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Covid latest: Safety rules are being put on ice at Tower of London

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 September 2020 | UPDATED: 17:58 25 September 2020

Skating Beefeater patrolling Tower of London's frozen moat. Picture: Royal Palaces

Skating Beefeater patrolling Tower of London's frozen moat. Picture: Royal Palaces

Royal Palaces

Officials at the Tower of London are putting new government Covid regulations on ice for the coming winter.

Preparations under way for Tower of London's big winter attraction. Picture: Royal PalacesPreparations under way for Tower of London's big winter attraction. Picture: Royal Palaces

Plans are under way for the historic moat round the world heritage castle to be turned into the annual winter ice rink.

The great freeze-over starts November 14 and keeps going three days into the New Year till January 3.

New public safety measures are being introduced this year to comply with Gold Standard for Covid-secure temporary ice rink attractions, which has been created by a consortium of industry experts.

The Tower's moat frozen over turns it into a popular ice rink. Picture: Royal PalacesThe Tower's moat frozen over turns it into a popular ice rink. Picture: Royal Palaces

“There’ll be hygiene standards fit for a king or queen,” a Tower Royal Palaces spokesman said.

“We want to make sure skaters enjoy the ice rink safely, with enhanced cleaning regimes and hand washing sanitation facilities available.”

Staggered skate sessions are being introduced to make sure fewer people are on the ice at any one time, while the ice rink is being made larger than previous years to give skaters even more “ice-olation” room.

Night-time spectacular draws crowds to The Tower's ice rink-in-the-moat. Picture: Royal PalacesNight-time spectacular draws crowds to The Tower's ice rink-in-the-moat. Picture: Royal Palaces

But a heated area for spectators is also being laid on for others to soak up the festive atmosphere.

Tickets for The Tower’s ice rink-in-the-moat can be booked online from today, ready to open daily from November 14 (closed Christmas Day).


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