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Halifax to allow more spectators into municipal hockey arenas

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More hockey fans and parents will soon be allowed back into some arenas in Halifax, the municipality announced on Friday.

Up until now, a maximum of 50 spectators was allowed into municipally operated facilities as a result of concerns over the spread of COVID-19 and capacity limits in each facility.

But the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) says a select number of arenas will boost the number of spectators allowed into them as of Sunday, Nov. 1.

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Those include the following arenas:

  • BMO Rink D will now allow 100 spectators
  • Cole Harbour Place Scotia 1 will now allow 85 spectators
  • Halifax Forum Arena will now allow 100 spectators
  • Halifax Civic Arena will now allow 75 spectators
  • Saint Margaret’s Centre — Fountain will now allow 100 spectators
  • The Zatzman Sportsplex will now allow 100 spectators

The municipality says that RBC Centre Rink C will allow 100 spectators but that will come into effect on Nov. 15.

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The decision comes after a petition last month called for the HRM to expand the number of spectators at arenas and, as the petition read, to “Let Parents Back in the Rink.”

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The petition got close to 6,000 signatures.

However, not every facility will boost the number of spectators.

The following arenas will continue to permit a maximum of 50 spectators as a result of physical capacity and the requirement to physically distance.

  • BMO Rinks A, B and C
  • Eastern Shore
  • LeBrun Arena
  • RBC Centre Rinks A, B and D
  • Sackville Sports Stadium
  • Centennial Arena
  • Spryfield Arena
  • Saint Margaret’s Centre — Smith

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The municipality says Cole Harbour Place Scotia 2 will remain at a limit of 35 spectators.

Halifax will continue to be responsible for COVID-19 screening and tracking of all spectators and no food or drink will be permitted.

Masks must be worn at all times.