Safety guidelines for neighbourhood rinks

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shovelling an outdoor rink

Peterborough, ON - Neighbourhood rinks have started to open in City parks with public health requirements in place to protect the health of residents.

Each year, volunteers organize to create outdoor rinks in their neighbourhoods. They maintain the rinks throughout the winter, contributing to their neighbourhoods.

To support this activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Peterborough and Peterborough Public Health worked together to develop guidelines for the safe use of outdoor neighbourhood rinks.

To ensure adequate space for physical distancing, a maximum capacity is posted for each outdoor neighbourhood rink based on the size of the rink.

Organized play on neighbourhood rinks is prohibited as part of the public health measures. No pick-up hockey games or shinny are allowed. Neighbourhood rinks are for casual recreational use only.

Other public health measures and general rules for neighbourhood park rinks include:

  • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Stay home if you are sick.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from those outside of your household.
  • Wearing a mask or face covering is recommended.
  • Each rink has a posted capacity limit. If the rink has reached this limit, return at another time.
  • Downloading the Government of Canada’s COVID Alert app to your phone is encouraged.
  • All children/dependents must be accompanied by a competent adult/guardian.
  • Play safe and be respectful of others and the host neighbourhood.
  • Clean up after yourself.
  • Do not block driveways or street access.
  • Use at your own risk.

Ongoing non-compliance with public health measures at neighbourhood park rinks may result in their closure.

The locations of neighbourhood park rinks will be updated on the City website, as they open. The opening and operation of neighbourhood rinks is dependent on weather conditions.

Please always follow public health measures, including respecting physical distancing guidelines. Do not congregate with people who are not from your household around neighbourhood rinks.

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For additional information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1636