On June 1, the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order for the state of Michigan was lifted. However, our ice arenas are amongst the businesses that are still prohibited from reopening under the current executive order.
The executive order that affects our ice arenas states, "Indoor services or facilities, or outdoor services or facilities involving close contact of persons, for amusement or other recreational or entertainment purposes, such as amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor climbing facilities, indoor dance areas, skating rinks, trampoline parks, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities remain closed."
Please be assured that we will continue to prepare our ice arena to safely reopen as soon as these restrictions are lifted.
Update as of Tuesday, March 24th:
Like the entire community, we continue to follow the guidance of federal, state and local government officials to do our part to help slow down the COVID-19 pandemic. We extend our thoughts and best wishes to all of you as we weather this unprecedented situation. Please stay safe and take care of yourselves and those who might be vulnerable around you.
As you know, we have temporarily closed the facility and suspended all activity at this point. Additionally, we have taken the step of shutting down the ice plant and taking the ice out as a maintenance and cost-saving measure. We have developed a plan, that given the uncertainty of the times, is nimble and dynamic, to be ready to re-open just as soon as we are given the clearance by government authorities. Our staff is prepared to reinstall the ice as quickly as possible, in an effort to get our teams, leagues and programs back up and running.
In addition, we are in regular communication with USA Hockey, the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association and US Figure Skating and have contingency plans for team tryouts, spring programs, summer hockey schools, freestyle figure skating, learn to skate programs and recreational skating.
Sports not only gives us physical and mental skills, it brings us a sense of community and belonging. Having to pause those connections is difficult on everyone. This is clearly a major adjustment in our lives, but something we can overcome. Please continue to follow the advice of our health professionals in order to stay healthy. Stay home, wash your hands and keep practicing safe social distancing.
We look forward to welcoming everyone back as soon as possible. We will continue to post updates on our website to keep you informed, and in the meantime ask for your continued patience as we try our best to navigate these very uncertain and constantly changing times.
Be safe and hope to see you soon!
John Lindell-Royal Oak Ice Arena will continue to remain closed to the public as of March 16th and all programming is currently suspended.
We ask for your understanding and patience during this unprecedented time and as we work through the logistics of this temporary closure.
We will continue to closely monitor developments regarding COVID-19 and will resume operations and our programming once the situation is deemed appropriate to do so. In the meantime, we will provide pertinent updates via our social media channels and here on our website.