started construction of their seasonal rink to open in October (usually half term) through to February.  Whether it will carry on now we have the Rule of Six, however, remains to be seen.

Plymouth Pavilions issued a bland, "We're currently working on reopening as soon as it is safe and financially viable to do so" statement a while back.  There is hope, however, as a member of their staff who collected her skates before heading off to Uni was told she could stay on the payroll and work when she's back during the Christmas holidays, which is the best indication yet that they might actually reopen.  Naturally none of the coaches have been told anything like this...  >:(
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Re: Any UK Rink Closures Due to Corona Virus?
« Reply #141 on: September 14, 2020, 01:12:50 PM »
I don't think the rule of six affects sports and leisure in quite that way - it's essentially a limitation on private socialising in groups bigger than six.  So a rink would not be able to accept single bookings for more than 6 people, but group lessons would be OK as they are exempt from the rule.


I'll not be going back until everything is normal - basically not in my lifetime.  Will skate outdoors until masks are made mandatory outdoors, then in my drive until police send drones to spy on me.
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Re: Any UK Rink Closures Due to Corona Virus?
« Reply #142 on: September 26, 2020, 10:29:27 AM »
The Eden Project in Cornwall started construction of their seasonal rink to open in October (usually half term) through to February.  Whether it will carry on now we have the Rule of Six, however, remains to be seen.

Plymouth Pavilions issued a bland, "We're currently working on reopening as soon as it is safe and financially viable to do so" statement a while back.  There is hope, however, as a member of their staff who collected her skates before heading off to Uni was told she could stay on the payroll and work when she's back during the Christmas holidays, which is the best indication yet that they might actually reopen.  Naturally none of the coaches have been told anything like this...  >:(

Just heard that Eden’s ice rink is still due to open with lessons going ahead. Emails going out on 1st October  O0