September 4, 2020
Dear Riley Rink Friends and Families:
We are committed to having ice this season and Riley Rink at Northshire Civic Center aims to welcome everyone back safely in just a few short weeks! Over the past six months, we have been monitoring the ever-changing situation and evaluating how we can provide a sheet of ice for you.
Other rinks in the State have run successful summer programs by limiting in-person contact and minimizing touch points throughout their facilities as preventative health measures for both visitors and arena staff. Our goal is to meet and in some cases exceed CDC, Vermont Department of Health, Town of Manchester guidelines. We, with input from our community, plan to follow the guidance of US Figure Skating, USA Hockey and U. S. Ice Rink Association to further develop policies to keep our families and staff safe.
We will be reaching out to you frequently over the next few weeks to ensure that we can meet their requirements. We are also in constant contact with the managers of other rinks in Vermont regarding implementation of best practices.
While we will follow Covid-19 Best Practices for Ice Rinks, in addition, our team is working on finalizing our Riley Rink-specific protocols and we will be in touch in the coming weeks with more concrete plans based on the situation here in Manchester and around the State. All protocols will be updated as necessary.
We look forward to keeping open channels of communication before and throughout the ice season and are available to address any questions and troubleshoot any challenges that may arise as we work through this as a community. We are going to be able to make this work, together.
Very truly yours,
Jon, Lisa, Dana and the Board of Directors
Northshire Civic Center established in 1997, sits on 35 acres in the foothills of Vermont's bucolic Green Mountain National Forest on Route 7A in Manchester Center, Vermont. With 22,000 square feet of open floor space and an Olympic-sized indoor skating rink, it is Southern Vermont's premier civic center for sports, events and exhibitions.