Update July 5th, 2020
Dear loyal UTC Ice skaters,
We want to update you on how and why some of our procedures are changing due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in California.
Beginning immediately, masks will be required at all times throughout the facility, including while you are on the ice.
Any breathable mask is acceptable, as long as your nose and mouth are both fully covered. You may lower your mask beneath your nose when necessary as long as you are social distancing from others. It may take a while to get adjusted to skating with a mask on, so we recommend taking it a little slower your first few times out there. If you do start to feel lightheaded, please step off the ice and remove your mask at an appropriate distance from others.
We want to make sure we’re doing everything possible to prevent cross contamination. While it’s unappealing and may be uncomfortable to wear a mask on the ice, it will be worth it to follow these procedures in the event that a new case appears. We have to preemptively make these choices so that we can protect everyone as best we can. We assure you that it’s not about politics and opinions, it’s about getting ahead of this by taking every precaution to our best ability. We want to be preventative rather than chasing something after the fact.
We can be shut down if San Diego county health officials feel like we’re transmitting the virus within the facility, and we want to stay open for you and the rest of our skaters.
If you are uncomfortable being in the ice arena at this time or cannot wear a mask while skating, please wait until the restrictions are lifted before coming back to the rink. We and your fellow skaters will not hold it against you.
Thank you for your understanding, and for helping to keep our rink as safe as we can possibly make it.