Pelham Civic Complex to reopen July 13

By NATHAN HOWELL | Special to the Reporter

PELHAM – After a lot of careful planning, and with a plethora of safety measures in place Pelham residents will once again get to enjoy ice skating and events at the Pelham Civic Complex starting on Monday, July 13.

 According to Director Danny Tate, the decision was made to reopen the facility after  surveys of clientele yielded positive results and a feasible plan to safely allow guests in the facility was put together.

“We are trying to do this in the safest way possible,” Tate said. “We were waiting to see what other facilities were doing around the country to gauge whether it would be worthwhile.”

Like most facilities that are reopening their doors to guests, the facility has had to implement a variety of rules and measures to help better protect the guests and the staff.

“We are taking into consideration social distancing, cleaning after events and after skaters leave the ice,” Tate explained. “We will have a document that people will have to fill out online to let them come into the facility. It is basically a health screening. Then at the door, we will take guests’ temperatures.”

Staff will be required to wear a mask and follow strict cleaning measures, while guests are encouraged but not required to wear masks in the facility.

This is Phase 1 of the Pelham Civic Complex’s reopening plan. City leaders and faculty are continually speaking with infectious disease experts as well as medical professionals to determine the safest way possible to continue operations.

“I am thrilled to be reopening,” Tate said. “When we sent out our surveys to clientele they were pretty much unanimous in wanting to come back. We are the only facility within two hours, so there are a lot of people who are really thrilled to come out. We are just going to have to be very careful.”

For more information about ice skating and events at the Pelham Civic Complex, you can visit PelhamCivicComplex.com