There won’t be any crowding issues on Barrie’s ice surfaces this winter. COVID-19 has guaranteed that.
The city has two outdoor artificial ice surfaces, five city-maintained ice surfaces and 32 volunteer ice surfaces. After consultation with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, these ice surfaces will be opened with limited access and services.
Due to COVID-19 occupancy protocols and restrictions, there will be signage at each location which will indicate no more than 10 skaters at any given time. Changerooms and washrooms will be closed.
The Circle at the Centre at City Hall will open on Friday, Dec. 19, weather permitting. Skating times will be daily from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
There will be no shinny hockey this season at the Centennial Outdoor Rink on the waterfront because of COVID-19 restrictions. The rink boards will not be installed. The rink will be available for pleasure skating, if the weather allows, beginning Dec. 19 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10 p.m.
The volunteer ice rinks will be open as weather permits.
Anyone interested in maintaining one of the 32 volunteer ice surfaces should contact Chesley.Stone@barrie.ca