It has been confirmed that all ice skating must be postponed and rinks must close from 5th November until 2nd December following parliamentary approval of a four-week lockdown in England.
British Ice Skating worked closely with the Department for Media, Culture & Sport to lobby for as many people to remain on the ice as possible. As with all National Governing Bodies who have received the same ruling we are disappointed but ask that members and skaters adhere to the new guidelines.
It is unclear what the rules will revert to, or if a further lockdown could be announced, after the 2nd December. As soon as more information is provided this will be communicated to all members. We will continue to work to make sure that skaters can safely return to rinks as soon as possible.
For those in Scotland and Wales guidance will be issued as and when further advice is put forward by the appropriate governing bodies. When guidance in England is released all up-to-date information will be posted on the BIS website and social media channels.
Michelle Draper, CEO of BIS, said: "It is incredibly frustrating and disappointing that our skaters will once again not be able to be on the ice but we understand the need for measures to be put in place to control the spread of Covid-19.
We will continue to promote the benefits to mental and physical well-being that skating brings to thousands of people and work tirelessly to make sure that people can get back on the ice as soon as possible."