Playing hockey on an outdoor pad might be a Canadian pastime, but it’s not allowed on Tillsonburg’s rink during the COVID-19 lockdown, town officials say.
The town posted signs Tuesday morning to remind residents the J.L. Scott Outdoor Recreation Pad is available for skating only.
That means no sticks, no pucks and no ringette rings.
During a recent social media live-stream, Tillsonburg Mayor Stephen Molnar said town officials are keeping the rink open during the provincial lockdown, but users must abide by Ontario’s rules for gathering sizes and physical distancing.
“I remind members of the public, again, especially the adults, that there is no sticks, no pucks and no scrimmages,” he said. “I encourage us all to play by the rules and access will remain available. Create additional health concerns and … the rink’s operational capacity could be jeopardized.”
The province does permit use of outdoor rinks during the COVID-19 lockdown that began Dec. 26, but playing hockey or ringette is not permitted, said Chris Baird, Tillsonburg’s director of recreation.