Please follow the directives of your own university and any other governing bodies to which you are beholden. Thank you for contributing.
Organized now by these categories (you have to click on the section you want to go to, then click again to go to the section)
Schools Re-Started and Links
Virtual Programming Ideas
Rec Center Closure Pay
Remote Student Work Ideas
Recreation Center Facilities Currently Open List
List of Rec Centers Closed
Individual School Updates
If you are UPDATING please make your edits and close out and go to the updated version: updated published (every 5 minutes) document
List of School Web-sites that have re-opened
As of 6/11/20 (Provided by Rowan Campus Rec) - Thanks to Kevin George
Arkansas State - https://www.usca.edu/campus-recreation-and-wellness
University of Central Arkansas - https://uca.edu/campusrecreation/
Colorado Mesa University - https://www.coloradomesa.edu/rec-center/reopening.html
Dordt University - https://services.dordt.edu/files/news/files/Dordt%20University%20Rec%20Center%20Reopen%20Strategy%20and%20Action%20Plan.pdf
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - https://news.erau.edu/headlines/prescott-campus-to-reopen-recreational-facilities
University of Florida - https://recsports.ufl.edu/locations/southwest-recreation-center/
University of Idaho - https://www.uidaho.edu/current-students/recwell/src-reopen?utm_source=University+of+Idaho&utm_campaign=a3173100b4-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_17_10_25_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4153a2eec5-a3173100b4-86792273
Idaho State University - https://recsports.ufl.edu/locations/southwest-recreation-center/
Jacksonville State University - http://www.jsu.edu/urec/covid-19-reopen-plan.html
Louisiana Tech - https://www.latech.edu/2020/06/03/lambright-scheduled-to-reopen-june-15/
University of Louisville - https://louisville.edu/intramurals/facilities/src
Marshall University - https://www.marshall.edu/campusrec/rec-center-updates-and-closures-covid-19/
Medical University of South Carolina - https://web.musc.edu/-/sm/enterprise/resources/health-and-wellness/wellness-center/f/member-master-reopening-document.ashx
Mississippi State - https://www.urec.msstate.edu/
University of Montana - http://www.umt.edu/crec/
Montana State University - http://www.montana.edu/getfit/reopening_information.html
University of Nebraska - https://crec.unl.edu/covid
Northwest Iowa Community College - https://nwicc.edu/llrc/
Ole Miss - https://campusrec.olemiss.edu/southcampusrecreationcenter/
Oregon State - https://recsports.oregonstate.edu/covid-19-reopening
Shepherd University - http://shepherdwellness.com/
University of South Carolina - Aiken - https://www.usca.edu/campus-recreation-and-wellness
South Dakota State University - https://www.sdstate.edu/wellness-center/wellness-center-covid-19-response-updates
Texas A&M - https://recsports.tamu.edu/coronavirus/
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi - https://recsports.tamucc.edu/reopeningprotocols_may.22.pdf
Texas A&M Kingsville - https://recsports.tamuk.edu/Feeds/FeedDetails?feed=9ec7255d-c3fd-41e3-996b-1719d0087e2f
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - https://www.utrgv.edu/urec/index.htm
Texas Tech - https://www.depts.ttu.edu/recsports/comittment.php
Weber State University - weber.edu/campusrecreation
Campus Rec Articles regarding reopening::
UNLV “Reopening Rec Centers: Staff Safety, Outdoor Programs and Aquatics” - Campus Rec Magazine 5/22
Dixie State University’s Open Guidelines and Signage - Campus Rec Magazine 5/27
NIRSA, we are now thinking and planning for reopening our facilities, services, and programs. Please share resources and comments on how your institutions and departments are planning to reopen to ensure there is a considerable period for planning and development and upon return, our students, staff, and patrons are safe and don’t become even more stressed. Please add your comments under the appropriate sections:
Education Resources and Emerging State Requirements
Staff: training, scheduling, and care-taking
- What are some topics for training that we should be discussing for FT/PT staff?
- Bias related issues
- QPR - Suicide prevention
- Mental Health First Aid
- How do we train our staffs and keep them safe
- Are there any best practices/changes to CPR?
Facilities and Operations
- Phasing Intentionally - starting conservative and slowly opening more
- Communicating the plans with members/guests
- Redrawing floor plans for social distancing
- Book 30/45 minute slots in advance
- Wait outside prior to slot starting
- No shared equipment
- No equipment checkout
- Allow them to bring their own equipment
- Limit access to swimmers?
- Headcounts on the website - Show or take down?
- Would doors need to be propped open for air circulation?
- Post Directional signs
- flow of “traffic” in only one direction to avoid people passing by one another
- Remove Basketball hoop during this time
- Close off picnic tables and benches
- Personal belongings
- Minimize the amount of personal belongings that people have and keep a 6ft distance from other personal belongings.
- Cleaning out of any long or short-term lockers
- “Honored citizen times” (elderly/at risk patrons)
- Increase ventilation from outside as recommended by CDC
- Dedicated Studio for Older Adults, people with compromised immunity, and pre-existing conditions
- Limit number of people in room
- No shared equipment, everyone has own station mi
- Limit number of people in room based on local guidance
- Caution tape on every other cardio machine to enforce spacing
- Remove shared mats, possibly all mats and repurpose area for selectorized equipment
- No “working in” on equipment. Finish sets and wipe off equipment.
- Stanchions around selectorized equipment, only a certain amount of people at a time, finish sets and wipe thoroughly
- Remove several benches and bikes to enforce spacing
- Participants take 2-3 sets of dumbbells to bench, do all sets, wipe and return
- Floor tape to visualize proper social distancing (6-13ft circumference circles)
- Consider moving cardio equipment that does not require power to the basketball courts (take one court offline and use it as a cardio space).
- Check dwell time on the current cleaner and consider changing the product to something that kills bacteria instantly.
- Concern: Are proper cleaning supplies going to be available for purchase and keeping in stock to maintain an acceptable level of cleanliness (in all areas and programs)?
- What steps are you going to take? I think the grocery store model has been insightful; e.g. masks for staff, temperature checks before entry, clear shields on check-out counters, etc (TAMUK - IRB).
- Interested in which way people are leaning with this debate. Hearing some conversations about legislation requiring single-use wipes.
- Temperature checks
- Mandatory masks
- Where would you purchase these from?
- 1 person per hoop in basketball courts
- No shared ball between patrons
- Listing of what sports/activities can be played displayed on a sign?
- Consider discontinuing checkout of equipment until further notice.
The Climbing wall use would adhere to the recommendations and guidelines for use and disinfecting from the Climbing Wall Association (CWA); some consideration is given to when to re-open the wall, which may be determined by the CWA.
Auto Belay Cleaning Recommendations Protecting and Disinfecting Devices: TruBlue/Headrush White Paper
Trips / clinics would need to be evaluated for capacity / equipment volume to appropriately accommodate social distancing without completing minimizing the experience.
Cancelling of all group travel until social distancing is removed
Weighing risk of trip participants meeting at trip/clinic location
Rental / retail operations could resume, with appropriate distancing.
Proper cleaning of equipment between use - soft vs. hard goods
Book 30 minute swim slots in advance with Acuity
- Wait outside prior to slot starting
Limit to one person per lane
- This would mean only 17 people in the pool at a time.
- 19 if you have 2 in the shallow end.
No shared equipment
No equipment checkout
- Allow them to bring their own equipment
Lessons - thanks UCSD
- Eliminating all group lessons and only hosting private lessons
- Eliminating close contact between instructor and student: this means that we will only be offering private lessons to children in Learn to Swim 3 and higher (according to our class descriptions, level 3 means the kids are independent swimmers and our instructors teach from out of the water thus eliminating the need for the instructor to hold on to or be close to the child).
- Eliminate use of shared class toys/props/equipment and sell those items on site for personal purchase and use (we are still evaluating this as our pool is chlorinated so this may be a non-issue. We may just do it to make parents feel more comfortable).
- Ensuring we are monitoring for and maintaining capacity and social distancing on the pool deck, locker rooms and restrooms
- Ensuring all instructors wear face masks and gloves
- Ensure we have stocked proper PPE recommended by the AHA for revised COVID-19 CPR and First Aid procedures and ensure our staff are trained on those revised procedures
- Ensure parents/guardians know social distancing requirements and that we recommend they also wear face masks and gloves while they are in our facility
- Ensure parents/guardians understand that they must maintain social distancing from the instructor and that if they have a question, they can address it to the instructor after class from 6 feet away or via email. We are working on finding a large open yet private space should a conversation need to be more private but we are going to encourage email or phone communications as primary. *We are planning to allow extra time at the end of each instructor's shift to make calls or emails as needed so parents feel that personal touch and that we are available.
- Mandatory virtual In-Services ½ of the time & get in the water but one per lane the other ½?
- On shift training without contact
- Rescue dummies (would need to order full body size one)
- CPR on dummies
- Written Tests
- Continue on shift assignments
- Instructor props open door before class for participants entering, closes door after class begins
- Before each class, distribute wet wipes to participants to ensure they wipe down equipment as needed before starting
- Alert building staff supervisor when supplies (wet wipes, spray disinfectant, paper towels) run low
- Limit the class size to ensure at least 5-6 feet between participants
- No partner exercises; avoid all contact between participants
- Avoid the use of shared equipment during class, and limit props/equipment use when possible (i.e. prioritize bodyweight movements)
- Instructor props open door at the end of class, and leaves open for future classes/patrons
- Personal Training Studio door propped open at all times when supervised (closed & locked when unsupervised)
- Wipe down all equipment before and after every use, and/or remind participants to wipe equipment when finished
- Alert direct supervisor when supplies (wet wipes, spray disinfectant, paper towels) run low
- Maintaining social distancing at all times
- • Children should remain in groups as small as possible not to exceed ratio and capacity requirements in the charts below.
• It is important to keep the same children and teacher or staff with each group and include children from the same family in the same group, to the greatest extent possible
• Extend the indoor environment to outdoors, and bring the class outside, weather permitting
• Open windows to ventilate facilities before and after children arrive; Arrange developmentally appropriate activities for smaller group activities and rearrange furniture and play spaces to maintain 6-feet separation, when possible
• Find creative ways to use yarn, masking tape, or other materials for children to create their own space
- • Ask caregivers and parents to meet at the facility entryway for pick-up and drop-off of children whenever possible
• Explain to parents and caregivers that all visits should be as brief as possible
• Ask parents or caregivers to enter and exit the room one person at a time to allow for social and physical distancing
• Ask parents and caregivers to wash their own hands and assist in washing the hands of their children before drop off, prior to coming for pick up, and when they get home
• Ask parents and caregivers to bring their own pens when signing children in and out
• Install hand sanitizers, out of the reach of children, near all entry doors and other high traffic areas
• Require sick campers and staff to stay home. If anyone has a temperature of 100.4°F/38°C or higher or they are coughing excessively they must be excluded from the facility within one hour of parent/guardian notification
• Caregiver must also notify staff if children have taken any fever reducing medications in the prior 24 hours
• If staff or a child exhibit signs of illness, follow the facility procedures for isolation from the general room population and notify the caregiver immediately to pick up the child
- Touchless card swipes
- Plastic shields
- Six foot distance
- Consideration that all staff with high touch / interaction (equipment room monitors, custodial staff, fitness equipment cleaning, towels, Member Services) wear gloves and masks
- Increased staffing presence throughout facilities
- Avoid overstaffing, particularly in areas where staff are generally seated close to one another (membership, equipment room attendants)
- Consider temperature checks for all staff on a daily basis upon arriving to work
- Consider masks required of all staff
- Continued virtual program, do not offer group activities
- Phase in programming, ie
- 2v2 volleyball
- 3v3 basketball
· Key concepts:
o Ready the Building for occupancy
o Time to put extra safety measures in place – walk through audits
o Staff Safety
o Member Safety
o Cleaning Changes/alterations
o Inspections, repairs
o Ability to Find Supplies: sanitizer, wipes, gloves, masks
o Egress Point Alterations
o Reimagining Spaces – Careful! Basketball courts are expensive.
o Water fountains, Lounge Spaces, other “Common” area changes
· Key Concepts:
o Anxiety of staff
o Work from Home/Childcare challenges
o HR Policies
o Altering job descriptions
o Hiring student staff – time, paperwork, training
o Safety / Social Distancing / Testing
o Training in Customer Service, New Procedures, New Duties & Expectations
o Schedule modifications –
§ staggering arrival / departure times to avoid timeclock crowds
§ alternate work schedules
o Wellness Checks
· Key Concepts
o Clear Communication Before reopening
o New Policies and Procedures
o Membership reinstitution options
o Guest / Visitor Policies
o Feedback/Concerns method and response time
o Sign-ups with No-Shows, or wait time?
· Key Concepts:
o Social Distancing
o Participation Limits
o Grand Reopening: Celebrate!
o Continuing to Expand Virtual Programming
(potential fees for distance learning students)
o Skills Clinics
o Private vs. Group Offerings
o Lessons at certain levels and above
o Different Sports Offerings: Disc Golf, Tennis, Archery…
o Which Equipment should be rented?
o Which equipment should be used? (Spotters do not meet social distancing)
· Key Concepts
o Work Stations: 6 foot protocols
o Tables / Sneeze guards in front of service stations
o Space Utilization throughout the facility
o Redesigning of spaces
o Reducing capacity
o Single Occupancy for Small Spaces
o Directional Signs for Foot Traffic / Traffic Patterns
o Spots for waiting lines
Cleaning Plans/Reducing Touch Points
· Key Concepts
o Modification of Cleaning Practices – more frequent in high touch areas
o Which doors can be propped?
o Automatic lights?
o Clean Desk Policies for all workstations to allow for cleaning
o Cleaning / adjusting designated storage areas for personal items (plastic bins for on the pool deck instead of locker room use, requesting patrons leave items in cars/at home)
o Touch Screens
· Combine with other areas on campus on large quantity orders?
· Ensure extra supplies without hoarding
· Extra Pens
· Sneeze Guards
· Key Concepts
o Ensure alignment with administration, local health regulations
o Member feedback system – concerns addressed timely
o Clear employee expectations
o Clear member expectations
o Strategy for correcting behaviors
Virtual Programming Ideas
- Eastern Kentucky University has shifted to an all online platform for all departments including (Fitness, Health Promotion, Adventure Programs and Intramurals). You can view our resources here https://campusrec.eku.edu/campusrecconnect (Checkout our #’s). We have provided our Personal Training clients with at home workouts, we have a live group fitness class through Facebook, workouts each day with videos, Outdoor resources, at home recipes, opportunity to win IM championship shirts through Esports or during #throwdownthursday. Currently, the majority of our information can be found on Instagram and other social media platforms, but we are seeing great return from our users. We hope that you and your school will join in by participating in #CampusRecConnect to help us all engage our students across the nation. Even though your students are attending another institution doesn’t mean that we all can’t provide great material for them across the board to help us all reach a wider range of students.
- Salem State University is currently engaging our community through social media by posting live and video content. Each Sunday we will release a “week at a glance” news item sent to all of our students, fitness center members and the campus community about upcoming offerings. As our office also oversees Campus Life programming, we are working on a variety of engagement opportunities. Between now and the end of the semester (May 1), examples of what we will offer include:
- Weekly group exercise classes (live and recorded)
- Virtual Caricatures
- Virtual Paint Nite
- Mini facials - live video
- Social Media Talent Show
- Weekly fitness challenge/virtual 5k and/or marathon
- Virtual museum tours
- Promotion of billboard live concerts
- Promotion of live, local events
- Offer DIY kits from local companies (make your own signs and/or cookie decorating)
- Healthy snack demo
- WOD options created internally or shared
- Share local bike/walking/hiking routes
- Resource sharing such as:
o Down Dog Apps
o Yoga Journal
o ACSM Staying Physically Active
- From Amber Kavehkar-University of the Pacific Recreation, Asst Director 3/20/20:
Do you have interest in NIRSA providing a centralized place for shared resources that individual schools can point to:
- Stanford launched a Virtual Recreation and Wellness page that shares what we are doing + our campus colleagues’ work. It also serves as a hub for other campus resources for both students and faculty/staff
- Springfield College created a resource page with all unit programming within Student Affairs
- Southern Oregon University launched a Virtual Wellness page including a mix of local/other resources.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a new Virtual Programming page
Group Fitness/Personal Training/Small Group Training
- Rob Cornetta-- posted on NIRSA Discussion
- Springfield College is offering Zoom and Youtube group fitness and small group training.
- University of Kentucky Campus Recreation and Wellness
Koru is an evidence-based program specifically designed with college students in mind to help in the reduction of stress and anxiety while also increasing one's sleep and self compassion. Participants will learn specific skills that help calm and focus their mind, including breathing exercises, guided imagery, body scan, and more!
Make a Zoom appointment with a Wellness Coach.
Fitness Related Ideas
Checkout out: https://campusrec.eku.edu/virtual-fitness (we have live classes on facebook, personal training materials and some at home resources.) use #CampusRecConnect to help your students get all the information for all recreation centers.
Steven Trotter from East Carolina:
- At home workout classes through Zoom, FB Live, or IGTV
- Departments are partnering and advertising the free workouts from:
- Les Mills On Demand - over 95 workouts across 8 categories
- Down Dog Yoga App - Free until April 1
- Peloton App with workouts is free for 90 days
- Personal Trainers are conducting training sessions via Zoom, Trainerize, MyPTHub
- Small Group Coaches are hosting online accountability groups
- Training courses for CPT, GFI, Certified Health Coach is moving online and offered through Canvas, Blackboard, etc
- CEC Workshops are being held virtually for staff
...and yes, student employees are being paid for their time in creating and engaging in this content in a remote setting.
- Butler University - Today (3/23/20) we begin offering Instagram Live group fitness classes. Follow @bu.fitness
- started an interesting conversation about Diversity in the Fitness videos:
- Eli Barrett from Colgate:
- Angie Tinsie from True responded:
- We wrapped up an employee wellness program with 172 employees on March 23. We are continuing outreach to these employees on healthy aspects of nutrition, working out at home, and virtual community.
Washtenaw Community College, Matthew Lucas, Supervisor of Sports
Sports Movies Bracket Challenge. Figured would be a good way to incorporate the March Madness feeling during this time. We created a bracket with random sports movies, and for each round, we are having people submit their picks through a google form. The movies with the most votes will win and move on in the tournament. We'll also track those who started from the 1st round and whomever has the most correct picks, we will try to get them some sort of prize.
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rocket League...er...league, as a remote option for our IM gamers.
- Springfield College did a trial of e-sport tournament with Madden, FIFA, and NHL that started 3/23. The games are self reported back to the department and the bracket is updated. Participants were asked to provide suggestions for future tournaments.
Outdoor Adventures/Rock Wall
- The University of Mississippi statement:
Social Distancing Outdoors
This is a wonderful time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. To safely enjoy activities in nature, be sure to maintain at least 6 feet between you and other people and minimize touching surfaces that are frequented by others, including rails, trash receptacles, signs, etc. Bring disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer with you everywhere you go so you can wipe down surfaces you do have to touch. Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds after recreating. For safety reasons, it is still advised to enjoy outdoor activities with a family member or friend (6 feet away, of course) and to continue to be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Social distancing practices should be followed during all outdoor activities. The virus spreads mainly from person-to-person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of nearby people. Therefore, it is recommended to give each person a wide berth even when recreating outdoors. The Leave No Trace website also offers trips and guidelines about safely exploring outside: https://lnt.org/the-leave-no-trace-recommendations-for-getting-outside-amidst-covid-19/
Rec Center Closure Pay
- Ian Brown from Texas A&M-Kingsville is re-working on how his data is displaying for paying students and closures. Please contribute by filling out this Google Form to coalesce the data so we can develop rich, quantitative data on the fly.
- Use #CampusRecConnect for all students to be able to see virtual programs from a wide range of universities across the nation
Paid for work projects
Paid to stay home
Closed until further notice
Partial Closure (i.e. programs cancelled, but some/all facilities still opened.
Temporary Full Closure
*Of the roughly 200 institutions with data about closures listed below, this table is only showing results of where data was available about pay. Updated daily as more institutions complete Google Form.
If you close, how you are addressing paying part time hourly staff.
- Stanford - not paying during closure
- Berkeley - will pay from March 16-April 7. Not sure steps after that.
- Berkshire Community College - Work Study is paid. Part-time staff (3 total people) are being given in building maintenance projects and paid for those for now.
- Utah - paying for whole closure (for now)
- CU - paying through spring semester
- SFSU - paying during closure
- UCSF - paying for now
- WSU - no decision yet
- UW - closed all Recreation facilities to patrons, effective 3/16 until further notice. No plan yet to pay hourly employees, we are focused on keeping our permanent staff employed at this time.
- UCLA - no decision yet
- University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) - all FWS and non-FWS are being paid until we return to normal operations. Guidance has been provided by DOE (see link above) to allow FWS to be paid. We applied to all student employees. There are processes and procedures developed.
- University of the Pacific - no decision yet.
- UNC Greensboro - Paying part-time/student staff as previously scheduled until further notice. Students will not work and are encouraged to leave campus, but will continue getting paid.
- University of North Carolina Asheville: Students paid as they would have been scheduled through April 30th as of right now; we are offering remote work for those who are interested, but not required, and students can’t exceed the hours they were initially scheduled to work
- Missouri Baptist University- hourly only paid if demonstrated work is accomplished (on campus or remote); FWS staff not paid while facility is closed (despite DOE saying we can)
- University of Virginia: Meeting with HR on Monday on how we continue to support our part-time student staff
- Salem State University - All faculty, administrators and staff (full-time, part-time and contract) and student workers will be paid their normal rates
- University of Arkansas- academic classes are online for the remainder of the semester. Working on a plan to offer 5 hours a week of paid virtual training for part time staff. (looking for colleagues to brainstorm with-contact Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Colgate University- All PT staff shifts cancelled. Alternative work plans/remote work plans being discussed. All FT staff asked to work from home.
- UIC - closed and sounds like we will be paying everyone. Full-time staff work from home as much as possible and will not have to take benefit time; and GA’s/students will be paid as well.
- Ryerson University: PT staff continue to be paid based on the average number of hours per week they have worked through the semester, until the end of current contracts (April 30). Full time staff continue to be paid and work from hom.
- University of Denver: Paying non-benefited staff through March 29th, 2020 based on scheduled hours. Will evaluate as we progress.
- Northern Illinois University: Creating options for work at home projects and professional development (eg: LinkedIn Learning, NIRSA webinars, etc.) so hourly staff have options to earn hours equivalent to what they were already scheduled for. We’re unable to pay if they aren’t doing “something productive” with the time.
University of North Dakota: All Part Time shifts cancelled and no pay while our Wellness Center is Closed. Pay for approved remote Part Time work if demonstrated work is accomplished under supervision.
- Minnesota State University Moorhead: No decision yet, currently operating on pay for work performed during closure both under supervision and remotely.
- University of West Georgia - No decision yet
- University of Nevada Las Vegas - working on hourly projects for some students that are able to work from home. Unable to pay if they are unable to perform job responsibilities.
- Florida Southern College- No student workers. All Part Time non- students and full time employees will work from home starting Thursday, March 19th.
- Fairmont State University- Finding opportunities for student staff to work in some capacity if they are still local.
- The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (March 25, 2020) - We are closed, but have been working with small teams of students for an overall deep clean, as well as with facility maintenance projects. As of now, we can rotate a schedule through to provide some continuity of pay for our students. This is but a small effort, as the University decides how we are going to handle part time and even full time complete closure pay.
- Sinclair Community College - We are paying at this point. Part Time Staff are deep cleaning the facility room by room.
- University of Oregon - no decision yet
- University of Minnesota Twin Cities-no decision yet. Opportunities may emerge for RecWell student staff to work in Housing and Res Life as willing.
- Xavier University- will be paying student employees 100% of their hourly pay via already published schedule through the remainder of the semester. This was a Xavier wide initiative for all student employees, not just a Department of Recreational Sports initiative. (All students went remote and had to move off campus as of March 12, 2020).
- The College of New Jersey - Student workers in NJ can accumulate sick time by law, so student staff will first be asked to use their accumulated sick time to cover missed shifts. We will then be looking at providing opportunities for at home work, where we can pay for work completed.
- Springfield College - has not made a decision yet.
- Loyola University Chicago- as of 3/18, FTE are working from home and paid as normal, we don’t have GAs, and we are hoping to do at least some sick pay but waiting on confirmation for our part time staff; This semester we instituted Risk Management quizzes and if they are all 3 completed (February/March/April) we can add a half hour to our hourly employee’s time cards.
- University of Pikeville: all FWS/IWS are being paid until we return to normal operations. Using the guidelines that have been provided by DOE to allow students to be paid. Business Office/Student Employment is working to determine the amount.
- Utah State University- All recreational facilities closed. Offering students the opportunity to assist with “summer” maintenance and cleaning. Campus is also hiring as many students as possible in the Facilities Department to assist in cleaning across campus.
- Georgia State University-student staff will be paid for the next two weeks.
- Saint Louis University - FWS student workers are being paid hours they would have worked, non FWS student workers receive a one-time grant to their student account, and other part time staff currently not being paid, unless approved for remote work by immediate supervisor. Full time staff currently working remotely and being paid.
- Westminster College - Salt Lake City - students as well as full time or part time staff who are not able to continue their job due to a number of different reasons can continue to be paid. A form is required to be filled out and staff return the form to HR and student employees form is signed by their supervisor and turned in to the Career Center which is where student employment is housed.
- Duke University - all part-time staff will continue to be paid. All part-time staff will be paid through April 27th the AVERAGE number of weekly hours they’ve worked thus far in the spring semester. Via our system, they are still required to submit their timecard with this averaged amount at the conclusion of the pay period. If they do not submit their timecards electronically, they will not be paid.
- Portland State University - part time student workers are currently not being paid unless they have a specific project they can work on remotely (most do not). Still waiting on direction from the university, the last update reads “We continue to encourage managers to provide remote work wherever possible. We are aggressively evaluating options for student employees unable to work from home and will provide additional information as soon as possible.”
- Loyola Marymount - Will pay students remaining work study stipend. Non-work study students will be paid out based on their “regular” schedule for the Spring semester.
- University of Southern Mississippi - Not paying students during closure
- University of South Alabama--all non-essential hourly student work is suspended. Faculty/staff are to work remotely as much as possible.
- University of MN Duluth- plan emerging to pay students for remainder of semester
- Grand Rapids Community College - We plan to pay student staff and part-time hourly staff the same amount of their regular weekly scheduled shifts for as long as we are closed.
- South Dakota-not paying during closure
- University of Kentucky - assigning projects for student employees that they can work on remotely, or while maintaining social distancing.
- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - We are currently not able to pay our student hourly employees due to state regulations through the UW system. However, we are looking in to whether or not we can do virtual trainings with our student employees through linked in learning. We also got approval for some staff to do work from home (Program assistants and Marketing employees)
- DePaul -- students are getting paid for their regularly scheduled shifts through May 1. Part-time non-students are not getting paid.
- Carroll University- alternative/remote work options for student workers. Focus on students who reach out in response to our communication and also anyone dependent on campus employment earnings for livelihood/necessity.
- The University of Akron - student employees are currently being paid on their regular schedule. Working on developing “meaningful work” and online training as well as online hiring for summer positions. Working on student personal trainer videos and Pink Gloves Boxing online classes, All UA recreation facilities are closed indefinitely.
- Virginia Commonwealth University- students (work study and student workers) will be paid through May 9 (for an average number of hours they worked January-March each week); students are allowed to volunteer to assist with projects at this time, but cannot be asked to work
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - paying student staff through May 15
- Binghamton University (SUNY) - We are currently paying our part-time student staff until “further notice”, per our HR office. We are paying them an average amount, based on their average hours worked from 2/20/2020 - 3/18/2020 (two pay periods, per New York State).
Remote Student Work Ideas
As facilities and programs are closed and suspended many of us are thinking about continuing our operational goals, while also supporting students financially. Please list your institution and what remote work for part-time and student employees looks like on your campus.
- Ohio State University - still assessing what students want to continue work at this time as we have not continued paying “regularly scheduled” hours. We have suggested that student staff supervisors consider having their staff update task lists, revise SOPs, create training videos, update training documents, record fitness classes or walking tours in nature, consider programming needs like scheduling spaces, developing learning outcomes, and data tracking, have student managers conduct performance evaluations & reflections with peers
- Penn State: today we launched an online learning module for students to gain hours and earn wages remotely through taking online courses related to job training and/or student development. We are using LinkedIn Learning (through LRN). We identified 15 initial courses on a variety of topics for students to take, if they took all 15 it would equate to about 15 hours of work. We created a form that they have to submit after taking each course including what they learned and a couple takeaways. We will continue to identify and release courses to our student staff for them to take and earn wages remotely; they can also identify courses of interest and get supervisor approval. Other remote work opportunities include creating content for virtual programming, e.g. virtual fitness videos.
Recreation Center Closure List
Regarding closures and pay, I have developed a Google Form to coalesce the data. This will help us develop rich, quantitative data on the fly. Please, complete the form above to help us save time with data entry. - Ian Brown, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
- Miami University (Oxford Ohio) Closed March 17 until further notice.
- University of New Haven - Entire campus closed until further notice. Classes online thru the end of the semester.
- University of Utah has closed from 3/16/2020 - 4/1/2020.
- Portland State Rec Center has closed effective 3/15/2020 until further notice
- MizzouRec facility closed and all programming cancelled effective 7pm, March 13th.
- University of West Florida was on break hours and is now closed and working remotely until March 29th at 11:59pm.
- Oklahoma State University-3/14 through 4/5 the main rec facilities will be open from 7am to 8pm M-F, 8am to 8pm on Sat, and 10am to 8pm on Sun. will all programs being cancelled
- St. Edward’s University - 3/13 through at least 4/5 Rec facilities will be closed with no programs
- Butler University - closed 3/13 until further notice
- Kent State University - all recreation facilities closed 3/10 - 4/13
- Duke - closed as of 3/11
- Western Kentucky - closing 3/13 through at least 4/6
- TCU - closing 3/13 through at least 4/3
- University of Connecticut - closing 3/14 through 4/5
- Stanford - as of 3/13 we closed all of our rec centers effective immediately. And we did it in a record 45 minutes. Phew.
- California State University, San Bernardino - Class instruction moved to on-line; rec center at academic break schedule until further notice.
- Southern Connecticut State University -Closed until further notice.
- Syracuse University- Rec Center to close 3/13 through at least 3/30
- Slippery Rock University 3/11 until further notice
- Westminster College Salt Lake City - as of 3/12 - shortened hours “Spring Break Hours” for the next two weeks - no group ex classes
- Cal Poly - will be closed Friday, 3/13 for deep clean
- UNLV - Online classes March 23 - April 12 - UPDATE Rec center closed 3/17 - at least April 12.
- Youngstown State University - Closed 3/12-3/22
- York College of Pennsylvania - Closed March 14-28
- Grand Valley State University (MI) - closed through 3/29
- East Tennessee State University--closed 3/14-4/12
- Earlham College (IN) - closed March 23 - May 1 to community/public - accessible to faculty, staff, and remaining students on campus
- University of Mississippi - closed 3/13 until further notice
- The College of New Jersey - Closed as of 8:00pm 3/13 through ⅘
- University of Michigan - 2 of 3 buildings are closed. Central building open with reduced hours
- Southern Methodist University - closing 3/23 - April 5
- Worcester State University- closed 3/14-7/13, to be assessed thereafter. Social distancing limits set, campus closed to students while there are efforts to bring classes online.
- The College at Brockport - SUNY - starting spring break today and will continue with non-academic hours until further decisions are made. The County has limited groups to 50 people, which may result in shutting down the Rec Facilities
- UMass Lowell - closing 3/14 until in-person classes resume (current date is 4/3)
- William Paterson University (NJ)- Main Rec facility remains open while the University goes remote (tentatively through April 14) with smaller facility and pool closed. Main facility is operating with reduced hours and staff and has placed limits of 20 or fewer people per facility space. Guest passes (external) no longer available. Group exercise classes cancelled. Programming during the remote period is effectively cancelled.
- UIC (University of Illinois Chicago) - As of EOD 3/16/20 ALL recreation facilities are closed indefinitely.
- Saint Peter’s University - Rec Center opened on a limited basis through at least March 25. Pool closed. Group exercise classes canceled. External members restricted and guest pass sales suspended. All outside programs that use the facility have been postponed indefinitely.
- Swarthmore College - As of March 15, the Matchbox fitness center is closed and will remain closed until further notice.
- Loyola Marymount University - All facilities closed until further notice as of 3/14.
- DePaul University - facility closed 8pm on March 17.
- University of Colorado, Denver - our Wellness Center will be closing effective tomorrow until TBD
- University of Maine (Orono) - UMaine classes going online through Spring Semester. The Rec Center is closing this weekend to move equipment to facilitate social distancing, opening 3/16 with reduced hours and no day pass/guest users. Students, faculty, staff and ongoing members only. Reduced fitness programming will be offered, no intramurals, no club competitions (practices may be allowed if students are interested). Most session-based programming involving outside users is being canceled or start dates pushed back.
- Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is now closed for the foreseeable future. All formal programming has been cancelled for the remainder of the semester.
- UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) - March 12 - April 5 classes move to online teaching. Campus closed for Spring Break March 14-22. Rec Center closed March 12- April 5. All Club Sports(practices and competitions), Intramurals, cancelled.
- University of Delaware -.As of 6pm on 3/13/20 - All Recreation facilities are closing until further notice.
- Allegheny College Wise Center (closed March 13-30th)
- Saint Louis University - Simon Recreation Center closed starting March 17th.
- Mercy College - Recreation Center closed until further notice. All classes online through 3/20. (Spring Break is the following week)
- Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) Wellness Center: Closed March 14-April 10.
- Truman State University - in person classes cancelled March 16-20; Student Recreation Center closed March 14-22; limited hours during our Spring Break Week of march 9-13.
- Boston University - in person classes and gatherings canceled March 16 until April 13. Fitness and Recreation Center closed for informal recreation during this period. All programs and events canceled. PE activity classes and workouts available online
- University of North Dakota: The Wellness Center CLOSED starting 3/16 at noon.
- Weber State University: March 13-> Fitness Centers on Ogden and Davis campuses closed until at least March 30 (2 res hall fitness centers remain open to residents only); pool closed until at least March 30; all international and out-of-state university-sponsored travel suspended through April 20, 2020, including club sports; club practices and events canceled through March 30; IMs canceled for remainder of semester; remaining Outdoor Program trips canceled for remainder of semester; Outdoor Rental Center open for now
- Washington University in St. Louis - All recreation facilities and programs closed down effective 3/16 until further notice (decision was made late afternoon on 3/15). Remote learning for students through spring semester. We’re transitioning our PE activity courses to journaling-based.
- UCLA - Closed
- Washington State - Closed
- Creighton - Closed
- SUNY Oswego Closed
- UCSF Closed
- UW - Seattle - Closed
- University of Oregon - Closed
- Oregon State - Closed until 4/28
- Arizona State - Closed effective 3/17/20
- Arizona - Open for now but getting complaints.. Closed on March 19th
- California schools closed
- UC-Riverside, Cal Baptist, Cal Poly-Pomona, CSULB, CSUN, SFSU, UCSF, USC, UCSD, Stanford, UCLA, UC-Davis, UC-Irvine, SDSU, UC-Santa Barbara
- University of Tampa Fitness and Recreation Center- Closed
- Viterbo University - closed March 14 at least through April 12
- University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) - closed on March 14 until further guidance is provided. We expect closure through April 5, if not longer.
- University of the Pacific - Recreation Center closed 3/16 until further notice. Online/Distance based learning begins March 23.
- University of North Carolina Schools - Greensboro - closed until further notice;
- UNC Asheville - open with modified hours and spaces as of 3/16/20
- Case Western Reserve University- Closed at noon today until further notice.
- University of Colorado- Boulder- Closed until further notice.
- UMass Amherst - closed until further notice. In-person classes have been suspended through the end of the semester.
- Charleston Southern University - All campus rec facilities closed through March 31 as of now. All programming also cancelled. In-person classes have been suspended through March 31 and all classes have transitioned to online.
- Missouri Baptist University- All fitness/rec spaces closed until at least April 6.
- Florida State University - All facilities closed on March 19th until further notice.
- University of Virginia- Closed March 18th - TBD. All University events are cancelled until at least May 15th. All academic classes will remain online for the rest of the semester. Graduation has been cancelled.
- University of Dayton - closed on March 16 until further notice
- Texas A&M University-Commerce -closed on March 19. Full-time staff still reporting to work.
- Salem State University - closed through 3/29 (may be extended)
- Texas A&M University at Galveston - Closed and all in-person programming canceled. Facility closure will continue to be re-evaluated.
- University of Nebraska Kearney- Closed March 21 through April 5 (may be extended)
- University of Pennsylvania - Closed on 3/16 until further notice.
- Colgate University- All rec and athletic facilities CLOSED 3/17-TBD
- Santa Clara University - all campus recreation and athletic facilities closed as of March 16 at 4 p.m. Outdoor facilities will close as of 12:01 a.m. due to the county shelter in place ordinance - all closed until further notice (the shelter in place is 3 weeks)
- Emory University- both facilities and outdoor spaces closed until further notice as of 8pm March 16th.
- Oakland University - Recreation & Aquatics Center closed on 3/16 at 3p per governor’ order. Closed until at least 3/30/2020
- Ryerson University: in-person classes moving online. All Rec. facilities closed until at least April 6.
- University at Albany: Fitness Centers & Pool closed by governor’s order on March 16 till further notice. All facilities closed and in person programs cancelled till further notice. Working on virtual options.
- Presbyterian College - Closed until further notice as of 3/16
- Columbia University - Facilities closed 3/15 until further notice. Virtual environment for Physical Education classes.
- Minnesota State University Moorhead: Closed on 3/16 until further notice
- University of Denver: Closed 3/17 until further notice.
- Northern Illinois University: Closed 3/16 until further notice, but at least ⅘
- Southern Oregon University: Student Recreation Center closed 3/16 until further notice.
- University of Notre Dame: All facilities are closed and all programming and activities have been suspended.
- University of West Georgia - Closed until further notice. Will look to do programing through social media
- University of North Florida - Closed until further notice. Programming will be via our website, podcast and social media.
- University of South Dakota-Closed until further notice.
- Stephen F. Austin State University - Closed as of March 17th and remain until on campus instruction resumes (tentative April 6th but subject to change).
- Florida Southern College- Rec Facility Open 10am-2pm until Friday, March 20th and then closed until further notice.
- UW-Stout - all Urec operations closed until at least April 5
- California State University, Bakersfield- Closed as of 3/17 until further notice
- University of California, Berkeley - Closed 3/16 thru 4/7. Instruction transitioned online thru end of semester.
- Northern Iowa- closed rec Monday am (spring break week until further notice). Faculty on Break, Pro Staff and Merit employees still come to work or seek approval for working remotely from supervisors.
- Olympic College - Fitness Center closed & all Recreation events cancelled per order from WA state governor until at least March 31. Instruction online
- Fairmont State University- Rec Center and campus closed as of March 16th through April 24th.. Food venues are open on a limited basis for carry out only to accommodate approximately 150 students still in residence halls. As of now all staff are still reporting to campus.
- UTRGV - Closed until further notice. We do have some ability to provide remote work for virtual programming and services. We are working on those items.
- Indiana State University - Closed until further notice. Virtual programming being developed.
- Loyola university Chicago-- closed until further notice
- San Jose State University- Rec Center closed indefinitely as of 2pm on 3/16. All classes are moving online until the end of the spring semester as of 3/16. Some aspects of campus remain open.
- Sinclair Community College - College closed to convert courses to remote learning. PAC and programs closed until at least 2/23, more than likely thru the end of Spring Semester.
- The University of Toledo Student Recreation Center and Morse Fitness Center CLOSED until further notice, (Professional Staff currently still reporting to work).
- Bucknell University - Rec Center closed 3/17 indefinitely
- Drexel University - Recreation Center closed 3/16 until further notice. All programming suspended. Virtual Group Exercise classes currently being developed and will be offered. Spring term classes will be online.
- Boise State University - Recreation Center closed 3/17 until further notice. All programming suspended. Virtual Group Exercise classes currently being developed and will be offered. All facilities are closed and all programming and activities have been suspended. Spring term classes will be online.
- Baylor University - closed
- University of Southern Mississippi - Closing 3/17 until further notice
- Eastern Washington University - Recreation Center closed until 4/26, All in person programming and programming requiring travel suspended until 4/26. Spring class term start delayed 1 week, scheduled to begin 4/6.
- University of Minnesota Twin Cities-closed as of March 17th until further notice/
- Palm Beach State-closed as of 3/6 until further notice.
- Rutgers University New Brunswick - Closed as of March 16th until further notice.
- Xavier University- Recreation Center is closed through May 1. All professional staff are to work remotely effective March 18 through April 3. Will reassess professional staff working from home after April 3.
- Northern Kentucky University - Recreation Center closed as of 3/18 at 4:30pm through April 30. All club and student org travel cancelled for the semester. All events/rentals on campus cancelled through May 30.
- The College at Brockport - SUNY - closed March 16th. All staff are telecommuting per guidelines from the Governor
- Hobart and William Smith Colleges-Closed March 16th until further notice
- Georgia State University -Closed all Recreation facilities 3/13 until further notice. On line programming. Students are online through Spring semester.
- Villanova University- Closed all rec centers 3/14 until further notice. All programming and services associated with recreation have been suspended until further notice.
- University of New Hampshire - closed facility on 3/17 until further notice. All programming had been suspended as of 3/12.
- University of Arkansas - Fort Smith - closed facility on 3/16 until further notice. All recreation programs have been suspended.
- University of Pikeville - closed until further notice, including Main Gym, Athletic Training Facilities, Student Weight Room
- Ball State University - As of 3/18/2020, our open recreation facilities/areas are still operating as normal hours and GroupFitness classes are still being held, Intramurals canceled, Sport Clubs cannot travel/hold any type of practices/activities, Learn to Swim canceled, Family Swim, Outdoor Program trips/workshops have been canceled, Climbing Wall has been closed. Classes have gone online for the rest of the semester. As of 3/19/2020 we closed all of our facilities, with the exception that we are letting students deep clean and professional staff have the option of reporting to work physically or working remotely.
- Missouri State University- closed until further notice
- Utah State University- All recreational facilities, programs, and services closed as of 3-17-20
- Texas Tech University - all programs stopped, facility closed until further notice.
- Georgia State University- all Recreational facilities closed beginning 3/14/2020, all programs and outdoor trips canceled.
- University of Oregon - CLOSED until further notice.
- University of Louisiana at Lafayette - closed until further notice, all programs and services postponed.
- Colorado School of Mines- Closed until further notice/ at least until April 15th per Governor of Colorado Executive Order pertaining to restaurants and recreation/fitness centers.
- Lewis University officially closing the Rec Center 3/20 at 1pm. Staff is working remotely for now. Return date not yet determined.
- University of South Alabama--closed until further notice effective 3/13 at 5 pm. Staff working remotely.
- Stony Brook University (SUNY)--All in-person University programs and events are cancelled through May 15, 2020. Recreation center closed Monday March 16.
- East Stroudsburg University Closed until Further Notice on Tuesday, March 17th
- Montana State University Closed until April 4th. Then re-evaluate.
- Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (North Chicago, IL). Closed through April 20. Re-evaluate and announce by April 13.
- University of Minnesota Duluth- closed indefinitely. Programs and services suspended through end of April (likely end of semester in early May) Full time staff working remotely.
- St. Olaf College - Close March 18 - April 19. Re-evaluate on April 13th. Running remote programs, such as Virtual Marathon, IM Team Name Bracket, Trivia Thursday, etc.
- Grand Rapids Community College - Closed Friday, March 13th at 8pm-Sunday, April 5th. Will re-evaluate at that time.
- University of Iowa - Closed March 16 through April 3. Status beginning April 4 is TBD, although classes are virtual through the end of the semester, and all events through the end of the semester have been cancelled. Staff working remotely until April 16 (target).
- Bowling Green State University -- closed on March 17 and all programs cancelled until further notice.
- University of Kentucky - all indoor facilities closed until further notice. All supervised outdoor facilities closed until further notice. Offering some virtual programs.
- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - all facilities closed through the Spring semester (May 17th)
- University of Wyoming - closed end of business 3/17 until further notice.
- Carroll University - Wisconsin - all facilities closed indefinitely, right now through spring semester at least.
- The University of Akron - closed March 16th until further notice. Cancelled all programs/rentals until April 20th and will re-evaluate in early April.
- Saint Leo University- closed until further notice, classes online for rest of semester
- Springfield College-Closed until further notice, classes are online for the remainder of the semester.
- University of South Florida - closed 3/16 through May 8th...could change with status of the state of Florida. University will be all online through the summer
- Virginia Commonwealth University- Closed until further notice; online classes through June at least
- Minnesota State University, Mankato- Closed until further notice (closure date of 3/12/20); Offering some virtual options. Online classes through Summer 2020 at the present time.
- George Fox University (Oregon) closed effective 3/17/2020 until further notice. Offering a variety of virtual group fitness and virtual intramural options.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - closed/in-person programming stopped as of 3/16 until TBD
List of Potential Preventative Measures
- Does anyone have signage for informal rec activities like open rec basketball/soccer regarding social distancing and hygiene??
- Rowan University: “We are glad to still provide hi a means for health and well-being during this challenging time. If you are not feeling well, we recommend you do not participate in activities in the facility. To minimize the possibilities of spreading COVID-19, we recommend not participating in recreational activities by other individuals within 6 feet and taking proactive measures for disinfecting equipment and surfaces prior to using and after using. Hand sanitizers are readily available and please wash your hands while in the facility. ”
- Following the best practices for healthy habits to help prevent the cold and flu
- Spray bottles, paper towels, and Gym Wipes (EPA-registered product, per page 9 in OSHA guidance) dispensers are located throughout the facility so patrons can wipe down shared equipment before/after use. Increasing the number of spray bottles or wipes to get them in proximity to all machines
- Resources for the EPA disinfectants
- Janitorial services continue to perform ongoing cleaning throughout the Rec Center with an increased emphasis on door handles and other more commonly touched areas.
- Internal staff continue to perform additional cleaning of high touch surfaces
- Supervisors checking Purell dispensers during all rounds and informing supervisors immediately if they need attention
- *Hand sanitizers must be 60% alcohol or higher
- Discourage use of treadmills and ellipticals and exercise bikes in close proximity, so maybe permitting use of every other one if situated in a larger environment or encouraging people to space out by choice
- Group Fitness or Classes or Similar
- instructors provided a script to remind users about precautions and have been wiping down equipment before/after use.
- no partner work
- providing additional space between participants (double arm’s distance)
- avoid sharing equipment during class
- limiting class size to avoid close contact
- shortening class length to allow for intentional cleaning or pay your staff for a longer time so they can clean
- removal of shared yoga mats
- Bulletin Boards, Signage and Cardio Screen Messaging updated throughout the facility to promote CDC and University recommendations for reducing the risk of getting sick and preventing the spread of COVID-19
- Fitness and Aquatics staff could implement screening of personal training and swim lesson clients regarding recent travel and acute symptoms that could indicate infection (fever, rash, new respiratory symptoms). Appointments will be cancelled if there is a risk of exposure.
- Potential turning off of Water Fountains but leaving automated bottle fillers
- Fitness staff will recommend online resources for patrons seeking information on fitness programs that can be performed at home (with no equipment).
- Increase the cleaning of the locker rooms particularly if there is any carpet
- Consider increasing air circulation rates/ check what kind of air filters you use and how efficient they are
- Consider asking patrons to bring towels to eliminate towel service so employees are protected.
- Consider asking patrons to bring yoga mats to minimize transfer from these surfaces.
- Schedule outdoor activities such as yoga on the lawn, boot camp type classes or walking groups. Reminding patrons to maximize physical space.
- Offer staff disposable gloves (i.e., Member Services accepting credit cards, checking out/in equipment, etc. and fitness floor staff when cleaning machines, etc.) -- There is some thought that this is actually not a good idea - you still need to wash your hands and frequently change the gloves, like every time you touch something
- If you have more than one rec center keep them all open to improve social distancing; consider going to ‘break’ schedule during Spring quarter
- Close earlier or open later but use extra hours have your staff stay until normal hours to clean
- These precautions are in addition to any university directives that you would follow such as limiting travel, canceling big events, etc.
- We have a shared document on Box of all the areas we are cleaning in order to ensure that while we are open that we are taking precautions. Our TV slides have messages about cleaning equipment before and after working out. Signs have been posted that only shooting around is allowed on our basketball courts, not 1 on 1’s or physical contact games.
- Wisconsin Governor issued ‘safer at home’ declaration...stay at home.
- Extra cleaning on sleeping bags
- Requirement for sleeping sacks
- Longer time between rentals in addition to cleaning
- Cutting capacity to half (30 people max) in climbing gym.
- Extra signage about washing hands and not climbing when sick.
- Climbing shoes are only allowed on the wall, and rentals are now free.
- Keeping doors open to prevent people from touching handles and increasing airflow.
- Staff cleaning desk area frequently
- Disinfecting every rental item until complete.
- According to the CDC, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs.
- Our practice of proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection of our pools should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Our pools, swim rec classes, private lessons, and group fitness classes will remain open and operating for the time being.
- Our pools and swim lessons have been closed and canceled.
- With undergrad students gone there is almost no possibility to do club sports.
- We are also not allowed to travel
- We do have students here though and for now we are allowing limited practices
- All are canceled, even recreational non-competing clubs
- Our esports team has a final competition on their schedule - students are competing remotely from their homes.
- Athletic Trainer is working remotely with club athletes that already had an injury.
- Men’s hockey team provided individual strength and conditioning programming for club athletes and assessed how many club athletes are in the program.
- How do you prepare and schedule if students do come back
- On campuses with grad students, what can you/or should you do IM?
- How are you handling shared equipment if still operating? (Ex: gloves in softball)
- Bring your own equipment or budget savings due to virus, buy them equipment for them to keep
- Look at limiting activities in close quarters (basketball, volleyball, soccer)
- Look at a model of individual contests or hybrid activities with 6 foot social distancing
- Setting-up a sports movie bracket. Professional staff picks the movies and students pick what movie moves onto the next round of the bracket.
Facility Memberships -
- Emory University: We are not charging payroll deduction members during our indefinite closure and are extending a day-for-day credit for members who paid-in-full. No action is required by the member. See http://campuslife.emory.edu/covid-19/rec-well.html for the letter that went out to members. See here for my (rough internal) reasons why it’s the right thing to do.-Walter Kolis
- Rowan: For members (Fac/Staff or community) we will prorate refunds if requested, but not advertising
- Xavier University- We only sell annual memberships, so we are looking at extending expiration dates by however long our facility stays closed. We have not yet decided on any refunds.
- Grand Rapids Community College - We will prorate refunds if requested as well, but not advertising. Planning on extending current memberships for the number of days we are closed.
- Florida Southern College- We are extending memberships as long as we are closed.
- Westminster College - no credit card drafts or payroll deductions until we reopen. For anyone who pays month to month we will add on weeks or months depending on how long we are closed.
- The University of Akron - For members (Fac/Staff, Alumni, Affiliate or Community) we will prorate refunds if requested, but not advertising. Extending memberships as much as possible. Refunded programs and registrations.
- Springfield College - We don’t have many memberships in our facility (other than students). We will be extending the few alumni memberships to the next academic year.
What refund procedures are being employed for memberships, Group X, Intramurals, etc.? Or, are people extending those memberships, rather than giving refunds?
- Worcester State: For members: We understand that this impacts your current paid membership privileges. Based on your valid dates of membership, we will arrange to extend all memberships based on the impact of this closure.
- Rowan: For members (Fac/Staff or community) we will prorate refunds if requested, but not advertising
- University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)
- All memberships are “frozen” as of March 13. No time is accruing and they will restart when we return to normal operations. Done without the member having to request or do anything.
- Payroll deductions (700+) were stopped. No one with this will have deductions occur during the closure period. We will provide notice when resuming and asking all if they want to restart the deductions or cancel. Again, the member doesn’t have to communicate to have it stopped. Its been automated.
- We will refund and cancellation request with no processing fee or contract penalties if one could have occurred (i.e. payroll deduction options)
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Payroll deduction memberships frozen until we reopen; we will notify members so if they are not comfortable coming back yet we can determine if we can keep them froze or if they need to cancel
- Spring and/or all year memberships, lockers, and group fitness offering pro-rated refunds or credits. Credits will be placed on member accounts to be used toward the next purchase of the same type (any membership purchase; GF and lockers can only go towards that)
- For each we have sent specialized emails to that particular group with a link to a survey. If they complete the survey for a refund, we call them and put their CC number in a secure Box folder for our business office to process the refund. If they do nothing we automatically put the credit on their account.
Some questions to ponder on your campus (add if you have better or more questions):
What do you anticipate to be the impact on:
- For institutions that have a Rec Fee is anyone issuing prorated refunds for students?
- Emory University: Yes, Emory is issuing prorated refunds for most student fees. “Emory will refund student accounts with a calculated amount of unused housing, dining, athletic fees, activity fees, parking fees, and other fees unrelated to academic instruction. Since instruction will continue, no instructional costs will be reimbursed (tuition, technology fees, etc.) Other services that will remain available to students, such as health related fees, will also not be refunded.” See here. -Walter Kolis
- Number of activities you offer/cancel
- Number of participants you will have
- How might this impact your revenue income
- Specifically membership cancellations/individuals wanting to push their membership back “x date” depending on how long the time period is. (Craig Decker, UAB)
- Loss of group exercise revenue
- How might this impact a reduction in costs
- What projects can be done with reduction in participants/activities?
- How is this improving us?
- What is your plan to shut down if you have to?
- How will you pay part-time employees if you have to? SFSU is paying all employees during their current shut down
A talking point or two:
Fusion Coronavirus page: https://info.innosoftfusion.com/covid19
Advice for Running Coaches”
Great article from Journal of Health and Sport Science “Should, and How Can, Exercise Be Done During Coronavirus”: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7031769/
Advice from Neil P. Walsh (2018) Recommendations to maintain immune health in athletes,
European Journal of Sport Science, 18:6, 820-831, DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2018.1449895
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2018.1449895
This was from early March.
The benefits of exercise and movement on mental and physical wellbeing are important to consider. We know that the reduction of stress is important for people and there is some research that says that we actually increase our immune system for a short-term bounce after exercising (if anybody has other research please post - you can find the article in an academic article search by searching for Debunking the Myth of Exercise Induced Suppression)
NIRSA just put out a good message at about noon on March 9 on Upstream information that is in a similar vein to the paragraph above. Conference/covid-19 status here: https://nirsa.net/nirsa2020/preparing-for-phoenix/
Here is what SFO is describing as social distancing: https://www.sfdph.org/dph/alerts/coronavirus-faq.asp
WHO only says three feet from anyone who is coughing or sneezing – Bill Callender suggested that the 6 feet is so that you don’t walk through the area when someone coughs or sneezes.
Does Sweat Transfer coronavirus?
Perspiration alone cannot transmit COVID-19, Dr. David Thomas, a professor of medicine and director of the infectious-diseases division of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told the New York Times.
But it can stay on surfaces for up to 9 days if not cleaned
Individual School Notes
University of Washington - Katie
Monday, 3/16 - UW Recreation closed all facilities to patrons, effective 3/16 until further notice. We still plan to have our permanent staff working right now (some remote if that is feasible - still trying to keep our maintenance and custodial staff in the facility to work since they don’t have the option to work remote). We do not have a plan for student/temporary staff yet!
Wednesday, 3/11 - At this time, it affects Club events but not much else within our department. Our facilities remain open.
Effective March 11, 2020, events with expected attendance of 250 people or more in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are required, by order of Governor Inslee, to be cancelled. This restriction is in place through March 31, 2020, but may be extended.
As of that same date, Public Health – Seattle & King County has also mandated that all events and gatherings of fewer than 250 people in the county are prohibited unless event organizers can take steps to minimize risk. This restriction has no set end date.
In light of these measures, the University of Washington directs that organizers of non-essential UW events cancel or postpone those events, or convert them to remote participation.
Organizers of UW events that are deemed essential and that are still allowed under state and county restrictions therefore should implement measures to minimize risk as outlined by Public Health – Seattle & King County, which include:
- Encourage older and vulnerable individuals not to attend.
- Implement procedures for social distancing and limiting close contact. Examples include:
- For ticketed events, sell one-third of the tickets to accommodate the “six foot rule.” (Everyone should maintain a distance of six feet from other people to reduce the risk of transmitting disease.)
- Move the event to an outdoor location with plenty of space to accommodate the “six foot rule.”
- Move the event to a larger indoor venue that accommodates the “six foot rule.”
- Host the event without in-person audience participation.
- Provide online options for remote participation.
- Screen employees and volunteers hosting an event for symptoms each day. Ask your Employee Health Center for guidance.
- Make proper hand washing, sanitation, and cleaning facilities readily available.
- Follow environmental cleaning guidelines (e.g., clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as faucets, handrails, and doorknobs, daily or more frequently). Use a cleaning agent on the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus.
- Ask attendees to practice good hygiene:
- Stay home if you feel sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and immediately dispose of the tissue.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Reference the CDC Guidance for Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events during COVID-19 for more information.
To be clear UW has NOT closed, they have stopped all in person academic classes through March 20 (end of winter quarter). The campus remains open and services like Recreation remain open. UW Recreation facilities are open and programming and activities continue as scheduled. If the UW decided to suspend operations, UW Recreation is considered a non-essential unit and therefore we would close our facilities and cancel programming at that time.
The UW has closed one building for extensive cleaning because an employee in that building has a possible COVID-19 positive result. In the future we may need to close for this reason and we are prepared to take that action as needed.
You can follow the UW updates and find a lot of good information on there. At this time our department is cleaning based on our typical custodial schedules using the same EPA-registered disinfectant products, with a few exceptions: extra cleaning of high touch points during the day by the Operations staff (i.e. door knobs, railings, etc.) and extra daily cleaning of shared work spaces or customer counters. The CDC still recommends following the best practices for healthy habits to help prevent the cold and flu. UW EH&S has released a cleaning protocol document (attached) and UW Marketing and Communications created some helpful signage to use in facilities.
We have a department business continuity plan so we are prepared to handle different emergency situations, extended closures, etc. Unfortunately that plan lives in a UW restricted online system that I won't be able to share with you. We are making sure all those employees that are able to work remotely have all the tech set up and verified. We are experiencing more employees out sick than normal but we are adjusting workloads and coverage to accommodate our needs. If the UW suspended operations and we closed our facilities that means no Recreation employees should report to work (typically employees would use vacation or sick leave for any days off, the UW also has a system in place for our classified employees - in the unions - to work off the time over a certain period of time). We have dealt with extended closures for severe weather/snow, this meant managing employee time off, canceling programming and issuing refunds, adjusting cleaning schedules to prepare to re-open, etc.
Let me know if you have specific questions about business continuity.
UW Recreation facilities continue to remain open (we have not closed any specific facilities at this time) as we attempt to provide our normal services. UW Recreation is not making the blanket decision to cancel all in person programming and activities at this time. Our department is taking a more nuanced approach, determining on a case by case basis, based on the unique type of programming each activity entails (i.e. location, access to disinfecting equipment and facilities to hand wash, type of activity, etc.). Currently we have postponed/rescheduled our yoga teacher training this weekend and a UWild snow caving trip this weekend. Most classes/lessons/activities, intramurals, and club events continue as scheduled but we are assessing ongoing as more updates are shared from UW. We don’t host any youth programming during the academic year so those decisions wouldn’t need to be made until summer gets closer. Timing wise we are nearing the end of winter quarter so our programming/activities are naturally winding down and the number of patrons in our facilities also drop as spring break looms but we are already starting to plan how this could affect spring quarter and beyond if this is a sustained issue.
We are monitoring this situation daily and making decisions as needed while following the UW updates. We are taking steps to plan for possible changes in the future as things evolve with this situation (i.e. potential for closures, reduced hours, canceling programming, etc.).
One thing to note, we are having trouble keeping an adequate inventory of our disinfectant products (hand sanitizers and gym wipes) as we are experiencing out of stock inventory from our usual vendors on the products we typically purchase because of the massive buying and stockpiling due to this virus. We continue to monitor this situation and will adjust as needed! Just wanted to share this potential problem that may change our procedures in the future.
COVID-19 PREVENTION AT UW: SANITIZATION AND DISINFECTION PROTOCOLS - I am happy to share this pdf document with anyone, just email me, email@example.com
U Toledo - Demond
Wednesday March 11
The University of Toledo has cancelled classes on March 16 and 17, all academic courses will resume on Wednesday, March 18 with remote delivery. On-campus instruction has been canceled through March 30. The university remains open including all recreation facilities. Effective immediately, UToledo has suspended all travel, both domestic and international, for the remainder of this fiscal year (June 30, 2020). All events through April 30 with expected attendance of 100 or more have been canceled.
Stanford - Alex Accetta
As of 6:00pm we closed all Rec Centers effective immediately. We were told at 5:15 and closed by 6:00. Stanford has also told all remaining undergraduates they have to leave, closing dining, plus more.
Our original plan had been:
Campus just announced all non-essential employees to work at home. We are still keeping our Rec Centers open but with modifications
Climbing Wall - open for modified scheduled hours
Fitness Classes - main campus cancelled until staff return to campus
Fitness Classes - SRWC unknown until they decide employee status
Fitness Classes - SCRA ongoing with modifications
All Rec Classes - cancelled until staff return to campus
Personal Training - allowed to have clients with suggested modifications
Private Swim Lessons - allowed to have clients with suggested modifications
Outdoor Trips - cancelled Spring Quarter
Outdoor Classes cancelled Spring Quarter
Club Sports - cancelled Spring Quarter
Intramurals - cancelled until further notice
Youth - moving ahead as scheduled to start in June
PE Classes modified to online only with limited classes
We are still open. We have multiple centers so leaving them open to help distancing. We have added website info: https://rec.stanford.edu/response-to-covid-19/ - updating more this morning. We have less student employees than most places so our employees are mostly still around so not a giant issue yet. Still trying to figure out continuity of pay if we need to and if we can.
Wednesday March 11
The university announced that all undergraduate classes will go online until further notice and undergraduates will remain off-campus. Graduate students will remain on campus. Our rec centers remain open.
As of 1:45 on the 9th we are no longer allowing any non-essential travel including for our clubs
We had had a decision allowing our club teams to practice but have limited travel to 250 miles + no airplane travel so that if it gets worse suddenly students can easily get back to campus.
At this point I would recommend that we continue to leave the recreation facilities open as the evidence I read suggests that the rec center environment has a lower than perceived risk in the promotion of the spread of coronavirus and that we would only close after other more high risk activities are curtailed (large gatherings, shared housing, etc). There is also evidence that the benefits of providing exercise may counteract the current level of risk.
Stanford’s Centralized Health Updates
These articles are helpful: this Time article and this NY Times article from the 9th https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/08/health/coronavirus-gyms-safety.html
Another one about K-12 schools and how closing can actually do harm as well - so many lenses
Recreation center operations currently running business as usual (with a few exceptions). Intramurals are already over so that program is not impacted. Club sports airline travel is currently restricted. The campus is currently cancelling events with spectators of 150+. Athletics events are asked to adjust spectators to one third of normal attendance. One unintended consequence of the remote learning game plan is that some students are leaving to return home vs. staying on campus.
CSU San Bernardino - Vilayat
Wednesday March 11
All CSU’s (23 campuses) are now restricting travel of any kind until May 31st. Currently no word on Spring Academic schedule yet. We are one of the only CSU’s still in quarters, but are switching in the fall.CSUSB has suspended all in person classes for the Spring Academic Quarter and has moved all classes to on-line in a compressed academic quarter schedule. We will have two weeks for Spring Break (3/23-4/4). Rec Center plans on staying open during spring break at reduced hours. Spring Quarter hours TBD.
Right now we are in status quo with our group exercise and recreation classes with some of the limitations in participants for now (which is having little impact with students essentially on spring break with online classes happening) and more aggressive cleaning and education. I am asking our staff to plan for a normal class schedule for Spring Quarter while also planning for what might happen if we start classes late. But unless something changes we will try to minimize disruptions.
Our Chancellor's Office just sent out this morning (March 10) that all international and non-essential travel has been suspended until May 31st
As of Today, 3/11, All CSU travel is no prohibited until May 31st
U San Francisco - Shanie
USF is currently on spring break. At 5pm today the COVID-19 Management Team sent out a message canceling all in-person, non-essential on-campus events at the Hilltop and Downtown (101 Howard) campuses through March 21. At that time, SFDPH will reevaluate its guidance and the university will follow any new recommendations. The university remains open, including the Koret Health and Recreation Center. The Coronavirus Resources Page is the university’s primary method of updating the university community about the COVID-19 situation. With Spring Break (week of 3/9) we have no IMs and Club Sports scheduled over the next week. The weekend of 3/21 & 3/22 we currently have van travel planned to two bay area universities, and are hosting two local universities for home games. Our only upcoming club sport airline travel is April 8-11 (Kansas City) so still pondering that. Next week’s National Collegiate Judo Association tournament (San Jose) was recently cancelled.
Koret Specific Updates
- Gym Wipes (EPA-registered product) dispensers are located throughout the facility so patrons can wipe down shared equipment before/after use
- Able Janitorial services continue to perform ongoing cleaning throughout the Koret Health and Recreation Center
- Cardio Alley/Weight Room student staff continue to perform additional cleaning of high touch surfaces
- Building Supervisors are checking the Purell dispensers during all rounds and calling into facilities immediately if they need attention (refill or battery)
- Group Fitness Instructors will incorporate extra precautions for all fitness classes including: wiping down equipment before/after use, no partner work, providing additional space between participants (double arm’s distance), avoid sharing equipment during class, limit class size to avoid close contact
- Bulletin Boards, Signage and Cardio Screen Messaging throughout the facility will promote CDC and SFDPH recommendations for reducing the risk of getting sick and preventing the spread of COVID-19
- Fitness and Aquatics staff will implement screening of personal training and swim lesson clients regarding recent travel and acute symptoms that could indicate infection (fever, rash, new respiratory symptoms). Appointments will be cancelled if there is a risk of exposure.
- Koret fitness staff will recommend online resources for patrons seeking information on fitness programs that can be performed at home (with no equipment).
Monday, March 9
- We redesigned our check-in desk to allow patrons to swipe their own cards (photo side to staff for verification)
- We redesigned our front desk to allow patrons to insert their own credit and debit cards and swipe cards for check-in
- All group fitness instructors are teaching classes using bodyweight only (no shared equipment)
- One aqua fit class (M/W/F @ 11:45am) cancelled (at instructor’s request). The other aqua fit class (M/W/F @ 7:30am) is still running. Class participants are primarily seniors. As of today, YMCAs in the area are continuing aqua fit programming, JCC has cancelled aqua fit programming.
- My group fitness and aquatics folks are staying in close contact with YMCA and JCC
- My aquatics folks are in close contact with US Masters Swim
Wednesday, March 11
- USF President announced that our school will move to remote learning/online classes through March 29
- We are game planning to see our staffing situation and planning for continuity of services for the impact time.
- Can anyone share your revised hours (if you are ahead of the game)?
Thursday, March 12
- With SF unified and parochial schools announcing either closures or remote learning over the coming weeks, I’ve got staff working on recommending (and creating) online resources to share with parents who are home with kids over the coming weeks. I’m also bookmarking resources recommended by organizations that are sending closure emails (creativity museum, etc.). We will share that will fac/staff and our youth swim team families
- We have updated our website to reflect daily program changes. We update every morning and end of day (aiming for 4pm). We have the ability to update as necessary
- Looking at likely cancelling/postponing intramurals and club sports March 16-29 (FYI, we are on semesters and our spring break is this week).
- Looking at options to possibly spread out masters and youth swim team practice across more lanes to limit close contact (or possibly temporarily cancel to limit traffic in our facility).
Friday, March 13
- We have postponed Intramurals between March 16-29 (subject to change). We notified everyone that we are still open and they can come check out basketballs, volleyballs and soccer balls for open rec
- We have postponed Club Sports practices and competition between March 16-29 (subject to change). We encouraged any students who are returning to SF to reach out to club officers so we can help support them. We will work with coaches to check in with participants over the next few weeks via text, email, phone. We are encouraging coaches to consider extra safety precautions to implement when we do return to practice, and to research best practices of other clubs. We are also asking coaches to start thinking of how to utilize technology if we need to consider long term opportunities to support these students.
- We have temporarily cancelled swim team practices for both our youth swim program and masters swim. Most parents were RELIEVED since their kids wanted to come to practice and they didn’t want to be the bad guy. We hope to work with our coaches to provide fun, at home activities that parents can use to engage, entertain and help the kids burn off energy (and stress)
- For masters swimmers we are giving them the option to keep their memberships active or freeze. For those who decide to stay active, we are working on providing discounted “stroke clinic’ hours where we can limit swimmers to 1/lane and help cover the cost of the coach on deck. The goal was to minimize crowding on the walls, and numbers in the pool, spread them out for social distancing. We are getting some push back from one coach, but I think he doesn’t quite understand the game plan.
- We are currently lucky that we can staff our facility regular hours (and today is almost like a normal Friday at the end of spring break). Many of our student staff live off campus, pay rent, need to pay bills, so as long as we can keep them safe and provide a safe and clean facility, we are trying to operate according to demand. If demand drops, we have several scenario options.
- We have pulled all mats and foam rollers off the workout floor. We never did shared yoga mats.
- All group fitness instructors have been informed to use NO SHARED EQUIPMENT (including blocks, straps, etc.). One goal is to help patrons identify at home workout programs that require no equipment. Instructors are getting creative, but we do believe we are keeping things safe. Class attendance is kept to 10-12 (at least over spring break). We will cap class attendance to allow social distancing.
- Have been asked to check out new SF Mayor’s Office guidelines so will do that now.
Santa Clara U - Janice DeMonsi
I anticipate at SCU we will announce something in 48 hours - today fac/staff were advised not to travel through May 1 and all spring break immersion and global trips were canceled. We postponed our spring break men’s rugby trip to next spring break. Human Resources is to announce telecommute options and other items within 48 hours so I am waiting in anticipation of what that looks like with spring break club sport games and all future games.
Thanks for putting this together- this weekend we were told to operate as normal business so we are open, and hosting a women’s ultimate tournament. We are cleaning and asking those that are sick to stay home employees and people using the gym.
Monday, March 9 university announced moving all classes to online - we are keeping the facility open. At check in we are asking if the user has been sick within the last 24 hours. We have discontinued check out of equipment at the desk until further notice - this is to prevent the check in staff from illness, as well as the user. We will continue the towel service. Due to students moving to online some are headed home - as this time we are keeping hours as scheduled but will modify as needed due to student staff. March 20 we begin spring break hours and then the online closure is until April 12. We will probably have a very modified schedule for march 30 - April 9 (we close the 9th at 6 p.m. for Easter weekend). This is what I posted online this morning for the campus community about what we are looking at:
The university moved to online classes on Tuesday, March 10th. At this time the Malley Center and Pool will remain open with their normal scheduled hours. Hours are subject to change as our student employees begin to leave campus due to this shift and we will update schedules as we get this information.
The hour changes we do know about are - Spring break hours Friday, March 20th as scheduled. March 30 - April 9 we will have a modified schedule based on the student staff here on campus to work. April 9 at 6 p.m. - Sunday, April 12 we will be closed for Easter as scheduled.
Equipment check out at the front desk has been discontinued until we are through this period. The towel service will continue as this time.
Fitness classes are scheduled to continue with the exception of classes that are canceled due to instructors leaving campus or not wanting to come to campus. As of today only Barre has been canceled for the rest of this week. Check the MP room calendar to see if the class you would like to attend has been canceled by clicking here.
Intramural Sports is in play offs and games are scheduled to continue this week. If you are participating and your team can not make your game please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. Intramural Sports for next quarter are TBD. Due to the online classes through April 13 - we may need to shift our training schedule for staff and may postpone Intramural Sports leagues and once we are through this period look to schedule some Intramural Sports special events to wrap up the quarter. Again, this is TBD at this time.
Club Sports will continue practicing and hosting games with fans only. Club Sport events reach the campus cap of 150 plus and no spectators will be allowed at any home event.
If you have specific questions please contact Janice DeMonsi, Director of Recreation, email@example.com.
As of Friday, March 13 - SCU has canceled all club sport games, and practices for the remainder of the year. We will make our summer camp determination as of May 1st. We are still open.
Sacramento State - Kate Smith
As of March 12, an announcement was made that all instruction face-to-face classes have been moved to online courses. All classes have been suspended for 4 days, in order to allow faculty time to move their course to an online format.The campus will remain open, therefore our building will remain open. I have been asked to possibly cancel various group activities such as Intramurals and Group Fitness and am in the process of justifying if those should stay open or not.
San Francisco State University - Ryan Fetzer
To reduce the potential risks of possible exposure to COVD-19, the University suspended all campus events and activities through 3/31. This included all Campus Rec programming, but we still kept the Mashouf Wellness Center (MWC) open for individual workouts and personal use.
To further limit the potential for COVID-19, the University suspended all face-to-face classes for the rest of this week in preparation for the campus to transition all classes to virtual modalities. All classes starting Monday, 3/16, are to be taught remotely and no face-to-face classes will be held. This is in effect through April 5th. An announcement will be made at the end of March about the following two-week period, April 6th-19th.
SF State also announced that during this time of remote instruction, all faculty, staff and student employees will continue to be paid whether or not they are scheduled and come into work. In addition, student employees are not obligated to come to campus given the transition to virtual modalities.
University Housing started strongly encouraging all on-campus residents to return to their permanent homes during this period of remote instruction and not stay on campus. A formal email was sent out to residents and their families.
Campus Recreation formally made the decision to reduce operating hours of the Mashouf Wellness Center for the remainder of the week. Our operating hours were adjusted to 10am-6pm Wed. 3/11 through Friday 3/13. We are closing the MWC starting Saturday, 3/14 until further notice. Basically, with everything being canceled, suspended or postponed it is becoming increasingly quiet on campus. Most of our student employees are leaving and returning home or not wanting to work during this time (especially since they know we are going to pay them regardless if they show up or not for their shifts). Our team felt like we were not going to have enough coverage to be able to keep the MWC open at this time. The University also felt in the best interest of promoting social distancing and as a way of encouraging students to not come to campus that we should close until face-to-face classes resume. Full-time staff and some students are still working at this time and campus is still open.
Landmark College, Putney, VT - Kari Post
Our Student Affairs Office (under which Athletics/Rec and Health Services both fall) is collecting information about all employee travel (domestic and international) taken or planned in Feb/March, as well as the travel of any immediate family members or people living with the employee. Info collected includes travel dates, travel destination, and airports visited. Employees are advised to adhere to any CDC travel bans/recommendations. Currently the closest presumed positive cases (2) reported in our area are about one hour from our campus. We are otherwise following our flu/contagious illness procedures as they exist. No study abroad trips/programs have yet been modified or canceled.
Landmark College has decided to extend our Spring Break (originally 3/16-3/20) to two weeks (classes will resume on 3/30). Faculty will use the additional week to plan how to administer courses online should doing so become necessary. Students will be able to return to the College for the second week if travel plans have already been made to do so, but no academic classes will be held. Students who leave the College for Spring Break will undergo a health and travel screening prior to being allowed back on campus. All students and employees are asked to complete a travel reporting form for extended personal travel or any air travel planned throughout the month.
Georgetown University - Meghan Dimsa
Our University is moving through various phases of scenario planning based on the fluid nature of this situation.
- DC has one confirmed case but none that are a result of community spread - the individual traveled from KY
Currently the University will remain open to all - this includes community members and minors.
Internal work at Campus Recreation currently includes:
- Staffing scale back for professional staff who are at a higher risk (telework options), and we are limiting minors (when appropriate) on campus at this time.
- Increased rotations for hand sanitizer refills, carpet/floor cleaning, and double/triple sanitization efforts
- Increased disinfectant efforts with GymWipes and other approved cleaning products
- Potential limiting of Group Fitness/Spin classes that occur in a closed space - exploring other options for fitness practices as necessary (should the University move to instructional continuity)
- Currently the University is on Spring Break and again, the situation is fluid thus other fitness/recreation programs might be reduced/suspended upon student return if outbreak occurs.
Should information change, we (Campus Recreation) will move to a different scenario as advised by the CDC.
Official Update Page:
Creighton University - Greg Durham
As of 3/9/2020 the University remains open. We are currently on Spring Break. Situation is fluid for us, we have some business continuity plans in place for
Creighton University and our Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is currently monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and the impact it may have on our community. Currently Omaha has a few confirmed cases.
Sponsored programs in China and South Korea have been canceled for the Spring 2020 semester based on recommendations from WHO and the CDC. All Study Abroad students in Italy have been asked to return stateside ASAP.
Creighton has instituted a Travel Reporting Form for all community members travelling.
UPDATE AS OF 3/13 Creighton University announced a transition to online classes. The University has asked us to continue normal operations with some modifications to promote social distancing and reducing the spread of germs.
Update as of 3/16 - All rec centers are closed. “IN PREPARATION TO BETTER SERVE YOU, WE ARE SUSPENDING ALL RECREATION AND WELLNESS HOURS AND PROGRAMS IMMEDIATELY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THIS WILL ALLOWS US TO DO A DEEP CLEAN, RESPACE EQUIPMENT FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND ADHERE TO BEST PRACTICES.”
Rice University - Tina Villard
3/9 - Spring break has started early for Rice, they will be off for two weeks. Rec, Student Center and other services are open and operating under Spring Break guidelines. We have followed a lot of guidelines as suggested above. Things are moving very quickly.
University of Colorado Colorado Springs - Bill Moorman
From President Kennedy- CU System
“As of this writing, we have had six people on CU campuses tested for COVID-19. Four of those tests came back negative and two are pending. The CDPHE reports nine confirmed cases in Colorado thus far. While none of those are on a CU campus, it would be irresponsible if we did not prepare for the likely event of cases of the virus on our campuses.
We have contingency plans for our fundamental activities in teaching and research and we continue to refine those and additional operational contingencies that arise. It’s important to note that planning for emergencies such as a pandemic are ongoing parts of what we do; they do not just happen when an emergency arises.
We are planning for possible disruptions to our academic and research enterprises, considering implications for housing and dining facilities and looking at what we need to do for some of the larger events we host. We are restricting travel for study abroad and research purposes to countries the CDC has designated Level 3, including China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. We are also requiring authorization for all international travel.”
All non essential staff are working remotely until 5-15-2020, and all students are learning remotely the same..Cal Poly Pomona
As of 3/15
- Campus is pausing all classes effective Friday, March 13th through Tuesday, March 17th so faculty can prepare to teach “virtually” starting Wednesday, March 18th.
- All programs, events and group rentals, including intramural sports leagues, sport club practices and competitions, and group fitness classes, have been cancelled through May 31st. This took effect Thursday, March 12th.
- Until last night, we have continued to stay open regular operating hours for individual workouts and informal open rec.
- Last night, we had a student member become suddenly ill in the building. When EMS responded, they began to treat the student as if they were infected with COVID-19 and communicated that to the staff. Hospital later cleared the student saying the individual did not have the symptoms - no fever only active coughing. In an abundance of care, the staff and remaining members were not allowed to leave the building until all information was gathered and the medical professionals treating the student gave university police the “all-clear”. University is having us contract a team to facilitate a full disinfection of the building. That is starting this afternoon. We are closed through Sunday, for now. All staff scheduled will be paid for their regular work schedule Saturday evening through Sunday.
As of 3/10
- All 23 CSUs and their auxiliaries are suspending all international and non-essential domestic travel until May 31, 2020. We have applied the suspension to all travel including program-related (adventure and scuba trips) and professional development (full-time, GAs and student staff).
- It is “strongly encouraged” that we rescheduling or canceling events that are “less essential or not time sensitive”. We are in the process of evaluating all of our events and programs to determine if we will continue with them as planned with adjustments to mitigate exposure or cancel/reschedule.
- Faculty have been instructed to be prepared to move courses online.
University of Minnesota Twin Cities (George Brown)
Maintaining current Spring Break facility hours (ongoing determined by student staffing capacity)
- Climbing Gym will be closed until March 18th
- All group fitness classes are canceled through March 31st
- All sport club events and activities are canceled through March 31st
- All university fitness classes are canceled through March 31st
- All outdoor trips and clinics are canceled through April 30th
- All learn to swim sessions are canceled through March 31st
- Massage Therapy sessions are suspended indefinitely
- All B-Term intramural leagues and events are canceled for the semester
- Youth Summer Camps will continue as planned with registration still open
All system schools all online course instruction now through 4/30 at minimum. Campus Ops to maintain. Students are encouraged to not return to campus but go home. RecWell determining what can be offered within limited student staffing.
Excellent aggregated site for what IHE are currently doing with updates and communications.
Institutional and Agency Responses to COVID-19 and Additional Resources
University of Minnesota Twin Cities cancels all domestic and international University-funded, non-essential travel effective March 16th-indefinite. A move from in-person to online classes is being con/sidered as campus is on spring break through 3/13/2020. Uncertain of the extent of campus events restrictions at this time but master lists are being compiled for determination.We are uncertain to what extent campus operations will be impacted and what this means for our Recreation and Wellness facilities, classes, and events including sport club operations, matches and events.
One update on cleaning wipes…..the EPA list of recommended disinfectants and wipes for COVID-19 and other Coronaviruses is not complete but offers a good resource to check the strength of your patron and staff recommended wipes. What is variant in these products is the chemical Oxivir which has a significantly faster virucidal kill rate (1 sec) versus many other wipes (up to 10 secs).
University of Maryland, Baltimore (Bill Crockett)
UMB as well as all 12 of the USM schools have joined the list of universities that have restrictions and operational changes due to mitigation and response to COVID-19. UMB has decided on a Phased Approach. We are in Phase 1 and are monitoring the situation. Phase 1 starts the implementation of several factors (social distancing, active monitoring, restricted travel, reduction of face to face meetings, sailing events down, and limiting external user access to campus gatherings/buildings/resources. One item in Phase 1 is the start to prep for phase 2 if implemented.
UMB President’s Message: https://www.umaryland.edu/news/archived-news/march-2020/new-covid-19-policies-for-umb-community.php
Guidelines (Campus Wide): https://files.constantcontact.com/504da196201/2b22cb42-fa7c-4e05-b363-ce0d12e86179.pdf
Our dedicated and talented leaders in Campus Recreation (URecFit) are reviewing how to implement and execute the phases following these directives, CDC, and WHO guidelines. More to follow.
Thank you Alex for getting this started.
The list is not comprehensive but you can see what campuses are in some phase of action and communication (list created by Bryan Alexander and managed at Georgetown Univ). https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19wJZekxpewDQmApULkvZRBpBwcnd5gZlZF2SEU2WQD8/edit#gid=0 (from NPR at https://www.npr.org/2020/03/09/813750481/more-than-20-colleges-cancel-in-person-classes-in-response-to-coronavirus)
Here is another list compiled of online teaching resources from various Universities. Maybe there are some that could apply to co-circ and other learning offerings that could be delivered through Campus Rec or other student affairs areas. Credit to DePaul University
Adding that we need to be thinking about our staff (professional, part-time, and student) that many are also parents and the impact to K-12 will ripple in planning day care or child supervision needs. So are over 1,000 K-12 schools that have had some form of closure. Here is the current list: https://www.edweek.org/ew/section/multimedia/map-coronavirus-and-school-closures.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news2&M=59067181&U=1002071&UUID=03ec3bcc679bb1234d10b1ba2bef0a55&override=web
Let’s not forget about the rock stars who are on our frontlines keeping our facilities sanitized and being tasked with increased frequency of touch and care. So true in our facilities as in K-12. https://www.weareteachers.com/thank-you-to-the-school-custodian/
Loyola University Maryland (Bryan Haunert)
Loyola made the decision yesterday (March 10) to stop all face to face instruction as of Wednesday, March 11 until at least April 1st. Students are being encouraged to go home. Our campus recreation facility (Fitness and Aquatic Center) has closed for the duration of this time. This decision was made after discussions with the Director of Student Health and various stakeholders on campus.
We have been able to come to an agreement for trading of services with a local fitness club chain for our members (faculty, staff, alumni, etc.) to utilize during our closure. This will save us a significant amount of money from possible refunds and credits for our paying members.
Here is a link to the information put out by the university yesterday: Emergency Information
Virginia Commonwealth University
(Anthony Muscatello) 3/13
VCU Recreational Sports has just published several university approved messages including a quick flyer. We have also added content to our social media reiterating the need for our members to be responsible participants (cleaning equipment, washing hands, etc). Our facilities serve students, as well as faculty/staff and community, and our messaging references back to the university’s COVID-19 site and our university health systems’ page. As of this message, we have not cancelled in person classes or Rec Sports’ programming. Our students are also on spring break and the confirmed cases in Virginia are low. We are preparing messaging for our paying non-student members in preparation of a shutdown. We anticipate extending membership periods for the duration of the closure.
(Michael Potter) 3/13 - updated
Sport Clubs practices, events, and trips have been cancelled for the remainder of the Spring Semester. Working on conducting trainings and meetings online while transitioning all paperwork to be submitted electronically.
Intramural Sports has cancelled all in person programming but is hoping to offer E-sports programming through Geeks.
Fitness is going to promote remote/tele-programming by companies that currently offer these types of classes.
All other formal programming is cancelled for the remainder of the semester, and we will have substantially augmented facility hours.
Knoxville, TN (Philip Ems) 3/11
At this time, there have been no cases of the virus diagnosed at Pellissippi State. Here’s what we’re doing at Pellissippi State to stay on top of coronavirus:
- The College’s Emergency Management Team (EMT) has been meeting regularly and will continue to meet regularly until the situation is resolved.
- We are monitoring and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Tennessee Department of Health and the Knox County Health Department.
- We are developing plans to offer classes remotely and for employees to work from home, should the need arise.
- All public spaces at each campus will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected during the week of March 16 while many are gone for Spring Break.
- Per the Tennessee Board of Regents, all college-related trips to California and Washington during March are suspended.
The University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS (Jason Darby)
As of this morning, Mississippi has yet to have a reported case of COVID-19. However, we are located about an hour from Louisiana, which has had cases reported. As of March 9th, all university-sponsored travel has been suspended, regardless of the mode of transportation. At the very least, the travel restrictions are in place through April 1st. Athletic teams competing are exempt from this policy. For our department specifically, this includes all sport club travel, even within the state, and outdoor adventure trips. With spring break next week, the university is urging students and staff to register their travel and location with the university.
Our student affairs leadership team also has a meeting tomorrow regarding conference and event services here at the university and the impact COVID-19 may have on this moving forward.
We also had a meeting two weeks ago regarding a university student group who had recently returned from South Korea which was receiving backlash from the public and community regarding their trip. They flew out the day South Korea was upgraded to a CDC Alert Level 2, and under instructions from the CDC self-monitored for the 14-day observation period and were in consistent contact with our health center on campus.
Mississippi’s IHL Board has instructed all state institutions to extend their spring break an extra week allowing for faculty to prepare for all coursework to be distributed in an online medium beginning March 30th. In addition, all athletic events for the spring are suspended per Conference USA. All university events exceeding fifty attendees will no longer take place.
From a campus recreation standpoint, we will likely be moving to adjusted hours following the spring break extension. (We were already having adjusted spring break hours). It is likely that all programming aspects will be suspended beginning March 30th, including outdoor adventure trips, group exercise classes, intramurals, club sport activities, and personal training. All events we were hosting in our facility exceeding the 50 attendees have been canceled. Pool and climbing wall parties will be handled on a case by case basis, depending on size and availability of staff. Will confirm once the decision is officially passed down to us.
Yesterday afternoon the decision was passed down from university leadership that our facility would be closing effective at the end of the day on March 17th. We will temporarily open from 11am-1pm and 5pm-6pm this Friday for patrons to access their lockers in the event they need to retrieve personal items. We were instructed to plan as if we would not be reopening our facility until after April 30th, but to be available as this could change. Currently, select staff have been approved to work remotely from home in a capacity to promote and engage in digital recreation and fitness opportunities for our students, staff, and faculty. Those approved are myself, our director, our intramural coordinator, Assistant Director for Marketing, and two graduate assistants (fitness and marketing). The remainder of our professional staff are placed on administrative leave. Our other four graduate assistants have been reassigned to other campus departments that are still operational in order to assure they will still receive a stipend.
USM COVID-19 Response and Information: https://www.usm.edu/provost/coronavirus.php
Student Health Services Monitoring at USM: https://www.usm.edu/student-health-services/monitoring_coronavirus.php
James Madison University (Bob Golson)
JMU is currently on Spring Break. There are no reported cases on campus or in our community. JMU will not hold-in person classes the week of March 16, beginning on March 23 most classes will move to online until April 5. An update will be made on March 27. University Recreation (UREC) has not yet made a final decision, however has plans to operate under Spring Break hours (11am-2pm, 4pm-7pm Mon-Thurs & 11am-2pm Friday) during the week of March 16. Updates to follow.
Northern Illinois University (Chris Dawe)
Extended spring break one more week to get ready for "non face-to-face" instruction the following two weeks. Intention to return to normal Apr 6 if possible. Travel ban to level III countries and "prefer to defer" for all other travel.
Communications coming mainly from Provost's office at this time mainly related to travel and personal health; hoping to have more influence to the messaging with our wellness/health education folks, but good thing is they are relying heavily on CDC as a reputable source for everything;
Recreation and Wellness deemed an "essential service" and will maintain spring break level of service throughout the next 3 weeks. Focus on increasing frequency and diligence of cleaning (both our staff and custodial), availability of hand sanitizer, adding equipment disinfectant wipes, messaging about users cleaning their equipment, washing hands and healthy behavior signage. Also discussing business continuity (if we lose too many staff) and potential closure planning (if University makes that decision).
Minimal programming for next 3 weeks. Maintaining some fitness classes for all the employees on campus, but changing practices to maintain social distancing and limit equipment sharing, etc. Recommending (but not yet mandating) all club travel be postponed.
Butler University (Josh Downing)
Extended Spring Break until March 18. On-line instruction through April 4. University will reasses if it needs to continue beyond April 4. All university travel domestic and international has been suspended until further notice.
Recreation & Wellness will operate on reduced hours with programs and services cancelled. Discussing business continuity with student staff not on campus. Will make a decision for beyond March 18 in the coming days. All Club Sports travel has been suspended.
Update (3/12/20, 2p) We are closing the activity spaces beginning at 8p of our Health and Recreation Complex. We will remain closed until at least April 4.
Update (3/19/20) We will remain closed until further notice. All full time staff are working remotely.
University of Colorado, Denver (Kyle Ginley)
Thursday March 12 - It was announced yesterday that our campus (along with other CU System schools) will be moving to remote learning. CU Denver is testing that in the next week and half with a full implementation by March 30th. Classes are expected to remain online through the remainder of the semester. Our spring break reduced hours begin Saturday March 21st. We plan to operate as scheduled until then and will reassess in the next few weeks.
As of now, we have cancelled our spring break outdoor trip and a large group workout, all other programs are scheduled to continue as planned. We have added information concerning COVID-19 and our university’s COVID-19 website to our digital signage. We are currently developing plans to operate at 40% staffing should that need arise, especially as a commuter campus with very few students living on campus.
Update 3/12 4pm - Beginning spring break (March 21st) we will be moving to reduced hours indefinitely. Those hours will be 7am-6pm M-F and 12pm-5pm Sa-Su. We will be closely monitoring check-ins to see if this needs to be adjusted. All programming after March 21st has been cancelled, including group fitness, intramurals and club sports (we are pending approval for our two nationals qualifying teams to travel) and our nap room will be closed. Our outdoor adventure rental center, climbing wall, pool and wellness suite will all have very reduced hours.
Colgate University - Eli Barrett 3/16
Updated Rec plan: All Recreation and Athletic facilities are CLOSED till further notice. Casual wage staff (desk monitors, lifeguards, fitness instructors, personal trainers) shifts are cancelled and alternative work plans are being discussed and figured out. FT Staff who have offices in the buildings are asked to work from home/remote work.
Northwest College, Powell WY (Haley Sorenson)
3/12--as of now no closures...currently on spring break. Student will be back 3/16---have an all staff meeting tomorrow to discuss next steps for our campus before students come back--we have a team that has been working with health officials in our county and state to set up our protocol. https://www.nwc.edu/emergency-preparedness/ UPDATE--our spring break has been extendedk through Tuesday 3/17 to monitor status and continue pandemic planning before spring classes resume. In-person classes will be transitioned to online for as long as needed. The College is still open and operational, all college activities and events on and off campus are currently being reviewed and evaluated for alternate delivery or rescheduling.
Indiana State University (Brittani Lee)
3/12/20 - University has gone to online courses effective, Saturday, March 14th - Sunday, April 12th. Students are encouraged to leave campus. Programming has been cancelled and travel banned. The Student Recreation Center will remain open for operation. More details to come.
Updates are being communicated here: https://www.indstate.edu/covid-19
Cal Poly (Sarah Hawkins)
3/9/20 - The Chancellor’s Office (oversees all 23 CSU campuses) has decided that all non-essential travel is canceled, effective March 9, 2020. Cal Poly includes club travel:
“For safety, the California State University (CSU) Office of the Chancellor has cancelled all non-essential travel effective immediately until May 31, 2020.
This includes travel for all recognized student organizations (RSOs). All E-Plans (event plan requests) for travel outside of San Luis Obispo County from March 10, 2020, to May 31, 2020, have been cancelled. No new E-Plans for travel during these dates will be approved.”
On-campus/hosted events are still allowed until further notice.
3/12/20 - The Governor of California issues restrictions on events. “ In addition, Governor Gavin Newsom announced last night that California public health officials have issued an updated policy on gatherings to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. The state's public health experts have determined that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines.”
Our campus is open and we are holding classes this week and finals next week in person. Spring break has been extended to two weeks with classes scheduled to resume on April 6 for Spring Quarter. An announcement will be made on 3/25/20 as to whether these classes will be in-person or virtual. Students are being encouraged to stay on-campus/in San Luis Obispo over break because we are geographically isolated and have no confirmed cases in the county.
3/13/20 - All Club Sports home events and practices are canceled. This is an addition to our travel restriction. All campus events over 50 people are canceled and faculty are given the option to move finals online next week.
UC Berkeley (Brigitte Lossing)
UCB Campus Campus News - Coronavirus Updates
Rec Sports Specific steps our department is taking :
1. County shelter mandated beginning Tue, 03/17r. Campus and Rec Sports closed Mon, 3/16 - Tue, 4/07.
- IA cancelled all team activities and closed operations.
1. Recreation facilities remain open with truncated hours. We have enacted "social distancing" by closing every other cardio machine and limiting numbers in the various activity areas. Extra cleaning and supplies deployed throughout. 3.12.20
2. Intramurals are cancelled starting Monday, March 16 through Spring Break. 3.12.20
3. Instructional classes continuing, including youth classes, with "social distancing" in place.
4. Sport Club activities suspended through Spring Break. 3/12/20
5. NIRSA travel is TBD. We will reevaluate once recent survey results are shared. Leaning to cancel. Six pro staff and one grad student booked and registered.
6. Cancelled all events greater than 100 people. All <100 are "fan-less"...
7. Strawberry Canyon Rec Area is a campus quarantine location. No confirmed cases .... yet.
8. Non-student membership refund requests are beginning to arrive.
Will circle back as more info becomes available.
Southern Oregon University - SOU (Hugues Lecomte)
SOU President shared additional measures today at 2:45pm, including remote options during Finals’ week (3/16-20), spring break extended 1 week (3/21-4/05), spring term to start with remote delivery where feasible, recommended remote work for university employees where feasible, non-essential travel cancelled, social distancing of 3 feet or more, and suspension of university-sponsored international programs and trips. Campus remains open.
The Student Recreation Center remains open. Additional cleaning procedures implemented including higher frequency on all hand-held devices/equipment. Temporarily moving away from hand scanners, and handling check-in at the info desk. Sport Clubs travel cancelled. Spring break closure planned 3/21-29. Additional measures TBD.
York College of Pennsylvania (Rachael Finley)
Yesterday (3/12/2020) our campus decided to close campus starting Saturday, 3/14/2020) and move all courses online until Monday, March 30. Thus, our rec center is closed, too, as we do not have any community memberships, we only serve students, faculty, and staff. While this is temporary, we are planning to be closed longer. We’ve collected equipment and staff shirts in case students do not come back. However, all administrators are still expected to work, so we will be doing some deep cleaning while the students are away, which we typically do not do until the summer.
Programming impact: All programs have been cancelled, except 1: Our Sprint 8 Challenge. We are still going to run this program because the workout can be completed and logged anywhere. Our Yoga instructor has started making some videos and we’ll be pushing out well-being options through social media that our community can do and practice from anywhere.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Our institution made a decision last night to start the transition to an online/alternate learning environment. The wording from the email is below. We are meeting today (3/13) to make the appropriate plans/decisions on how the campus is going to react to this information. More to come from us.
- UAB is scheduled for Spring Break the week of March 16-20. UAB’s Spring Break will be extended through at least March 24. Each campus will notify students, faculty and staff when the semester will resume.
- Following Spring Break, UAB students should not return to campus and will continue their course work via distance learning subject to the following limited exceptions:
- international or other students who do not have alternative accommodations;
- students from areas without high-speed internet or other means of receiving remote instruction;
- students with exceptional hardships, or academic, employment, clinical or research requirements that should be reviewed by the respective campuses on a case-by-case basis.
Campus has moved to remote learning through April 3, 2020.
Staff directed to move to remote work starting March 16, 2020 through April 4, 2020.
The UND Wellness Center closed on 3/16 at 12 pm until further notice.
Most, if not all programs are canceled or postponed until at least through April 4, 2020.
The College of New Jersey
Spring break is 3/14 - 3/22 and then starting 3/23 students will be going to online only classes until 4/6. During this time students are not allowed back to campus and all events on campus have been cancelled. Administrative offices are open but if supervisors allow, we can work from home. All recreation and athletic facilities will be closed as of 3/13 at 8:00pm.
We will be trying to provide as much online engagement as possible. We will be sending out workout ideas that don’t need equipment and other useful resources. In order to stay engaged we might be looking at ways to provide esport tournaments, since those can be done remotely.
President Valerie Smith shared the following message on March 17 with the campus community: https://www.swarthmore.edu/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-information
In the interest of the well-being of our entire community, we seek to reduce the number of people on campus while minimizing the impact on the execution of our academic mission. With that in mind, the period of modified College operations and remote learning is extended through the end of the spring semester.
Worcester State University, MA (Dean Bowen)
Campus Communications, https://www.worcester.edu/Public-Health-Information/
Early “Standard Messaging” 3/16/20
As a result of a collaborative decision made by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, Worcester State University Board of Trustees, and the Worcester State University Administration classes, events, and more importantly the Wellness Center will be closed Saturday, March 14, 2020 through Sunday, March 29, 2020. This will include the Indoor Walking Track, DeFeudis Fitness Center, Open Recreation, Group Exercise Classes, Korzec Golf Simulator, Locker Room Use, and the Lancer (Smoothie) Lounge. At this time normal hours of operation are planned to resume on Monday, March 30, 2020.
Worcester State University will be using these next two weeks to develop a plan to resume normal operations to ensure the proactive health of our campus, and surrounding community.
During this extended break time, please continue to use your common sense.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes. (our equipment used in the Fitness Center, Group Exercise Classes, etc)
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.
- Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with others. Simply notify me and I will work to find coverage(s) as needed.
We understand that this impacts your current paid membership privileges. Based on your valid dates of membership, we will arrange to extend all memberships based on the impact of this closure.
Follow up Member Communication, 4/10/2020:
I hope you and your families are remaining well and safe during this unprecedented time. I just wanted to check in with you and provide you with some resources and some sort of an update from the Worcester State University Wellness Center.
Worcester State University continues to monitor the pandemic with local, state and national entities, with a primary focus on our student, faculty, and staff well-being. As WSU made the decision in mid-March to extend the spring recess, ultimately allowing for additional time to deploy our technology resources for classes to be held remotely, the Wellness Center shut its doors Friday, March 13. We continue to develop draft plans for when we are able to re-open, but with this current landscape changing rapidly, so do those plans. When we do open our doors again, we will continue to hold the safety of our Wellness Center staff and you, the members, to the same high standards.
There is a strong possibility that when we do open back up that will be operating with modified hours. Based on when this happens, and the state of COVID-19, we will maintain comfortable distances from other members. Some fitness center equipment will be unavailable due to a rotational plan, and to allow my staff and I the opportunity to properly clean and disinfect it.
We are well aware that as a Wellness/Fitness Center and/or Golf member you've been impacted by the closure of the facility. When I have more information, as it relates to re-opening the facility I will reach out to you again. At that time we will be in a better place to offer you the choice to extend your membership or offer you a prorated refund. During our closure we have worked diligently to offer content that is free to all at our Virtual Recreation & Wellness Programming page.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Be Well. Dean
Students will be back on campus in the fall 2020 semester (as scheduled, classes begin 9/2, move in early). Residence will be ~150 less with no room changes. Athletics still unknown. Facility reopening date will follow MA state guidelines (Phase III), hoping for July 13 for at least a pilot test of our new policy, protocol, and procedures. Possibly refunding all non-student memberships (generally open for faculty/staff, community and alumni) to limit the number of people on campus.
Budgets have been released in a quarterly phased approach. All part time student/contractor budget lines have been issued to $0- need to request from Admin & Finance and area VP and needs to be directly related to student support, revenue, and job cannot be performed by FTE’s.
Recent notice on 3/12 that the traditional classes are now going virtual from 3/30 - 4/30
Residential halls and dining services still open for students that are choosing to stay
As of now all Student Affairs employees are expected to work on site. All meetings are recommended to be virtual via webex.
We submitted a list of “essential” employees which is the Director, and 2 assistant directors with facilities oversight and our 2 full time housekeeping/custodial and 2 part time. The rest can be done remotely if teleworking is approved (not yet unless they file ADA).
Campus Rec will be open throughout semester and on Monday, 3/16 decisions will be made for 3/30 - 4/30 (hours of both facilities, types of programs and services, mandated vs. voluntary staff practices “gloves”, etc.
We have our original spring break hours & didn’t want to change for our members:
Monday - Friday 6am - 9pm, Saturdays 8am - 2pm and Sundays 9am - 2pm. Week 2 of spring break (was original university plan to coordinate online classes) is 7am - 7pm.
See hours here
No sport clubs, No personal training, potential intramurals starting 3/30 and potential GE classes that are modified for social distancing - exploring virtual options in all mediums
We currently have 2 clubs that flew out to las vegas and texas and we are keeping in touch to see that they can return. They were told that they shouldn’t travel if sick, they could have to pay out of pocket expenses if their scheduled trips are not available, and that they could be quarantined for 14 days when returning
2 weeks ago we were told to overstock and over order custodial/housekeeping supplies & increase shifts for high touch points and community spaces. We also ordered more fitness wipes and provided large hand sanitizers on our outdoor intramural field.
The Wellness Center will remain open without changes to operating procedures. The university as a whole, including residence halls and dining options will remain open, too.
*We are possibly coordinating with NIRSA and Born This Way Foundation and Give Something Back to have a live stream kindness & mental health panel that will be recorded and made available on youtube for later viewing
We are virtual classes for the remainder of the semester. Here are the plans we have put into place:
- We have reduced our hours of operation to 6am-8pm today, this weekend hours are 12pm-6pm. Next week we will be Mon-Fri, 7am-7pm. We are unsure of weekends because we will not be allowed to use students at all after 3/19.
- All program rooms are closed. This is our Group Fitness Room, Multi-purpose Room, Dance Studio and Martial Arts Room. Main Gym Floor is now closed because we are using this space for Move Out with housing
- Fitness Center, Squash Courts, and Pool are open. Pool has limited hours
- We are requiring every other machine be used in our fitness center with Do Not Use signs posted on equipment.
- We also have signs up reminding everyone of social distancing and to clean equipment BEFORE and AFTER use. We made all signs posters, and place in awkward spots so that they cannot avoid them.
- Staff are all wearing gloves and disinfecting all surfaces and items that may be checked out.
- Intramurals, Clubs, Group Fitness, and Instructional Classes are all canceled.
- Our building services custodians are cleaning all touch points and high traffic areas several times a day
Boston College (Rebecca Cegledy- firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Cancel all on-campus classes, effective, March 12, through the end of the semester, including finals, and move to online instruction starting Thursday, March 19;
- Close University residence halls and require students to vacate their rooms starting Thursday, March 12, at 3:00 p.m., and ending Sunday, March 15, at 9:00 p.m. Those who cannot return to their homes because of international travel restrictions, serious personal reasons, or University obligations must obtain written permission from the Office of Residential Life to remain in University housing. (They will likely need to relocate from their current room or apartment);
- Suspend on-campus academic events as well as University-sponsored travel to international and domestic locations, unless approved by the Provost, Executive Vice President, or the Office of the President.
All other University operations will continue at this time, and any changes will be communicated as necessary.
Regular hours through Saturday, March 14
Beginning Sunday, March 15th Connell Rec Center:
Monday- Friday 6am-8:45pm
Effective Friday, March 13th pool hours will change to:
Monday-Friday 6am-9am, 11:30am-1:30pm, and 4:30pm-6:30pm
Satellite facility is closed at this time.
All Campus Recreation programming has been cancelled at this time, including:
Club Sport Activities (Including games, travel, and practices), Intramural Sports, Outdoor Adventure Trips and Clinics, Instructional Programming (including Aquatics learn to swim private and group lessons), Group Fitness Classes, and Personal and Small Group Training.
The College at Brockport - SUNY
We are going into spring break. We are operating on our non-academic hours for break and beyond (less hours). Monroe County will not allow events of 50. However the College does not feel that the fitness center is an event, therefore we are operating allowing 50% capacity. We are allowing those who have memberships and students to use the fitness center. No guest passes are being sold. The ice arena has been shutdown and all off campus events are cancelled until April 13, with a review on March 30th. I have put a student crew to do a full clean daily in the fitness center and have turned off every other cardio piece for social distancing. Club Sports are done for the year. We are collecting all equipment and apparel. Once uniforms are turned in, we will also clean them. Group ex classes and limited IM's are still undecided.
Close to 80% of our student employees have indicated they are staying or returning after break. Unfortunately, I will only be able to hire less than half back. I will be sending a message out mid-break regarding this issue. Waiting to see if things change in the next few days. I am currently putting a cost estimate together, as we are a department which relies on revenue from rentals, memberships, etc.
The University of Idaho - Rusty Vineyard
We are monitoring the situation daily and making decisions as needed while following the guidance of Idaho health authorities and University of Idaho leadership. Right now our directive is to stay the course.
University of Oregon - Brent Harrison
As of 12pm on 3/13/20; below is current information and answers to frequently asked questions.
Is the Student Rec Center planning to remain open?
The Student Rec Center is planning to remain open during finals week, Spring Break, and the first three weeks of spring term with slightly modified operating hours. To view the detailed schedule, please visit our facility hours webpage.
Projected operating hours (all subject to change):
· 3/14-3/15: 10am-8pm
· Finals week: 3/16-3/20 6am – 8pm
· Spring Break: Monday 3/23 12-8, 3/24-3/25 Tu-Fri 10-8
· SRC Closed: March 21, 22, 28, 29
· Weeks 1-3 (3/30 - 4/17): 6am – 8pm M-F, 9am-8pm Sa-Sun
Tennis Center will be closed to Open Rec use until further notice; the outdoor tennis courts will be available outside of Intercollegiate Athletic use
Is it safe to visit the Student Rec Center? Brent, this long answer...wow
Short answer: PE and Rec are taking precautions to limit viral and bacterial exposure within the facility, including regularly disinfecting high-touch points, conducting deep cleaning, and encouraging visitors to personally protect themselves through wiping down equipment before and after use. We encourage you to continue to follow CDC guidelines when planning your visit to the Rec.
Longer answer: Due to the nature of, and the high traffic within, the Student Recreation Center, viral and bacterial contamination are combatted on a daily basis. Our in-house custodial staff are keen on cleaning procedures that are specific to our facility and its specialty equipment and surfaces. The staff working at the desks within the lobby have cleaning responsibilities that involve our high-touch points such as the hand scanners, table top surfaces, and door handles. These touch points are cleaned/disinfected 2-3 times every hour. Our staff working in the fitness spaces have cleaning assignments every hour of their shift, which leads to every piece of fitness equipment being cleaned multiple times per day. All staff members are using Halt, a hospital grade, one-step cleaner that is a viricidal, mildewcidal, fungicidal, and disinfectant used in healthcare and other facilities where cleaning and prevention of cross-contamination are critical. We have also been in contact with our supplier and have been reassured that this product will be effective against the Coronavirus.
Restrooms and locker rooms are cleaned twice daily. Procedures for cleaning include removing any soil from surfaces with a neutral cleaner followed by disinfecting all surfaces with the Halt product mentioned above. Toilets are cleaned with a commercial toilet bowl cleaner and then also disinfected with Halt. Stainless steel cleaner is also used on the fixtures and finishes that contain stainless steel.
We encourage our patrons to clean fitness equipment before and after use for their own personal protection. The same disinfectant described above is available at numerous self-help stations throughout our facility for our patrons to use. According to the CDC, the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another. It is not thought that the main way the virus spreads is from contacting a contaminated surface or object, however personal precautions should be taken by individuals to protect themselves. When in a public place that has high-touch points, individuals should be mindful not to touch their mouth, nose, or eyes. Additionally, people should make it a priority to wash their hands after using the facility/equipment.
Is my PE class still running?
Most PE classes will run as scheduled spring term, with the first three weeks being delivered remotely. Instructors will be communicating with students who are signed up for PE classes via Canvas with additional information specific to their class. A select few classes will be canceled, and students enrolled in those classes will receive communication about options for reenrolling in another PE class.
Canceled classes: Lifeguarding, Ariel Silks courses, OPP courses with outings requirements
If I signed up for a PE class for non-credit, what are my options?
You are welcome to take the PE class remotely for the first 3 weeks and join in person when classes reconvene. If you would like a full refund, please visit the Service Center Desk or email Trish at email@example.com by April 10th.
Are Group X and Webfoot CrossFit Classes running?
Yes, Group X and Webfoot CrossFit classes are running with a limited schedule. Please check the fitness schedule for options.
Are Intramural Sports running?
Spring term Intramural Sports will be delayed until at least week 4, with the potential for shortened seasons or tournaments being added.
Can I still schedule personal training?
Yes, if you are healthy and feeling well you can have personal training sessions, your trainer will implement social distancing measures for health & safety precautions.
Is the Rock Wall open?
The rock wall will be closed finals week and spring break week; we will reassess to determine if there can be limited hours week 1-3 of spring term.
Are youth programs running?
Duck Trails Spring Break Camp has been canceled and full refunds will be issued.
Youth swim lessons spring session 1 is canceled. Parents will be asked to transfer into session 2 or issued full refunds.
Can I get a refund?
If you have purchased a class or program that has been cancelled, or rented space and are no longer able to hold your event, you can request a refund. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
If you have other questions or concerns related to the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), please visit https://www.uoregon.edu/coronavirus and click on the Questions and Concerns button.
Last updated March 16, 2020, at 11:21 a.m.
The Rec Center will remain open with modified hours during finals week, spring break, and the first three weeks of spring term. We're taking precautions to limit viral and bacterial exposure within the facility, including disinfection of high-touch points, deep cleaning, and encouraging visitors to wipe down equipment before and after use. PE and Rec is here to support your wellbeing and urges you to take general precautions, including practicing social distancing, regularly washing your hands, and avoiding visiting the Student Rec Center or other public places if you feel sick.
- All group fitness classes (Group X and Webfoot CrossFit) are canceled until further notice.
- Equipment issue will only be checking out towels; no other equipment will be available until further notice.
- Pickup basketball and other activities which involve frequent contact are prohibited until further notice.
- Spring term intramurals will be delayed until week 4, with the potential for shortened seasons or additional tournaments.
- Personal training is still available for healthy participants with additional social distancing measures.
- Most PE classes will run as scheduled spring term, with the first three weeks being delivered remotely. Non-credit PE class participants are welcome to join remotely for the first 3 weeks and in person when classes reconvene; visit the Service Center Desk or email Trish by April 10 for refunds on non-credit classes. See the UO's Academics and Classes FAQ for more information on remote PE class delivery.
- Duck Trails Spring Break Camp has been canceled and full refunds will be issued.
- The first spring session of youth swim lessons is canceled and parents may choose to transfer children into session 2 or receive a full refund.
- The Rock Wall will be closed over finals week and spring break. Availability during the first three weeks of term is still being determined.
Last updated March 17, 2020, at 5:17 p.m.
The Student Rec Center is closed effective March 18 through at least March 29.
Last updated April 29, 2020, at 9:30 a.m.
The Student Rec Center is closed until further notice.
University of Arizona - Troy Vaughn
Good morning all. On Saturday, we went to abbreviated hours in both of our facilities. Additionally, we just received formal notification that all student and ancillary employees will continue to be paid at the amount of their average work week through the hiatus of them being away. Spring break was extended through tomorrow (Tuesday, March 17) with ALL classes going online starting on March 18.
We are working through processes for refunds and such currently, but are unable to make any announcement at this time regarding this information.
Student professional staff are upbeat and positive at the moment. 90% of our patrons seem pleased and grateful we are open while the other 10% are questioning being open based on the national trend of closures. This is a fluid situation on campus and I am sure changes again are forthcoming.
Above all, please everyone be safe as we all move forward. I will update when updates become available.
Florida State University - David Peters
As of Thursday, March 19th
- Campus Spring Break is March 16-20. All classes to be online after the break.
- On-campus residents were required to register to stay on campus during break. Any students who left Tallahassee for Spring Break were informed not to return to campus (including on-campus housing) and any campus facilities until the campus reopens.
- As of 3/19, all Campus Rec facilities are closed until campus reopens. All planned programs are cancelled.
The University of Rhode Island - Jodi Hawkins
As of Tuesday, March 17th-
For the most up to date information continue to visit Campus Recreation website, social media or call the Rec hotline 401.874.4343. Campus Recreation recognizes this is a fluid situation and encourages all members of the campus community to support each other during this time. We know you have questions, and we are working on answers as we continue to monitor this situation. Thank you for your patience.
- The University will operate an information hotline, and those who have questions may dial 401-874-3082. The hotline will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- The residence halls and dining halls are all open and operational, with all utilities, cleaning and maintenance functioning. The residence halls are not closed, and there are no plans to close them. Residents continue to have access to their rooms and their belongings. We request that all resident students complete the Statement of Intent (which has updated questions about travel), not just those intending to return. It helps us understand the intentions of our students so that we can better plan. This data is shared with various campus offices that provide services to students.
- URI to cancel face-to-face classes the week of March 16 and move remote instruction starting the week of March 23.
- Effective Friday, March 13, 2020, and in accordance with Executive Order 20-03 of the State of Rhode Island, students, faculty and staff arriving in the United States or who have traveled outside the 50 states and the District of Columbia in the past fourteen (14) days must immediately self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days from the date they returned to the U.S. They should not return to campus until the end of the quarantine period.*
- Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in accordance with Executive Order 20-04 of the State of Rhode Island, all events and group gatherings with 25 or more people in attendance are prohibited through March 30, 2020, including those organized by outside community partners hosted on a URI campus. Organizers should consider offering their events via Webex or other alternative methods.
- URI is providing resources to all students and the URI community via regular communication from the University. We have set up a comprehensive website full of timely communications (uri.edu/coronavirus/). Mitigating this crisis as a community is a civic responsibility and as part of the Rhody family we want to enlist the help of you and our students in this fight. Together, we can do this!
- Currently exploring what we can do with our student employees while campus rec facilities are currently closed along with all programs proposed and/or canceled.
- Please think of your health, your friends, the families in your neighborhoods, and the rest of the community, and make smart, safe choices.
- Student Employees - All College Work Student students will receive a paycheck based on the dollar amount in their Financial Aid package. At this point, all other student employees are not receiving a paycheck unless their Direct Supervisor has approved teleworking - all projects and hours worked are tracked in Connect2.
As of Thursday, March 19th -
- Face-to-face spring semester classes suspended - Effective immediately, Thursday, March 19, 2020, all face-to-face classes at all University of Rhode Island campuses will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the spring semester.
- Campus Rec facilities remain closed until further notice.
As of Wednesday, April 6th -
- Based on emerging projections of the continuation of COVID-19 into summer 2020, URI will be unable to offer in-person (i.e., face-to-face) instruction in summer sessions 1, 2, or 3. To date, There is no decision on summer camps, conferences. Face-to-Face 1st year Summer Orientation Program has been canceled. Campus Rec facilities (including specific outdoor facilities) remain closed until further notice.
As of Thursday, April 7th -
- Campus Recreation will be sending information out to all program participants regarding credit balances or refunds for a variety of program offerings (Learn-to-Swim; Private Swim Lessons, B-Day Parties, Leadership and Safety Classes, Aqua Fitness Programs, and Personal Training, W.I.S.E Camp. Intramural Sports is working with IMLeagues with refunds. Based on the team, Club Sport members will be refunded a % of their team dues.
- Governor announced that she plans to extend the following executive orders until May 8th: Business closures: Public recreation and entertainment businesses (e.g., theaters, cinemas, bowling alleys, museums, zoos, etc.) as well as all close-contact businesses (e.g., hair salons, nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, gyms, yoga studios, etc.) will remain closed through May 8, 2020.
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith - Greg Gilliam
As of March 16
- The university is on an extended spring break for two weeks, with senior staff meeting during this time to announce whether students will come back for in person classes afterwards or if we will move all online.
- Currently, the recreation and wellness center is closed
- Intramurals, Sports Clubs, Outdoor Programming, and Group Classes have been suspended at this time
- The recreation center began creating and posting workout videos today from different group classes.
Berkshire Community College - Daryl Shreve
As March 17th
- Facility and all programs are closed starting March 17th for an indefinite period
- All events have been cancelled through the end of April
- Our building operations team is mostly Work Study students, they are all being paid for their weekly shifts as long as we don’t offer any shifts
- We do have a couple of part-time building managers who are not students, we have created some maintenance projects for them to try and keep them getting hours while we are closed
- Full-time staff have the option to come in to work or work remotely. Everyone is currently coming in to work on facility maintenance projects, but again an option is there.
University of Mississippi - Peter Tulchinsky
- Facilities closed March 13 until further notice.
- Professional staff and graduate assistants began telecommuting March 13.
- All sport club programs cancelled for the remainder of spring semester.
- On-line programs (IM, Fitness, Wellness Education) began March 23.
- No institutional compensation program for student employees who are not currently able to work.
- Developing refund procedures for fee-based activities.
- Extending fac/staff and community memberships for duration of facility closure.