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By Mike Hazlip–
Sunrise Rollerland, the nearly 50-year-old roller skating rink near Sunrise Mall, opened June 14, nearly three months since COVID-19 stay-at-home orders took effect.
While similar facilities such as bars and gyms have been given the go-ahead to reopen by county officials, social media posts by Sunrise Rollerland show the family owned business was initially left wondering when the rink would be allowed to reopen.
“Anyone want to help out and implore the Politicians to re-open Roller skating rinks in California,” owner Ken Neutz said in a statement on social media last week. “They are opening all over the country, but not here. Nobody in charge will give us a date.”
A previous post on June 6 announced a tentative reopening date of June 12, but was soon deleted by the business.
Neutz asked his patrons on social media to help by contacting Gov. Gavin Newsom, California Department of Public Health, Assemblymember Ken Cooley, Senator Jim Nielsen, and Citrus Heights Mayor Jeff Slowey. He listed email addresses for each official.
“Gyms are not safer than a skating rink,” he said. “Gyms, bars and wineries have lobbyists, we have you… our skating family.”
The roller rink later announced the following day they would be reopening June 14 at noon, with a limit of 100 customers in the building per session, along with other safety guidelines in place.
On June 12, Sacramento County issued an amended public health order to relax restrictions for more businesses to reopen. The announcement said the state approved Sacramento County’s Variance Attestation May 20.
The variance lists bars and wineries, hotels, campgrounds, gyms and fitness facilities, pools, museums, movie theaters, and casinos are now allowed to reopen. Businesses must have a policy for face coverings, and follow social distancing guidelines.
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