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Why is UREC closed in August?

While most of campus was closed, UREC was granted an exception for the test period in July, and will re-open along with the rest of the campus in August. The opening of UREC during July was intended to be a learning experience for our staff, to try out different options for keeping our campus safe during the pandemic at a time when headcounts will be much lower than normal. We tested out different reservation and registration procedures being used around the country to see what might work best for JMU. We also observed things like preferences for equipment, reactions to safety measures, compliance with signs and directions and made observations about our ability to maintain the safety of our participants.

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 will the mask policy be in UREC this Fall?

At all University Recreation facilities, you can enter only if you are wearing your mask, and will be required to wear a mask unless you are swimming in the pool, on cardio vascular equipment, in a racquetball court, or in selected group exercise classes when we return in the Fall. Stretching and strength training WILL require the use of masks. The Governor’s definition of exercise was broad and we have narrowed it down for safety.

What safety measures will be in place this Fall?

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 will maintain 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 will have new fitness opportunities and space to social distance.

  • 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.

Will Sport Clubs and Intramural Sports compete this Fall?

At this time, 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. Intramural Sports offerings will shift to smaller tournament-style activities that can be competed in individually or very small groups.

What will the hours be this Fall and can I come anytime?

UREC and University Park hours will be listed on the Facility Hours feature of the UREC Website. We plan to return closely to our typical hours during the fall semester. These include morning and evening hours.

Pre-registration for the facility will be required to participate at UREC 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.

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

The UREC COVID-19 Plan webpage currently features information about the testing phase and will be updated in August prior to the start of the Fall semester. You can also email and we will respond as quickly as possible!

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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