Student Life’s Recreational Sports is open to the campus community. In addition to all available federal, state, local and university guidelines, Student Life Recreational Sports follows guidance of national sports governing bodies to ensure physical distancing practices and other safety protocols are in place. 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.

Daily Health Check

Beginning January 11, anyone accessing the recreation facilities, including for academic classes, will need to show a green status from their Daily Health Report to proceed through the access control point at all recreation facilities. 

Students who do not have a smart device can visit the RPAC Welcome Center or facility front desk to complete the health check on an iPad, which will include a temperature check before entry to the facility is allowed. 

Please note that as of Sunday, January 31, students’ Daily Health Report status will also take testing compliance into account. Students who do not complete their weekly testing will have a red passport until the next time a test is completed. This will not impact health report status for students who have an approved testing exemption on file.

This is an additional way we can continue to promote health and safety and fight the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  


The following facility changes have been made to promote physical distancing:

  • Physical distancing and facility capacity:
    • Fitness equipment is distanced at least six feet apart following state guidelines.
    • Six to 10 feet of physical distance is maintained in all activity spaces. 
    • Facility occupancy is limited.
  • Shared equipment is limited and available for checkout. Users may bring their own equipment for personal use.
  • Space closures 
    • Some sport activity spaces (courts, turf fields, etc.) have been 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 offer limited seating.

Cleaning expectations

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

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

Activities, programs and services

The following is 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
  • Tennis courts

Additional services:

  • Day lockers are limited and operated with physical distancing in place.
  • Individuals with locker rentals at RPAC have access to lockers, and they 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.

Frequently asked questions

Visit the Student Life website for additional FAQs related to the RPAC and Recreational Sports at Ohio State.

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.