THERE WILL be no ice rink at the Royal Pavilion this year due to the “escalating number” of Coronavirus cases.  

The popular festive attraction was expected to open on Friday, November 7.  

But Brighton Museums, the organisation responsible for the Royal Pavilion, have cancelled the event due to Covid-19.  

The Argus:

The news was announced in a statement on the Royal Pavilion ice rink website.  

It said: “Following discussions with the city council, and in light of the escalating number of positive Covid-19 cases that we are seeing locally and nationally, the Royal Pavilion ice rink will not be opening for its Christmas 2020/21 season as planned on November 7th.  

“This has been a difficult decision since the rink is one of the region’s best-loved winter attractions but in light of the worsening infection rates in the City, along with the Council and the Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust, we have agreed this is the safest course of action.” 

Last year, construction work began in mid-October, with visitors able to enjoy the 2880 square-foot rink right through to the end of the festive period in January.  

Skaters will also miss out on the rink-side bar and kitchen, which usually offers seasonal snacks, mulled wine and craft ale.

The Argus:

The news comes after residents in Brighton and Hove were sent an update as the government announced its new three-tier Coronavirus system. 

The message was sent via the NHS Test and Trace app to say the alert level is now “medium risk.” 

This is tier-one, the lowest tier of the government’s new system.  

This means no additional lockdown restrictions have been announced in the area, but residents are still expected to adhere to the rule of six. 

In 2019 The Royal Pavilion ice rink celebrated its 10th anniversary.