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UREC’s COVID-19 Plan

UREC and University Park continue to operate this semester to provide the opportunities for you to maintain your personal fitness/wellness habits and manage stress during this challenging time!

The UREC staff is committed to providing an environment where you can complete your work out safely: to Motivate Madison into Motion with Modifications (which include reduced capacities, mask requirements, spacing of participants and equipment, increased disinfection supplies, navigational flow, and touchless check-in).

Registration, a mask, and the LiveSafe App are required to enter UREC. Learn more below!

UREC Access
  • An active UREC membership utilizing a JAC card, URAC card, or MobileID (download here) is required to participate at UREC and University Park.

  • Advance registration is required to participate at UREC. University Park is open for drop-in use (no registration required).

  • Due to capacity restrictions and operational modifications, at the start of the Fall semester, UREC is not able to offer guest passes, family hours, alumni single day passes, or tours. 
LiveSafe App and Symptom Monitoring
  • Daily Health Screening using the LiveSafe App: Presenting your LiveSafe App green check status with the current date is required for entry into UREC and University Park. Completing the LiveSafe screening prior to arrival to campus or before leaving a Residence Hall is an expectation of all JMU community members. You do not need a JMU e-ID to download or use the app. Download the LiveSafe App and learn more. 

  • Participants must conduct symptom monitoring prior to coming to UREC and must not enter UREC if experiencing one or more of the following: Cough, unusual shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100.4 or above, chills, repeated shaking with chills, runny nose or new sinus congestion, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, new gastrointestinal symptoms, new loss of taste or smell.
Participant Expectations
  • Masks:
    • At UREC and University Park, you must wear a mask to gain entry into the facilities. Masks must be a JMU approved form of covering.
    • At UREC, masks must be worn at all times except:
      • When swimming in the pool
      • On cardiovascular 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 must be worn at all times (required inside the fitness zone) except:
      • In selected group exercise/fitness classes or
      • While outdoors alone during physical activity (minimum of 10 feet away from others).
      • This applies to UREC outdoor facilities such as the UREC Turf.

  • Water Bottles: Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own water bottle to hydrate as water fountains are not available for use except the bottle-filler function.

  • Physical Distancing: Physical distancing is a simple and very effective way to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. At UREC, this means:
    • Staying at least six feet apart from others in lines and while walking through UREC
    • Staying at least ten feet apart during exercise 

  • Ensuring a Safe Environment: Participants must take an active role in wiping down of equipment before and after use, frequent hand washing/sanitizing, and following directional signage to ensure a safe environment for all participants and staff. UREC staff will utilize an electrostatic sprayer on select high-touch areas and conduct disinfecting measures in between sessions. We are all in this together.

  • Locker Rooms: Limit time spent in UREC to your workout only. While locker rooms will be open, these are intended for swimmers needing to shower before entering the Aquatics Center, so please plan to come in and exit in your workout attire if possible to reduce traffic in that area. One person is permitted in each small locker bay at a time (two in the larger bays).
Facility Hours

Pre-registration is required to participate at UREC, see below registration and activity information.

Beginning Monday, September 21, UREC and UPARK will have the following adjusted hours:

UREC Fall Hours:

  • Monday–Friday: 6am-11pm
  • Friday: 6am-10pm
  • Saturday: 9am-10pm
  • Sunday: 11am-11pm
  • Pre-registration required - see details below

UPARK Fall Hours:

  • Every day (Sunday-Saturday): 11am-9pm
  • No pre-registration required to participate at UPARK

Please review the UREC Hours page for specific centers and services hours.

How to Register

How to Register for General Admission: Pre-registration for the facility will be required to participate at UREC to ensure capacities are maintained.

  • Sign up for one 30-minute general admission entry time and plan to arrive at UREC at any point within that period of time.
    • For example, if you sign up for a 6:00am-6:30am entry time, you can arrive as early as 6:00am but no later than 6:30am to check-in at the Welcome Center.
  • Registration opens 48 hours in advance of the entry time.
    • For example, if you'd like to register for a 1:00-1:30pm entry time on Wednesday, it will open on at 1:00pm on Monday. 
  • There is no time limit on your stay, however, if you select an evening entry time, ensure it is early enough to complete your workout before the facility closes.
  • Registration is limited to one entry time per person each day.
  • A general admission entry time allows you access to the following spaces and activities on a first-come, first-serve basis: 
    • Fitness center, cardio equipment, running track, walking track, bouldering wall (check Adventure Center hours), lap swimming/multi-purpose pool (check Aquatics Center hours), basketball, volleyball, pickleball, table tennis, and badminton.
  • If you are registered for an activity at UREC (example: a group exercise class), you do not also need to register for a General Admission entry window.

Register for General Admission Here


Cancellation Policies:

  • If you need to cancel your General Admission entry time, make sure to do so at least 30 minutes in advance. Review UREC's cancellation policies for all activities prior to participating.
  • If you do not show up on time or forget to cancel, you will be considered a "no-show participant". 
    • 3 "no-shows" equals losing registration privileges for 2 weeks.
    • 3 additional "no-shows" equals losing registration privileges for the remainder of the semester.

Checking-In at UREC

Be Ready to Check-In!

1. LiveSafe Screening: Have your LiveSafe Daily Health Check-in Status ready to present. A green check is required for entry starting September 28, 2020. Prior to that date, UREC staff can request to check any participant’s LiveSafe status.

2. Confirm your Pre-Registration:

If you're at UREC for General Admission, tell the UREC staff member with an iPad:

  • Your name (be ready to spell it!)
  • Your entry time (you can only check-in during this 30-min time period)

If you're at UREC for an activity such as a Group Exercise class, adventure program, cooking class, academic class, you will check-in at the activity space, but a UREC staff member will verify which activity you are participating in before you enter UREC.

3. Complete your entry: You have two options for a touchless entry experience at UREC:

  1. JACard - you can check-in by swiping your own JACard
  2. Mobile ID - you can check-in using Mobile ID. Make sure to Download Mobile ID and have the myInfo tab open and ready to scan the QR Code.
Activities Available and Modifications

UREC and UPARK Activity Information and Modifications:

  • Fitness Center:
    • There is limited capacity by zones
    • Equipment is spaced to provide social distance
    • Running and walking tracks are open and all walkers and runners must maintain ten feet of physical distancing
    • Personal Training, Fitness Orientations, and Fitness Assessment services will be available

  • Group Exercise:
  • Adventure Center:
    • There will be limited capacity for bouldering only within marked spaces.
    • UREC is not currently offering top-rope climbing due to COVID-19. We look forward to offering this service as soon as it is safe to do so in the future!
    • For adventure equipment rentals, call 540-568-8880 prior to visiting the Adventure Rental Pick-Up/Drop-Off accessible from Driver Drive off University Boulevard
    • Adventure trips will be available with both UREC transportation and drive yourself options

  • Aquatics Center:
    • There is limited capacity
    • The Sauna and Spa are closed
    • Lap swimming is limited to one person per lane (increases to two if both participants are from the same household) with alternate-side lane loading
    • The Multi-Activity Pool is open for use of the fitness channel and two open exercise areas 

  • Cooking Classes and Wellness Lectures:
    • UREC will continue to offer cooking demonstration classes and wellness lectures during Fall 2020.
    • There will be no seating around the center island. Instead, participants will be phsycially distanced throughout the Wellness Instruction Room and will be able to view the cooking demonstration on the large screens in the kitchen. 
    • There will be no food eaten in the classes.

  • Sports & Recreation:
    • Sports such as volleyball, pickleball, table tennis, badminton and racquetball will be permitted in the following reduced formats. Volleyball (2v2), Pickleball (2v2), Badminton (2v2), Table Tennis (1v1) and Racquetball (1v1). All participants will be required to wear a mask during play.
    • No basketball games allowed, this includes 1v1, 2 v 2, 3 v 3 and so on. Up to 5 participants will be allowed at each basket to shoot and play games such as H.O.R.S.E. All participants will be required to wear a mask during play.
    • Equipment will be checked out for these sports and disinfected between each use.

  • Intramural Sports
    • Intramural Sports offerings will shift to smaller tournament-style activities that can be competed in individually or very small groups. Stay tuned for the schedule!

  • Sport Clubs
  • University Park
    • No pre-registration is required to participate at UPARK
    • Enjoy the new outdoor fitness zone!
      • Equipment available in the new fitness area includes: 
        • 2 squat racks
        • 3 platforms
        • 2 flat Olympic benches
        • 1 incline bench
        • 1 decline bench
        • 1 overhead press bench
        • Preacher curl
        • 10 assorted free benches
        • Dumbbells
        • Ground base squat/lunge
        • Back extension
    • Masks must be worn at all times (they are required in the fitness zone) except in selected group exercise/fitness classes or while outdoors alone during physical activity (minimum of 10 feet away from others).
    • Sports such as basketball, sand volleyball, cornhole, soccer, football, tennis are permitted in a reduced format.
    • No pick up games that require face to face offense and defense are allowed (this includes 2v2, 3v3, etc)
    • Equipment may be checked out for these sports and will be disinfected between each use. 

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