Spring Semester Reopening Guidelines & Procedures

Spring Recreation Schedule  •  Reservations  •  Daily Self Health Check  •  Face Coverings  •  Social Distancing  •  Member Services & Turnstile Entrance •  Facilities & Operations  Locker Rooms, Restrooms & Towel Counter  •  Cleaning Measures  •  Cardio & Weights Areas  •  Stretching Areas  Gymnasium/Open Play  •  Track  •  Activity Rooms/RSO Reservations  •  Pools  •  Swim Lessons  •  Recreation Turf Fields  •  Group Fitness Classes  Personal Training  •  Nutrition Advising  •  Sport Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

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Campus Recreation is committed to the health, safety & wellbeing of the campus community. We have been working hard to be able to offer the safest experience we can. We have implemented a number safety measures as per University and State guidelines with the goal of protecting the campus community. During our reopening, we ask for your patience and willingness to learn new ways of doing things. On your first visit, you’ll notice de-densifying, social distancing & disinfecting measures. This includes changes at the front desk & entry turnstiles and modifications to cardio & weights areas and programs & services.

Campus Recreation’s spring semester reopening and continued in-person access to facilities, including the Recreation Center & pools, classes and activities will continue and be planned as public health metrics and State & University protocols allow. Campus Recreation reserves the right to immediately implement policies and/or procedures to protect our patrons and staff. Campus Recreation operations & programming will adhere to the University’s COVID-19 Operational Posture.

We welcome your feedback as we work to improve your overall experience while limiting the spread of COVID-19. Together we can protect UMass!


Spring Recreation Schedule – TBD Per Campus Operational Posture

Recreation Center
Monday- Friday 7am-9pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am-9pm

Curry Hicks Pool
Monday-Friday 7:00am - 9:00am & 4:00pm - 7:00pm Lap
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11:00am - 1:00pm Lap
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00am - 2:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm - 5:00pm Lap
Sunday 12:00pm - 7:30pm Lap

Wellbeing Wednesdays (February 24 & April 14) TBA
Final Exam Schedule (Wednesday, May 5-Wednesday, May 12) TBA

Recreation Center Reservation Required through IMLeagues

Facility usage and all in-person programming will require:

  • Proof of compliance with University testing protocols via the Campus Health Hub. Participants must show the green checkmark for entry to the Recreation Center.
  • Reservation for a workout block and/or group fitness class required through IMLeagues.

Participants will need to have an account on IMLeagues.
To create an account: Go to IMleagues and click Create Account; enter your information (You must use your school email address @umass.edu); Click Submit.

IMLeagues App
Download the IMLeagues app free from the App Store or Googleplay and register for workout blocks, group fitness classes and special activities using your mobile device.

For more detailed group fitness class registration information:
Fitness Class Registration through IMLeagues

Recreation Center Live Usage/Counts - see Recreation Center usage & capacity

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Protect Yourself. Protect Others. Protect UMass.

Daily Self Health Check

The Daily Self-Check should be conducted before coming to campus or leaving a residence hall each day. Access the Campus Health Hub to conduct the Daily Self-Check. Please take responsibility for your own health and safety and act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around you consistent with the Interim Pandemic Policy.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required at all times when using the Recreation Center, even while exercising. Face coverings must be worn correctly by covering the nose & mouth. 

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Social Distancing

Social distancing measures have been implemented for operations and programming. Simply put - social distancing means that people stay far enough away from each other so that the coronavirus cannot spread from one person to another.

Member Services & Turnstile Entrance

  • Green checkmark indicating compliance with the Campus Health Hub is required for entry.
  • Participants must also have a registration through IMLeagues for a workout block and/or group fitness class. You are not required to register for both if you are doing only a workout block or group fitness class on a particular day. However, if you plan to workout in the facility before or after a group fitness class, you will also need to have registered for a workout block and check in at the front desk at your registration time.
  • Recreation Center access will only be available to current UMass students with valid UCard and recreation membership. Graduate and continuing education students must purchase membership.
  • Day/guest passes will not be available.
  • Access will be contactless into the facility.
  • Tours will be not available.

Facilities & Operations

  • Shared equipment not available for checkout at this time: basketballs, volleyballs, badminton & tennis equipment, and boxing hand wraps.
  • Day locks will be available for checkout.
  • Day lockers & cubbies will be available. Members are encouraged to leave valuables at home and bring in only items needed for your workout.
  • Hydration station and water fountains are available for bottle refill only.
  • Equipment and spaces have been modified to meet safe distancing requirements. Please note various signage, floor markings and equipment modifications and respect these new measures.

Locker Rooms, Restrooms & Towel Service

  • For locker rooms, doors have been established for entrance only & exit only to assist with traffic flow. Please follow signs & instructions.
  • Patrons are asked to follow social distancing guidelines in locker rooms and restrooms.
  • Showers are available subject to capacity limits as per State requirements; showers not for use will be designated offline.
  • Workout, shower and cleaning towels are available at equipment checkout.

Cleaning Measures

  • Patrons are asked to clean equipment before and after use. Additional cleaning measures will be made available near equipment and in locker rooms.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the Recreation Center.
  • Equipment and high-touch surfaces will be disinfected during operational hours.
  • Custodial Services will continue to clean and disinfect at the end of each business day.
  • Patrons are requested to follow Health Smart Behaviors:

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Cardio & Weights Areas

  • Capacity limits have been implemented in activity areas to comply with State capacity limits.
  • Equipment and spaces have been modified to meet distancing requirements of 14 feet between equipment and participants exercising. Equipment not for use is designated offline.
  • Equipment that has been placed on Xs indicate where the equipment must remain to be used.
  • Some equipment has been moved to other locations.
  • Participants are asked to limit their workout on cardio equipment to 20 minutes so others can use the equipment.
  • Due to social distancing, ‘spotting’ is not permitted.
  • Please note various signage, floor markings and equipment modifications and respect these new measures.
  • To view live counts/capacities in activity areas  [Link to Connect2]

Stretching Areas

  • Blue Xs have been placed on the floor on levels 2 & 3 for stretching & plyo jumps. Xs indicate the location where patrons must be.

Gymnasium / Open Play

  • Full court & half-court basketball games are not permitted; only shoot-a-round limited to maximum 3 people per half court adhering to social distancing requirements.
  • Badminton singles play is permitted. Doubles play is not permitted.
  • Patrons should bring their own equipment, such as basketballs and badminton racquets, as these shared items will not be available at equipment checkout.
  • Some equipment, such as stretching mats & plyo boxes, have been moved to the north & south ends of the gymnasium for usage. Xs mark the location where patrons must be.
  • To view live counts/capacities in activity areas  [Link to Connect2]

Track

  • Capacity limits have been implemented to comply with social distancing. 3 people are permitted per lane at a time, observing social distancing.
  • Four rowers have been moved to the corners of the track.

Activity Rooms / RSO Reservations

  • Due to capacity limitations in the building, activity rooms will not be available for reservation at the beginning of the spring semester. Campus Recreation will reevaluate RSO usage as the semester progresses.
  • Reservations will only be approved for active student groups that are determined to be able to maintain social distancing requirements.

Pools

  • Face coverings are required on the deck of the pool. Face coverings should be removed before entering the pool.
  • Lap swim only with one swimmer per lane. Participants are requested to limit their lap swim workout to 20 minutes when others are waiting for a lane.
  • Social distancing applies to deck areas, locker rooms and restrooms.
  • Showers are available subject to capacity limits as per State requirements. Showers not for use will be designated offline.
  • Swimmers should bring own towel and personal equipment (e.g. goggles, cap).
  • Limited use of shared equipment (e.g. kickboards) to one individual at a time and disinfect between uses.

Swim Lessons

  • Swim lessons will not be offered at this time. As the semester progresses and conditions and staffing allow, Campus Recreation will reevaluate.

Recreation Turf Fields

  • Initially, the Recreation Turf Fields will be used by club and intramural sports only.
  • As the semester progresses, the fields will be open for general use subject to scheduling limitations and weather conditions.
  • Usage reservations through IMLeagues will be required; numbers and the types of activities permitted will be limited.
  • The fields may be used for group fitness programming.

Group Fitness Classes

  • In-person and virtual classes will be offered. In-person and virtual classes require reservations. Go to IMLeagues for classes and registration information.
  • You are not required to also register for a workout block to access the facility if you are coming to the Recreation Center only for a group fitness class. However, if you plan to use the facility before or after a group fitness class, you are required to have also registered for a workout block and check in at the front desk at your registration time.
  • Classes will be adjusted to comply with State capacity limits.
  • Equipment will be set up by the instructor before the class.
  • Class attendees are required to wipe down equipment before and after use, as well as return equipment to its proper location.
  • Patrons must bring own yoga mats.
  • Face coverings are required during classes.

Personal Training

  • Personal training will not be offered at this time. As the semester progresses and conditions and staffing allow, Campus Recreation will reevaluate.

Nutrition Advising

  • Virtual sessions will be coordinated between the client & advisor.
  • Sign up for free nutrition advising here.

Sport Programs

  • No club sport competitions. For more information, go here.
  • Practices/workout plans should be submitted to Campus Pulse.
  • Limited in-person and virtual intramural sport activities will be offered as the semester progresses. Participation requires registration through IMLeagues. Go to IMLeagues for activities and registration information.

Frequently Asked Questions
 

Are masks required inside the Recreation Center?

Yes. Face coverings are required at all times indoors (even while exercising) with the exception of being in water. Campus Recreation expects that all members will take responsibility for their own health and safety and act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around them consistent with University expectations. Face coverings must be worn properly by covering the nose & mouth.

How are you taking care of the Recreation Center to ensure safety for patrons?

De-densifying, social distancing and disinfecting. We can do this together. We have installed protective barriers at the front desk and equipment checkout. Entry through the turnstile and checking out locks & towels is contactless. We have taken equipment offline or moved to other locations to adhere to social distancing. We have added cleaning products in fitness & weights areas.

Who will be able to access the Recreation Center?

To help limit population and de-densify campus, access to the Recreation Center will only be available to current UMass students with valid UCard with recreation membership. Graduate and continuing education students must purchase recreation membership. At this time, memberships will not be available to faculty/staff, retirees, associates and alumni. We hope to have our other members back in the near future.

Are guest passes available for the Recreation Center or pools?

At this time, no guests are permitted to access recreation facilities.

Are there limits on the number of people who can come into the Recreation Center?

Yes, to comply with State capacity limits and square feet/person guidelines, we have set a capacity limit for the building and implemented reduced numbers in all activity areas.

Do I need a reservation to come to the Recreation Center?

Yes. Due to reduced capacity requirements, participants will need to register for a workout block through IMLeagues. We have added a link to live counts & capacities on our website so that you can see in real time how busy various areas are.

Are the locker rooms and showers available in the Recreation Center?

Yes, locker rooms are open. Towel service is available at equipment checkout. Restrooms are also open. Showers are available; however, some showers will be closed to comply with capacity limits as per State requirements; showers not for use will be designated offline. We encourage patrons to only bring what you need, do your workout, and exit the facility so that other patrons can use the Recreation Center. Remember – capacity is limited.

Are lockers available to rent at the Recreation Center?

Yes, rental lockers will be available; however, rentals will be limited due to social distancing requirements.

Will you have group fitness classes?

Yes. Campus Recreation will offer in-person and virtual classes. A reservation through IMLeagues is required to take a class.

If I register for a group fitness class, do I also need a reservation to enter the Recreation Center?

No. You are not required to also register for a workout block to access the facility if you are coming to the Recreation Center only for a group fitness class. However, if you plan to use the facility before or after a group fitness class, you are required to also have registered for a workout block and check in at the front desk at your registration time.

Will intramural sports be offered?

Yes. There will be virtual competitions as well as limited in-person activities depending on how the semester progresses.

Can my club sport team practice?

It depends. Each a club sport has been assigned a risk category as per State guidelines. Some risk levels allow for modified practices, while other risk levels only permit distanced workouts. Reach out to your advisor for more information.

Might there be a time that the Recreation Center would close due to a positive test?

A confirmed positive test of a worker, participant, vendor or other individual as a result of contact tracing that directly impacts Recreation Center operations may result in a closure of a determined time for cleaning & disinfecting of the workplace in accordance with Federal, State & University guidance & protocols. Changes to the recreation schedule will be posted on our website. Campus Recreation also posts updates on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and IMLeagues.

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Might there be a time that the Recreation Center would close due to University decisions/actions?

Campus Recreation operations & programming will adhere to the University’s COVID-19 Operational Posture. Campus Recreation’s spring semester reopening and continued in-person access to facilities, including the Recreation Center & pools, classes and activities will continue and be planned as public health metrics and State & University protocols allow.


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