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Oaks Park, Lloyd Center to welcome back roller, ice skaters

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PORTLAND — After seven months of being shuttered under coronavirus restrictions, Oaks Park and Lloyd Center will welcome back skaters starting Wednesday.

Under eased guidelines, Oaks Park’s roller rink can accommodate 45 skaters per session with a total of five employees. Admission for timed two-hour blocks must be purchased online at oakspark.com/rinktix; there will be no on-site ticket sales. Anyone inside the arena must have a ticket, even if they don’t intend to skate.

The new guidelines follow Oregon safety protocols set for skating rinks and bowling alleys, which have been allowed to reopen after seven months of closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

In a news release, Oaks Park said staff are eager to see skaters back in the rink. “Roller skating has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in recent months,” said Emily McKay, marketing director at Oaks Park in a recent email, “and we are excited not only to welcome back friends who have enjoyed skating with us in the past but to introduce our one-of-a-kind rink to those who have discovered a love of skating during the pandemic.”

Oaks Park has a plan in place for safety and sanitation. Only open skates will be scheduled, so no classes or specialty sessions are planned. Staff will have pre-shift health checks daily. Face masks are required for all guests older than 5, and recommended for those younger than 5.

Roller skating not your thing? The Lloyd Center ice arena will also open Wednesday for reserved skate sessions.

Rink staff is planning to establish and communicate the reopening schedule prior to Nov. 4. Not all the usual services will be available. The rink will offer two types of rentals: Reserved recreational skate and reserved freestyle.

Details on number of skaters allowed and safety rules have not been ironed out. Interested skaters should visit lloydice.com for details and for reservations beginning Wednesday.

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