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 What is the best way to protect myself from COVID-19 while at UREC?

  • The best ways are to wear a two-layer mask correctly covering your nose and mouth.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from other masked people and 10 feet from anyone that is unmasked for any reason.
  • Assume that surfaces might be contaminated and do not touch your own face (mouth and nose especially) until you have either washed your hands thoroughly or disinfected with a disinfectant solution containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • COVID-19 is not transmitted through sweat!

 What is the mask policy UREC facilities?

At UREC and University Park, you must wear a mask to gain entry into the facilities.

At UREC, masks must be worn at all times except when swimming in the pool, on cardio vascular equipment, taking a shower, or in selected group exercise classes. Stretching, strength training, and use of the track in UREC WILL require the use of masks.

At University Park, masks are required. This includes the entry/pathways at the Gatehouse, in the fitness zone, during competitive play, indoors (ex: restroom) and anytime within 10 ft of another person. You may choose to remove your mask ONLY when you can consistently maintain 10 ft of distance outdoors on courts/fields or in selected group exercise/fitness classes.

 What safety measures are in place?

We utilize information provided by the US Department of Infectious Diseases (part of the CDC) as well as the Virginia Department of Health for guidance in creating our policies and practices.

We are maintaining lower capacities in UREC, University Park, within areas of UREC, and in certain programs. We want to provide as much opportunity as we can safely. Some of our regular participants may choose to participate at University Park, where we have added new fitness opportunities and space to social distance (University Park is open until Thanksgiving Break and reopens mid-spring semester).

  • Touchless entry options will be available at UREC and University Park.
  • Designated entrance and exit routes are marked within the building.
  • We have measured each piece of usable equipment to meet the VDH guidelines for social distancing. The recommendations are based on where the participants nose and mouth will be, not the front or back of the piece of equipment.
  • Water fountains will not be available for use except the bottle-filler function.
  • Wipes will be available for disinfecting equipment before and after use, along with the installation of numerous hand sanitizer stations.
  • UREC staff will utilize an electrostatic sprayer on select high-touch areas and conduct disinfecting measures.

Update 11/19/20: Gov. Ralph Northam announced new regulations to mitigate the spread of the virus in Virginia this week. At UREC, this will limit group exercise classes and other programs for which a registration is required to 25.  

 Are Sport Clubs and Intramural Sports competing?

Sport Clubs can participate in conditioning and individual skill development (following social-distancing guidelines), however, there are no home or away competitions/events being scheduled at this time. View the Sport Clubs Phased Return to Play Guidelines detailing the approach of returning to play.

Intramural Sports offerings have shifted to smaller tournament-style activities that can be competed in individually or very small groups.

 What are the facility hours?

UREC and University Park hours are listed on the Facility Hours feature of the UREC Website

Pre-registration for UREC is required to participate to ensure capacities are maintained. Sign up for one 30-minute swipe-in period each day (for example, if you sign up for the 6am-6:30am time slot, you can arrive as early as 6am but no later than 6:30am to swipe in at the Welcome Center). Stay for the full duration of your workout. If you are participating in the evening, ensure you sign up for a time slot early enough to complete your workout before the facility closes. If you are registered for an activity at UREC (example: a group exercise class), you do not also need to register for a swipe-in period.

University Park does not require pre-registration. 

 Where can I find more info about UREC registration, activities, and participant expectations?

The UREC COVID-19 Plan webpage currently features information about COVID modifications. You can also email and we will respond as quickly as possible!

 What outdoor opportunities exist at JMU?

Now more than ever, it’s time to opt outside! The CDC recommends prioritizing outdoor activities over indoor activities when possible. Staying physically active outside is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy, relieve stress and get some fresh air. JMU is full of great spots for outdoor eating, studying, gathering in small groups, and staying active. View the JMU Outdoor Guide!

 What should I do if I think I have been exposed to COVID-19 and have been at UREC?

If you believe that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and have been to UREC, we encourage you to get yourself tested. If you are a student, testing is available at the University Health Center. You can call them for an appointment at 540-568-6178.

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