TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa's 13th annual Winterfest is being held inside the BOK Center for the 2020 holiday season.
Officials said, although taking the ice skating festivities inside might seem counter-intuitive with the coronavirus pandemic still impacting the nation, the state and the city, "the event organizers have placed a heavy focus on the health and safety of its guests so they'll be able to safely experience the magic of the holiday season! In fact, the venue’s ice capacity will be over 8,000 square feet larger than the ice capacity on Third Street. This social distancing advantage is just one of many that the event organizers deemed imperative to keep Winterfest guests safe."
Tickets for ice skating and the event go on sale, November 16th at 10 a.m. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets
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Winterfest 2020 begins on Saturday, November 21 with the opening ceremony, "Share the Light" from 5p.m. to 8 p.m.
Guests who are interested in attending Winterfest, but are not interested in ice skating, can enter free of charge, as long as the venue's capacity restriction allows room. Guests can enjoy the free entertainment each Saturday until Christmas Eve inside the BOK Center from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Below are some of the health protocols being implemented for Winterfest 2020:
- An online ticket reservation system, which will be used to help with social distancing. Guests will need to go online to www.tulsawinterfest.com to reserve a date/time to skate. Each reservation allows the skater 75 minutes of ice time once their ticket is scanned.
- BOK Center’s public capacity will be drastically capped at a socially responsible percentage in line with the Tulsa Health Department and Center for Disease Control’s recommendations.
- No cash or checks will be accepted this season.
- Everyone, 10 and older, is required to wear a face covering at all times while inside the venue, which mirrors Tulsa’s citywide mandate.
- All staff members will be temperature screened prior to entering BOK Center.
- All staff members will be required to wear face masks inside BOK Center, along with any other personal protective equipment necessary dependent upon job function.
- Social distancing is promoted to the best extent possible in all areas. When social distancing cannot be achieved, steps will be taken to install physical barriers.
- Ample hand sanitizing stations are placed throughout the facility. High touch point areas (such as door handles, elevator buttons, toilets and sinks) are treated with continuous and enhanced cleaning along with all occupied spaces.
- ASM Tulsa staff has been trained and will be actively utilizing new methods of sanitation, wiping down surfaces after use, frequent hand washing, changing out masks regularly, etc.
- Throughout the venue, signage related to physical distancing, avoiding touching one's face, wearing a face covering and signage encouraging frequently sanitizing and washing hands can be found.
- Safety barriers at all food & beverage points of sale inside the venue.
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