Batawa outdoor skating rinks to reopen

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Quinte West residents have something to celebrate this week as the Batawa outdoor skating rinks are scheduled to reopen. After careful consideration, the Quinte West Emergency Control Group will allow the rinks to reopen for skating starting tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 22, with increased safety measures in place.

• The rinks will be open daily from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. weather permitting. Check https://www.facebook.com/batawalionsclub for conditions
• Maximum 20 people on a rink surface at one time
• Masks must be worn at all times
• Please check the live web cameras at www.batawalionsclub.com before leaving your house to ensure rinks are not busy
• Please spread out and respect physical distancing at all times
• Hockey sticks and pucks are allowed on rinks one and three, but no organized games or scrimmages are permitted at any time
• Please limit your skating time to a maximum of two hours
• Do not move the benches or picnic tables
• Washrooms will be open. Only one person at a time in the washroom area (parents/guardians with children allowed)
• Volunteers and staff will be present at all times to monitor and clean facilities
• Failure to follow protocol will result in removal from the ice surface, and if needed, OPP enforcement
“We are trying our best to make decisions that will keep everyone safe. In this case, we realized that keeping people healthy also means allowing access to opportunities for exercise and fresh air,” said Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison. “While you’re out, please be respectful of others, including staff and volunteers who are working hard to keep these facilities open.”

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