Roller skating rinks already have a culture of safety in their businesses, and they are well trained to keep people safe and happy. RE-OPEN THE RINKS!
Donations received through this campaign will be used to pursue available avenues in the effort to re-open (and keep open) roller skating rinks. Such avenues include litigation and government and public relations. Donations of all sizes are welcome and greatly appreciated for this important endeavor.
Since March, roller skating centers across New York have been closed. Despite being as safe as (or safer than) many of the businesses that have been allowed to re-open, roller skating centers have been forced to remain closed to their local communities and the many families they serve while other similar industries have been able to re-open, such as Gyms, Fitness Centers, Aerobic Dance Centers, Camps, Soft Play, Birthday Party Venues, Escape Rooms and Trampoline Parks, just to name a few. Roller rinks are closed for afternoons of family fun. Closed for birthday celebrations. Closed for youth athletics. Closed for safe, healthy fun. Roller skating rinks provide places for kids to experience joy and happiness and for people of all ages to burn off some energy, both of which are so desperately needed these days.
For more than seven months now, roller skating rinks have been left in the dark. Meanwhile, they remain prepared and eager to safely welcome patrons back.
• Partnering with the Roller Skating Association, many rinks across the country have successfully re-opened. New York's rinks will be no different.
• Skating centers have very large square footage and require customers to all skate in the same direction. This allows for customers to maintain the appropriate physical distancing between themselves, other customers, and the venues’ employees.
• Skaters naturally distance themselves to allow for safe skating. Social distancing will be consistently enforced by staff throughout the entire facility, including the skate floor and seating areas, and reinforced through the public address system. Staff members are already trained to enforce safety rules and will receive additional training for the re-opening COVID control plan.
• Skating centers will be cleaned and shared equipment will be disinfected frequently between customer touches. Additional staff will be assigned disinfecting and sanitizing duties, which will all be thoroughly documented.
• The economic impact has been devastating. Millions of dollars in revenue have been lost in roller skating rinks across the beloved state of New York. This also equates to hundreds of thousands in lost wages, jobs, and sales and income tax revenue. Re-opening roller skating will allow people to come back to work.
• The people want roller skating to return. The rinks field calls from families every day wondering why they are not open yet. Skating rinks are community centers for health and happiness.
With no scheduled date to look forward to, roller skating has been left behind as one of the last businesses allowed to re-open. While bowling alleys, batting cages, mini-golf, rock-climbing walls, gyms, museums, and many more have been allowed to re-open, the roller skating rinks have been patiently waiting. It is time to get some answers.