Timeout! Minto Arena pauses ice rentals during COVID-19 pandemic
The Minto Arena will reopen on Thursday with strict physical distancing rules (Facebook: Minto Skating Club)
OTTAWA -- Skating sessions at the Minto Arena are in a timeout.
One day after the privately run arena on Lancaster Road reopened during the COVID-19 pandemic, the arena has paused ice rentals while it holds discussions with Ottawa Bylaw and Regulatory Services.
Scott Lawryk, General Manager of the Minto Skating Centre, said "after a successful first day" the Centre would be pausing rentals at the request of authorities.
“Our processes and procedures to maintain health and safety received much praise, and we are happy to work towards a clear understanding of the application of regulations as they pertain to different user groups,” Lawryk said.
Lawryk tells CTV News Ottawa it is unclear when the arena will reopen.
Ottawa Bylaw and Regulatory Services tells CTV News Ottawa it will speak with staff at Minto Arena next week.
“Following discussions with Bylaw and Regulatory Services, the Directors of the Minto Skating Centre voluntarily made the decision to temporarily cease operations until a more fulsome discussion about the application of the Provincial Orders could occur,” said Jennifer Therkelsen, Acting Director, Bylaw and Regulatory Services.
The Minto Skating Centre reopened on Thursday with strict rules, including having up to five people on the ice at one time, and asking everyone to arrive at the rink in gear.
A previous version of this article referred to the Minto Skating Centre as the Minto Skating Club. It has since been corrected.