Recreation

Student Life’s Recreational Sports is preparing to offer recreational spaces for use in for autumn semester. In addition to all available federal, state, local and university guidelines, Student Life Recreational Sports will also follow the guidance of national sports governing bodies to re-open recreation facilities. The indoor facilities will be open with a focus on cardio and strength experiences, individual activity and programming that can be offered with physical distancing practices in place.

Operations

The following facility changes will be made to promote physical distancing:

  • Physical distancing and facility capacity:
    • Fitness equipment will be distanced at least six feet apart following state guidelines.
    • Six to 10 feet of physical distance will be maintained in all activity spaces. 
    • Facility occupancy will be limited. Hours and availability may be limited.  
  • Shared equipment will be limited and available for checkout. Users may bring their own equipment for personal use.
  • Space closures 
    • Some sport activity spaces (courts, turf fields, etc.) will be repurposed to house cardio or strength equipment. 
    • Lounge/meeting room spaces (Nike Lounge, Member Lounge, Meeting Rooms) will remain closed except for approved reservations. A few common areas will offer limited seating.

Cleaning expectations

Recreational sports will follow cleaning and disinfection guidelines outlined in the facilities section in addition to the following:

  • Staff in facilities will be stationed in areas to clean equipment and other high touch spaces regularly throughout the day. All spaces will also be cleaned and disinfected nightly.
  • Cleaning supplies will be available to patrons and will be encouraged to be used on equipment pre-and post-workout.

Activities, programs and services

The following will be permitted with physical distancing guidelines in place:

  • Activities with limited or no physical contact, such as cardio, strength training, running, jogging, walking, swimming, table tennis, pickle ball, bouldering, tennis and badminton.
  • Use of court or turf space for individual users
  • Group fitness classes
    • Available virtually, by reservation or drop-in. Capacity will be limited to promote physical distancing.
  • Personal training services
  • Tennis courts

The following will not be permitted until allowed by state and university guidance:

  • Activities with high contact or in confined spaces (e.g., basketball, racquetball, squash, soccer)
  • Outdoor basketball and volleyball
  • Sauna and spa

Intramural and sport clubs: Intramural Sports will continue to run virtual programs and phase in individual and group programs as guidance allows. Recreational Sports will work with each sport club to determine appropriate standards on a general schedule to return to practice and compete.

Outdoor trips/programming: Outdoor Adventure Center will continue to run virtual programs. Trips will only resume when university travel restrictions are lifted.

Additional services:

  • Day lockers will be limited and operated with physical distancing in place.
  • Individuals with locker rentals at RPAC will have access to lockers, and should be used with appropriate physical distancing in place.
  • Lost and found will not operate during the autumn 2020 semester except for high value items such as credit cards and phones. 
  • The RPAC Kids Zone will not be open at the beginning of autumn semester, but may be re-open using a phased approach during the semester following all federal, state, local and university guidelines.

Personal safety expectations 

Face masks for Recreational Sports users will be required in common spaces. Users are encouraged to discuss whether face mask use is advisable during exercise with their physician. If a weight room user needs a spotter within six feet during a lift, both the user and spotter will be required to wear a face mask.


Please reference this website for the most up-to-date guidelines. The university’s COVID-19 Transition Task Force’s Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory Subgroup will continue monitoring changing conditions and consult with local and state health authorities. Recommendations and requirements will be refined as needed.