New Rules in Effect for Skating at Outdoor City Rinks and Ponds

Posted On Thursday January 21, 2021

In cooperation with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, the City is releasing new rules and restrictions for outdoor skating at City rinks and ponds that go into effect today.

The additional rules include:

  • No nets allowed (nets will be removed from all rinks).
  • No games allowed including “shinny/scrub”.
  • Sticks and pucks are allowed for individual or family use only.
  • Capacity limits will now be posted at rinks, with a limit of 25 individuals per boarded rink.

“With so many activities cancelled due to Ontario’s current lockdown, we’ve seen a large increase in the use of outdoor rinks,” said Cory Halvorsen, Manager of Parks and Open Spaces. “These enhanced rules are in place so that rinks can operate in compliance with the restrictions, and to keep everyone safe as they enjoy outdoor skating.”

Skating rinks and ponds, including those designated as unsupervised, will be monitored for compliance to these restrictions. A mask or face covering is recommended on outdoor rinks and other park areas as an additional measure during the lockdown extension, especially when physical distancing is a challenge.

For a complete list of outdoor rinks maintained by the City's Parks & Open Spaces Section, visit:

For more information about a City of Thunder Bay outdoor skating rink or pond, call: 625-2195.


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Contact:       Cory Halvorsen, Manager – Parks and Open Spaces, 625-2355

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