Strict measures should prevent crowd skaters

Mayors hold their hearts because they expect too much skaters this weekend on lakes, ponds and canals. Cabinet, security regions and ice associations are also calling on everyone to limit travel movements and to meet as few people as possible. Even though there is such a beautiful ice floor, it is not intended for everyone to skate there, they say they are referring to measures against the spread of the coronavirus.

On Friday, Mayor Ap Reinders of Stichtse Vecht (province of Utrecht) threatened to introduce an emergency regulation in and around De Molenpolder due to the enormous admissibility. Until Sunday, cars are not allowed in the ice skating area. The Maarsseveense Lakes and the Loosdrechtse Lakes are therefore not accessible for skaters who come by car.

Also Rotterdam, Leeuwarden and Hardenberg have closed roads Friday afternoon because there was too large an entry to popular ice skating spots.

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the request of the municipality of Katwijk (of which it is part), the ice club Nooitgedacht in Valkenburg, in the South Holland town of Valkenburg, has disabled the ice rink due to the large adventurous of ice skating enthusiasts.

At the Noorder IJpolder in Amsterdam a woman was saved from drowning by a police officer on Friday. She had gone up to the ice to save her dog fell through the ice. On the Hofvijver in Haagse Hofvijver people got into trouble when the edges of the pond started to melt. Police, fire brigade and Royal Marechaussee helped the unfortunate skaters back on the side. A little further away, in Valkenburg, Zuid-Holland, ice club Nooitgedacht, after consultation with the municipality, has disabled the ice rinks itself because of the large adventurous of skating lovers. According to the club, its impossible to maintain in coronatijd.

Many municipalities have already closed roads to the skating areas last week and those who park their car in the roadside risk a fine and tow away this weekend. Frozen lakes and puddles were subject to massive fines to skaters who did not comply with the Coronal rules.

Hubert Bruls, President of the Security Council of the 25 Security Regions, warns that municipalities may decide on weekends to close skating rinks, lakes and ponds to skaters if it gets too busy. It compares this with the measures taken in 2020 in spring and autumn when people moved massively to beaches and forests.

KNSB: Stay close to home

Also skating union KNSB calls on people to be sensible when they want to go skating on natural ice. Stay close to home. Find ponds, canals or ditches in your own place of residence, is the advice.

Meanwhile, the Ice Master app caters for a great need. The app, where skating enthusiasts keep each other informed about suitable skating locations and the condition of the ice, has been downloaded about 60,000 times in just a week. The corresponding website attracted an average of thousand visitors per second on Friday.

Looks like theres only a few nice skating days left and then its gonna thaw. This explains to a large extent the expected arrival on Saturdays and Sundays.