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COVID-19: Synchro skating stopped in Quebec until the end of the month


Nova Senior last January in Sweden. (Credits: Ice Galaxy - 2020)

Team sports, competitions, and all organized activities are suspended from October 8 until October 28 in the Quebec province in Canada. After the first lockdown this spring, the synchro teams are, therefore, once again kept away from the ice and their training.

New restrictions on the practice of ice skating have been announced in Quebec (CAN), a province that counts many synchronized skating teams.
"Only activities carried out in free practice will be allowed on an individual basis or in pairs" [pers. translation] the statement said. Sports facilities may remain open; however, the two-meter distance must be respected at all times. These new measures apply to the red zones of the province.

Quebec skaters were able to resume practices on the ice at the end of June and have been training so far by respecting social distancing.

Some synchro teams had also deployed very good ideas (such as fly swatters and massage rollers) during their practice on ice to overcome the inability to hold each other. In addition, synchro skaters had widely adopted the mask.

"We understand the great disappointment in the skating community today following all the efforts made by the volunteers, the coaches as well as the skaters and their parents for a safe recovery," [pers. translation] said Patinage Québec.

"We are convinced that our members will adhere to the 28-day challenge to break the wave of the virus spreading quickly to return to the ice. Following this 28-day challenge, the situation will be reassessed regarding the restrictions imposed", continued the federation.

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Over the past 24 hours, the latest data on the evolution of COVID-19 in Quebec reveals 900 new cases, bringing the total number of people infected to 81,914. Quebec is the province most affected by the virus, followed by Ontario (55 K confirmed cases) and Alberta (19 K).

Montreal has the majority of COVID cases, Quebec City has the second-highest number of confirmed cases in recent days, and Montérégie is in third place among the affected regions, local media explained.