Penticton’s Lakeside Resort outdoor skating rink will be open by reservation only to families form the same household this year to limit the spread of COVID-19. (Mark Brett - Western News file)

Penticton’s Lakeside Resort outdoor skating rink will be open by reservation only to families form the same household this year to limit the spread of COVID-19. (Mark Brett - Western News file)

Penticton’s Lakeside Resort cancels NYE fireworks, skating rink open by appointment only

45-minute ice rink bookings are free for members of the same household

Penticton’s Lakeside Resort has cancelled their New Year’s Eve fireworks display this year due to COVID-19.

The resort has also altered the protocol for booking their outdoor, lakeside ice rink. The rink is available by reservation only and can only by used by people in the same household during one booking.

READ MORE: Photos: Fireworks ring in the new year in Penticton

The ice rink is available for 45 minute time-slot bookings by reservation only. All bookings are complimentary, even if you’re not staying at the resort and the fire pit will be operational the whole time the rink is open.

The ice rink is expected to be open this Friday (Dec. 11), said the Lakeside’s director of regional sales and marketing Brannigan Mosses. Residents can begin booking time-slots for the ice rink now.

People looking to stay and skate a little longer can book the rink and fire-pit for a two-hour time-slot with a food and beverage purchase of at least $75 at the Barking Parrot.

The resort will also be launching family packages this week for locals looking to get out of the house. The packages are open to families from the same household only and include a two-night stay at the resort, a two-hour booking at the ice rink and fire pit, a s’mores kit and hot chocolate kit, and a movie night in your room with popcorn and a box full of goodies.

How long the ice rink is open is weather dependant but it should be open until at least the end of February, said Brannigan.

Similar to this year’s Canada Day fireworks at the Lakeside, New Year’s Eve fireworks have also been cancelled to discourage large gatherings.

READ MORE: Summerland Polar Bear Dip cancelled

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