Skate Canada not allowing fans at figure skating nationals due to COVID-19 concerns

With the escalating situation surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, Skate Canada announced a few adjustments to the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships taking place in Ottawa from Jan. 6-13, 2022.

Gala scheduled for Jan. 9 cancelled, among other changes

The Canadian Tire National Skating Championships will no longer have live audiences, Skate Canada announced Thursday in a statement. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/The Associated Press)

With the escalating situation surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, Skate Canada announced a few adjustments to the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships taking place in Ottawa from Jan. 6-13, 2022.

The organization won't allow any live audiences at the event, with fans set to receive refunds, and cancelled the gala scheduled for the final day of the meet.

 All media access will now be virtual, while the novice event was postponed.

The senior event will run as scheduled, while the junior event will run with changes to the planned schedule set to be made where necessary.

"The health and safety of all participants in the Championships is of paramount importance," Skate Canada President Karen Butcher, and CEO Debra Armstrong said in a joint statement.

"We understand this is disappointing for our fans and stakeholders. However, our priority is to preserve the competitions necessary for the selection of teams for the Olympic Winter Games and ISU Championship events."

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