The Oval was originally set to open Dec 20, but weather and COVID restrictions have caused delays.

UPDATED: Emera Oval announces opening date of Dec 27

Grab your thickest socks and lace up tight to skate some laps.

Halifax’s Emera Oval is was supposed to open for the 2021-22 season on Monday December 20, with the first official skate at 10am.

However, due to "ice conditions," the December 20 and 21 skates were cancelled on Monday, with the first official skate being rescheduled for Dec 22 at 10am.

But now, thanks to a jump in COVID cases and increased gathering restrictions, the Oval won't officially open until December 27.

At first, it was going to close until January 12 (when provincial restrictions potentially loosen again), but "following confirmation of capacity limits from the province," HRM confirmed the new date on Wednesday morning.

This year, proof of vaccination is required for anyone over 12 years of age to be permitted to skate, along with ID. Masks are required inside the building and on the ice—and due to COVID-19 the red skate aids aren’t available this year, but you can bring your own.

As always, skates and helmets (helmets are mandatory for children under 12) are free to rent for anyone with a photo ID. Last year, pre-booking was required, but this year anyone can show up at any open skate time. However, the maximum number of people will be capped at 230 per skate, on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The Oval will have several public skates daily until March 20, 2022, including public skates on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For more information on skate times, visit

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Victoria Walton

Once a freelancer, Victoria has been a full-time reporter with The Coast since April 2020, covering everything from COVID-19 to small business to politics and social justice. Originally from the Annapolis Valley, she graduated from the University of King’s College School of Journalism in 2017.

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