An ice rink set to open tomorrow in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral has been installed.
The team at Coventry UK City of Culture have released these pictures as a look behind the scenes ahead of the grand opening.
It was touch and go whether the event would be able to go ahead, as Coventry was first under national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, and then, as of yesterday, December 2, placed under strict Tier 3 rules.
This means that shops can reopen, but pubs, bars and restaurants must stay closed – except for takeaway and delivery – and there are still restrictions on meeting up with friends and family indoors.
The opening was delayed by a week, but the rink will remain open for a week extra than originally planned.
Coventry Glides opens tomorrow, Friday, December 4, and closes on January 10.
The rink has been planned with Covid safety measures in mind, including timed slots for skaters, reduced skater capacity, mandatory facemasks for all skaters – except for those who are exempt – and cleaning in between skating session.
Because of the Tier 3 restrictions, at the moment only people from Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull are allowed to attend as skaters and observers.
Anyone who has bought a ticket and lives outside these areas will be entitled to a refund.
This policy will be reviewed on December 16 after the next government announcement.
Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “We are glad that Coventry Glides can go ahead, and have been working with our partners across the city and Public Health to make sure the event is safe for audiences and staff.
“Of course, the adjustments we’ve made will mean some people can no longer participate at this time, but we’re continuing to monitor the situation and will review our approach in advance of the next announcement from government on 16 December.”