It will be a winter without ice skating on the Newport waterfront.

Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina has made the decision to not open their ice rink this winter, due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions.

“A very difficult decision not to have it this Fall/Winter but we sided with safety for our employees and guest as that is always first and foremost for us”, David Smiley, General Manager for Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina told What’s Up Newp. ” We look forward to what 2021 will bring us all and have high hopes having the rink back at Gurney’s”.

Currently, COVID-19 restrictions in Rhode Island limit social gathering sizes to just that of your household. Rhode Island also started a two-week “pause” on Monday that closes all recreational venues.

After the Newport Skating Center closed at the Newport Yachting Center, Gurney’s added a skating rink to their property in December of 2018. The rink operated during the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 winter seasons.

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