Clinton Arena to reopen Nov. 2

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CLINTON — The Clinton Arena will reopen on Nov. 2, according to Town of Kirkland Parks and Recreation manager Patty Maxam.

The rink would typically open in late September but COVID-19, which caused the rink to close early in the spring, will also keep it from opening on time in the fall.

The rink has to limit occupancy to half of its smallest area, which is the lobby, Maxam said. That means no more than 20 people. That also means, she said, “As of right now we’re not having public skating.” When the rink does open, those entering will use the front doors and those leaving will use the side doors. Rink staff will take temperature scans upon entry and those using the rink will have to sign in for contact tracing. Once the lobby is disinfected and cleaned, skaters can come into the lobby. “We’re asking them to come dressed with as little bags as possible,” Maxam said.

“We’ll see how that goes. Hopefully it goes well and we’ll go from there,” she said.

Maxam said the opening date was chosen due to school opening dates, and town officials will monitor how that works to see if opening the rink will work as anticipated.

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