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UREC’s COVID-19 Fall Plan

UREC will reopen August 26, 2020 for the fall semester. Modifications include reduced capacity, spacing of participants and equipment, enhanced disinfection, navigational flow, touchless check-in options, and more.

Registration and masks are required to enter UREC. Learn more below!

UREC Access
Symptom Monitoring
  • 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 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.

  • Water Bottles: Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own water bottle to hydrate as water fountains will not be 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 physical distancing, 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

Saturday, August 1 - Tuesday, August 25: CLOSED

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.

Registration & Activity Information

Fall Registration plans: 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.

Activity Information:

  • Fitness Center:
    • Limited capacity by zones
    • Equipment will be spaced to provide social distance
    • Running and walking tracks will be open and all walkers and runners must maintain ten feet of physical distancing while exercising
  • Group Exercise:
    • Virtual classes will remain available
    • Limited capacity in-person classes will take place in MAC 3 (gym space)
    • Please bring your own mat if you have one
  • Adventure Center:
    • Limited capacity
    • Bouldering only within marked spaces
    • 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. 
  • Aquatics Center:
    • Limited capacity
    • Sauna and Spa closed
    • Lap swimmers will be limited to one per lane (increases to two if both participants are from the same household) with alternate-side lane loading
    • The Multi-Activity Pool will be open for use of the fitness channel and two open exercise areas 
  • Sports & Recreation:
    • Sports such as racquetball, volleyball, pickleball, table tennis, teq-ball, basketball, and soccer will be permitted in a reduced format
    • No open pickup games permitted. Small groups of individuals who know one another and are choosing to participate together may do so following physical distancing guidelines
    • Equipment will be checked out for these sports and disinfected between each use
Registration will open the week of August 24!
Your Feedback is Requested

Participants are encouraged to provide feedback and should expect to experience changes throughout the three weeks as we work toward a safe reopening in the Fall. View the University's Working Plan for the Fall - information about UREC can be found starting on page 8. More information about UREC's Fall plan will be available in August. 

These changes will be communicated on this webpage and by staff at UREC. Thank you for your flexibility and partnership to help us make UREC a safe place for the JMU community in the months to come!

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