Let the Figure Skaters Skate in Massachusetts

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From a Figure Skating Coach:

All rinks in Massachusetts will be shut down for a period of two weeks starting 10/23/20 at 5:00 pm until 12:01 11/07/20. All Covid cases related to the skating rinks have been due to Hockey. Unfortunately figure skaters have been lumped into this new ordinance as well. Figure Skaters and Coaches are adhering to all social distancing protocols, including but not limited to staying masked at all times both on and off the ice. Figure skating should be able to continue, while hockey should be shut down. 

Figure Skaters have waited three months to return to ice and competition with many competing at their only qualifying championship in mid November located in Norwood, MA at the Skating Club of Boston. Unlike what I have seen at my rink of business from hockey players and coaches, the figure skaters and their coaches have adhered to the regulations and ordinances of the commonwealth and of each rink. All Figure Skating sessions in Massachusetts have had appropriate contact tracing, daily Covid screens, online check-ins, and some have temperature checks. Figure Skating sessions also have a significantly reduced limit of skaters per session. They also do not allow spectators unless accompanying a younger skater. Do not punish the figure skaters due to Hockey's negligence. 

In addition, many full time Figure Skating Coaches have resumed full time coaching abilities and have just recovered income from being out of work for over 3 months. Figure skating coaches are mostly full time independent contractors and are self employed and rely on the day to day lessons to support themselves and their families, unlike most hockey programs which are volunteer based. We figure skating coaches are extremely invested in the safety of our athletes, our facilities, and most of all our families. 

LET THE FIGURE SKATERS SKATE.