MISSOULA — Missoula County's new COVID-19 restrictions are bringing some immediate changes as Glacier Ice Rink heads into its busiest time of the year.
Gatherings must now be limited to 25 or less, which impacts the upcoming hockey season.
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The in-house and travel youth hockey seasons were slated to start within the next two weeks, but that is now on hold.
A new practice schedule is being adjusted, which will break the players into smaller pods.
Glacier Ice Rink executive director Laura Henning told MTN News that when it comes to public skating sessions, the new restrictions aren’t necessarily a bad thing.
"This time of year, a lot of community members come and they skate here, so we can offer more public skating sessions and just stick to the 25 people and under,” she explained.
“So, that’s actually going to make it a nicer experience -- that it’s not going to be crowded for those skates. I think the things it really impacts are our hockey programs and figuring out how to make that work,” Henning added.
Henning says they will spend the next few days coming up with a revised schedule to accommodate ice time for all activities.