Rainy River correspondent
According to their Facebook page, “The Rainy River Recreation Board held a special meeting earlier this week to re-visit the decision regarding ice installation for the 2020-2021 skating season. With new information and another group coming forward to use the arena, the Recreation Board is happy to announce that ICE WILL BE GOING in.”
The page further states, the Board will be developing a number of COVID-19 related protocols for the use of the facility. One important note with regard to arena rentals, at this time, the Board is only renting to organized groups with scheduled, regular activities. This may change in the future, but in order to protect the health and safety of users and staff access to the facility will continue to be limited. Limited rentals will also mean that this year more than ever the Recreation Centre is in need of donations to help keep the doors open. Donations help reduce the cost of rentals to the individual organizations and the loss of major fundraisers in 2020 has had a large impact on our budget. Any donations over $20 are eligible for a tax deductible receipt.
Groups which have contacted the Recreation Board with regard to renting the arena will be contacted individually regarding moving forward.
On Monday, November 2, Krista Brusven, president of the Rainy River Figure Skating Club said they were busy formulating policies for the approval of the Northwest Health Unit to be in compliance with COVID-19 prevention protocols. She further noted that should NWHU regulations change the Club’s financial commitment to the Rec Board would hold firm with its longer term goal of supporting the Arena.
The RRFS Club has its own coaching staff to carry out any cleaning and disinfecting requirements as well as insuring the social distancing protocols.