The Church of 8 Wheels has been resurrected.
San Francisco skating enthusiasts can once again boogie beneath the stained glass of the abandoned church-turned-roller disco beginning this Saturday. The Church of 8 Wheels will reopen at 25% capacity, which translates to 37 skaters in its 6,000-square-foot rink, according to David Miles Jr.
“I’m looking forward to seeing that joy on other people’s faces that we’re used to, but I am kind of anxious about it,” said Miles, who’s overseen outdoor roller disco events at Skatin’ Place in Golden Gate Park for decades, and has long been touted as the Godfather of Skate. “The last thing I want to see are the words ‘panic at the disco, coronavirus running wild’ in some headline. I want to be an example of how San Francisco does it right.”
As the only indoor skating rink in San Francisco, the Church of 8 Wheels doesn’t appear to fall under any specific category in the city’s reopening plan. It’s technically no longer a church, though places of worship have been permitted to reopen at a 25% capacity or up to 100 people. Late last week, indoor gyms and fitness centers were also given the green light to reopen at a reduced capacity.
However, further progress with the city’s reopening plan was stalled because of a 25% increase in coronavirus case rates, Mayor London Breed and Director of Public Health Dr. Grant Colfax announced last Friday. New guidance would have expanded the capacity of indoor activities to 50%.
As far as he knows, Miles is following the correct guidelines.