Fall 2020 COVID-19 Regulations

Three figure skaters and their coach, all wearing masks and giving thumbs-up.

For the safety of all of our skaters, coaches, and families, we will be implementing a number of changes during the Fall 2020 learn-to-skate session (and likely beyond) to avoid crowding and reduce risk. Please read below for details. We thank everyone in our skating community for their support and cooperation during this time!

  1. NO SKATERS BELOW LEVEL BASIC 2
    • While we love nothing more than welcoming brand new friends to the ice for the very first time, we are not able to safely serve our youngest, newest skaters this season. If you are not sure the level at which your skater most recently tested, please contact info@burlingtonskating.org and we will be happy to check our records for you.
  2. MASKS REQUIRED FOR ALL SKATERS, COACHES, PARENTS
    • Everyone entering the building will be expected to wear a mask covering their mouth and nose for the entirety of their time indoors. Skaters and coaches will keep masks on while on the ice. Parents accompanying their skaters (more on this below) must keep their masks on while inside the Ice Palace.
      (Need a new mask? Find some in our merchandise store!)
  3. WEEKLY SCREENINGS
    • We will be asking families to submit a screening each week before the lesson, asking about symptoms and possible exposures. PLEASE err on the side of caution and stay home if your skater isn’t feeling well, even if you feel confident it’s “just” a cold or something else.
  4. LIMITED ENROLLMENT
    • In accordance with state guidelines, we will allow no more than 25 people on the ice at a time. We will set registration caps online to limit the number of skaters who register for each session.
  5. CONTROLLED ENTRY AND EXIT
    • As you know, the lobby of the Ice Palace gets crowded quickly! To minimize this issue, we will institute the following procedures:
      • Skaters must put their skates on before entering the building. Make sure they have hard skate guards so they can safely walk from the parking lot to the rink! Reminder: masks must be worn by everyone whenever you are inside the building.
      • Please do not enter the building more than ten minutes prior to the start of your lesson time.
      • When the lesson ends, we will ask all skaters to exit promptly at the scoreboard end of the rink, which opens directly into the parking lot area, rather than coming back out into the lobby. Please wait until you are outside to change out of your skates.
  6. NO SKATE RENTALS
    • Skate rentals will NOT be offered at this time. All skaters must have their own pair of skates. If you have any questions about purchasing a first pair of skates, please visit our FAQ page for information and recommendations! Make sure you also have a set of hard guards.
  7. LIMITED SPECTATORS ALLOWED
    • We know how much parents (and sometimes friends or grandparents!) love to watch their child skate. However, in order to maintain appropriate physical distance, at this time we must severely limit the number of non-skaters present inside the Ice Palace.
    • Additionally, we will be marking out distanced spaces in the stands for parents to sit while their child skates. PLEASE respect distances, keep your mask on, and do not approach the glass or the doors to the ice.
    • Basic 2 through Pre-Free Skate skaters should be accompanied by ONE PARENT OR GUARDIAN, ONLY. Please do not bring any additional friends or family members into the building, including siblings.
    • For parents of our more experienced Free Skate and Graduate skaters, we would ask that you not stay inside the Ice Palace while your child is skating whenever possible. If your skater is under the age of 12, please stay close by (such as in the parking lot) for the duration of their lesson.
  8. SAFE DISTANCING ON THE ICE
    • Coaches will make every effort to encourage skaters to maintain distance between one another while on the ice, as well as keeping at a distance, themselves. Please work with us to remind your child of the importance of giving each other a “bubble” of personal space!
    • Basic-level skaters will be divided into smaller groups based on ability and will stay in one section of the ice with their small group and coach for the duration of the lesson.
  9. NO SHARED ITEMS
    • Please make sure your skater brings their own supplies – such as gloves, skate guards, helmets, tissues, water bottles, hand sanitizer, etc. – and that those items are kept contained. Younger skaters can have their parents hold onto these items in the stands. Free Skate and Graduate skaters may bring their own small bags onto the ice if necessary.
    • If you do not already have a dedicated “skate bag,” we highly recommend it! A backpack or reusable shopping bag is a great choice to keep track of skates, guards, and everything else you will need each week. Want a cool new cinch-style backpack or a sturdy duffle bag? Check our our merchandise shop!

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