Nov 22, 2020
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Ice skating (with masks) returns to the Rockefeller Center for the holidays
The Associated Press
NEW YORK – The Rockefeller Center ice-skating rink is opening in a limited way but on time for the holidays.
The iconic, sunken rink in midtown Manhattan is welcoming skaters this weekend as part of a tradition dating to the 1930s, according to the Rockefeller Center website.
The rink is operating at reduced capacity, with skate time limited to 50 minutes. Masks are required as a further pandemic safety measure.
The website says there's legend that the rink was inspired by "a Depression-era skate salesman who demonstrated his product by skating on the frozen water of the Rockefeller Center fountain."
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People ice skate as The Rink at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan opens for the season on Nov. 21, 2020, with limited capacity and mandatory face masks, safety precautions related to the coronavirus pandemic.
It officially opened as a "skating pond" on Christmas Day 1936. It was supposed to be temporary but became so popular it became a permanent fixture for the holiday season.
Another seasonal fixture, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, went up last weekend and will be lighted Dec. 2.
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