WELCOME TO THE ICE CENTER OF CUPERTINO
July 11, 2020
Some of you, or perhaps many of you, might be wondering why the Ice Center of Cupertino has not reopened yet while the Solar 4 America rink (and some others) has. The answer is that the guidance from the State of California has not changed, and it specifically says that ice rinks may not open.
Here is a note from the State of California Department of Public Health dated 6/8/2020 regarding guidance in the easing of some restrictions:
NOTE: This guidance is not intended for ice rinks, roller rinks, laser tag arenas, etc., where guests are less able to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet, where a central part of the activity is circulating in the space, and which can accommodate a large number of guests who are mainly from different households.
When the rink in San Jose opened, we contacted the Santa Clara County Health Department for an explanation. They would not put anything in writing, and their only explanation was that the rink was not open to the public but only to private groups. Please note the California Guidance does not parse the meaning of the word "open"; paying members of the public are skating in the ice rink means, at least to us, that the rink is open. Plus, private groups are still not allowed to gather indoors anyway.
So, then we asked for an explanation from the State of California Department of Public Health, as to why Santa Clara County was allowing ice rinks to open. Below is a copy of the reply we received:
From: Essential Services Inquiries <EssentialServicesInquiries@cdph.ca.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 3:01PM
To: Michael Benesh
Subject: New CDPH.CA.GOV web inquiry submitted for: Coronavirus/COVID-19
Thank you for your inquiry below.
Skating rinks are not currently permitted to operate. This applies statewide. A reopening guidance pertaining to that industry will be issued in the future. See https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-family-entertainment.pdf. We cannot speculate as to the exact dates as it is depends on counties meeting certain public health metrics.
You may have read an article in the Mercury News dated July 4 (updated July 6) regarding Santa Clara County not being approved for a variance from the State of California for certain easing of restrictions.
Essential Services Inquiries
California Department of Public Health
The bottom line is that the State of California has said, repeatedly, that it is not safe to reopen ice rinks at this time. While counties may take it upon themselves to institute more restrictive Covid-19 rules, they may not institute less restrictive rules than the state mandates.
With the most recent surge in Covid-19 positive cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions, it is simply not safe to reopen indoor facilities for gatherings of any type. It is not safe for our customers and not safe for our staff. Here are the latest stats on Covid-19 in Santa Clara County:
Covid-19 Hospitalizations are up 80.3% in the past 14 days.
Covid-19 ICU admissions are up 66.7% in the past 14 days.
The number of ICU beds available throughout the county as of July 6 is down to 37%.
Yes, we would very much like to reopen the Ice Center of Cupertino. Our customers want to skate, our staff wants to work, and like businesses everywhere, we very much need the revenue that opening would bring in. But, while all of that is important, even very important, it does not override the fact that opening the rink would needlessly risk Covid-19 exposure to everyone that entered the building, and by extension, everyone those people came in contact with.
The ice remains in place, all of the mechanicals are being maintained, and we have stockpiled a large quantity of Covid-19 approved sanitizing items, including electrostatic guns, tens of thousands of wipes, gallons and gallons of hand sanitizer, etc. When it is allowed, and safe, we will reopen the Ice Center of Cupertino and operate under the rules in place at the time. We have contingency plans in place for limited operations, depending on the specifics of the restrictions at the time of reopening.
Please stay safe and we very much look forward to you returning when appropriate to reopen.
Ice Center Enterprises
Ice Center of Cupertino
New Schedule and Payment Information
We now are able to accept secure on-line payments for many of our programs. All of the schedules for our hockey and skating school programs, as well as Cool Camps, Frozen Fun Camps and Birthday Parties, will be updated and available for viewing, and you will have the ability to register and pay for these programs securely on-line.
We anticipate this new secure on-line payment capability will greatly enhance your experience at the Ice Center of Cupertino by being able see the current schedule for all Ice Center programs and to make a payment for a program from wherever you'd like.
Here are the programs where we will accept secure on-line reservations and payments:
Coming Soon: all available dates and times will be listed for the following items, where you can chose an available open time and our rink staff will follow up to complete the reservation:
- Hockey Classes: including Hockey 1 and 2 classes as well as the Rookie League.
- Skating School Classes
- Birthday Parties
- Cool Camp
- Frozen Fun Camp
This new payment capability is integrated with our rink software company and our existing merchant card processor, who operate this type of secure on-line payment system in rinks throughout the U.S. There is a very brief, one-time registration that you will be asked to complete, and you will enter your email address and choose a password. Once this registration is completed, access each subsequent time only requires your email address and password.
- Ice Rink Facility Rental: includes Broomball, Hockey or Groups
- Hockey X-Training: including several facility rental options
Please go to the Ice Center program tab you are interested in, and in addition to a description of the program, you will find a schedule and payment link for that particular activity.
We are excited about this upgrade to our capability to serve our customers better.
Our web site was designed to provide as much information as possible to our customers. This information is organized by program for maximum flexibility. The Ice Center offers many sessions of public skating during prime time hours, including weekends and weeknights. Skate rentals are also available.
Are you just starting out and want to learn how to skate? The Ice Center of Cupertino has the largest skating school per ice surface in the Bay Area, where students can start in the Introductory Class and progress through various levels up to the Freestyle levels. We also offer private lessons and competitions for the more advanced skaters.
Perhaps hockey is of more interest to you? The Ice Center of Cupertino offers Intro to Hockey Class, where youth players can learn the basics that they can use for a lifetime of fun playing the exciting sport of ice hockey. From there, the Ice Center has the Cougar Rookie League and, eventually, the Cougar travel teams for year-around hockey action. We haven't forgotten the adult hockey player! We offer beginner classes for adults wanting to learn how to play ice hockey, and from there we have various leagues organized around skill level for even competition.
Birthday Parties are great fun at the Ice Center of Cupertino. We have several packages to choose from, including ones that combine pizza with ice skating. That's a winning combination! Perhaps you have a group or corporate event and want to do something fun and a little different? The Ice Center of Cupertino can arrange ice skating or broomball for your group, complete with instructors if you wish. We can even include the pizza!