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Fredericton to reopen city ice skating rinks in July

Fredericton will begin reopening some of its ice surfaces mid-July.
Fredericton will begin reopening some of its ice surfaces mid-July. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Next month, Fredericton will be resuming some of its ice surface operations.

The first rink to reopen will be the Grant-Harvey Centre Olympic ice surface, starting July 13.

The NHL ice surface will reopen on July 20.

This decision came after the city’s review of arena operations and preparation for COVID-19 safety measures.

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With proper plans in place, Fredericton staff will begin putting ice back into arenas.

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Before getting back on the ice, all user groups must submit a “return-to-play” document to the city.

The document will outline how safety requirements will be maintained. After it’s approved by city staff, groups will be able to book their ice time.

The city has released several facility use guidelines, and the public can book ice time in the same way as other user groups.

According to a Fredericton press release, only one parent or guardian per participant is allowed in the facility, and users must follow signage to support physical distancing.

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Users are also asked to arrive as close to playing time as possible to limit time in changing rooms.

The city says additional ice surfaces will be made available, depending on demand.

This includes the Lady Beaverbrook Rink, Willie O’Ree Place and the York Arena, according to the release.

The facilities’ walking tracks will remain closed for the time being.

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