The possibility of spreading COVID-19 has caused changes to how the Headwaters Park outdoor ice skating rink will be run this season.

The rink is tentatively scheduled to open Nov. 21, but attendance will be limited to 50% capacity in the ice rink itself.

City crews began assembling the rink at Lincoln Pavilion last week.

Masks or face coverings will be required on the premises and on the rink, unless the current order is lifted by the governor. Social distancing will also be required, and reservations will be accepted. There will be hand sanitizers in various locations on the premises and other features to protect guests and staff. Restrooms and ice skates will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis. Guests may rent skates or bring their own. Extra precautions in the concession room will also be taken to provide safety for guests and staff.

“The pandemic continues to have a strong hold on Indiana, but we felt it was important to continue the tradition of outdoor ice skating this winter, with extra precautions in mind,” said Geoff Paddock, executive director of the Headwaters Park Alliance.

“We are letting the public know at this early date that the rink is scheduled to open on Nov. 21. We will not be able to accommodate as many skaters and guests as we have in the past. If we all work together and practice safety, sanitation and distancing, we can continue to enjoy a family tradition that has endured for 17 years,” Paddock said.

The plan to open the ice rink for this season was approved by the Allen County Board of Health.

Details of this season’s sponsor, hours of operation, and preregistration details will be announced. The ice rink is expected to be open through Feb. 28.

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