WORCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Public skating has returned to a number of ice rinks in Massachusetts, and it's just in time for February school vacation week.
FMC Ice Sports operates 17 ice skating rinks in the state and officials say they know how tough it has been for Massachusetts families during the pandemic.
That is why, there will be no charge for public skating sessions that start back up on Monday.
Strict distancing guidelines mean that only 25 skaters will be allowed on the ice at a time.
To follow these guidelines, FMC officials require pre-registration 24 hours in advance for the skate session.
Participants on the ice can have up to 2 spectators in the stands, if they're under 18. Also, skaters must have their own skates because there are no rentals or concessions.
FMC plans to continue the program through the winter season as long as state guidelines allow.
WBZ NewsRadio's Kendall Buhl (@WBZKendall) reports