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Reopening & Facility Guidelines

Welcome back! We look forward to another semester of staying active together! You must preregister to visit any of our facilities or participate in programming at stayactive.unc.edu. Please visit our hours page and review our Facility Guidelines below. 

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Updated: January 11, 2021


Facility Guidelines

Before visiting the facility

  • You must make a reservation HERE to visit and use recreation facilities.
    • 2 hours time-slots are available to be registered for 48 hours in advance.
    • You are only allowed to register for one time-slot each day.
  • Equipment such as locks, towels, mats, bands, etc. are not available. Bring your own lock, towel and other equipment if needed.
  • Water fountains are turned off. Bottle refill stations are available. Please bring a water bottle. 
  • No food will be allowed in the facility during workout times. 

When you arrive at the facility

  • You must show up before the end of the first hour of your reservation.
  • You will be asked to present your valid UNC One Card and confirmation of a reservation.
  • You will be asked the following questions prior to entering the facility:
    • Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?
    • Are you having symptoms?
    • Have you been exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 or within 48 hours before they developed symptoms? 
    • If you answer ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, you will not be allowed to enter the facility.

While visiting the facility

  • You will be expected to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others while using our facilities.
    • This includes friends, family members, roommates, etc. Even if you arrive together, stay 6 feet apart.
  • You will be required to wear a mask at all times inside the facilities.
  • You will be encouraged to practice cleaning and hygiene while in our facilities.
  • Engage in physical activity with caution. This includes monitoring workout intensity, taking breaks as needed, and setting realistic goals for return to exercising.

Available Amenities and Facilities

  • Cardio and strength training equipment at Rams Head & SRC
  • Reservations for climbing at Rams Head & Fetzer Climbing Wall
  • Lap swimming at the Bowman Gray Memorial Pool
  • Reservations and events at the Challenge Course
  • Trails and disc golf course at the Outdoor Education Center 
  • Hooker Fields
  • Outdoor courts at the North Campus & South Campus Recreation Complex
  • New memberships for University faculty and staff
    • To purchase or reactivate a recreation membership, contact the UNC OneCard Office. You must purchase or reactivate a membership to continue using the recreation facilities on campus. View more information here.

Unavailable Amenities and Facilities

  • Water fountains (bottle refill stations are available)
  • Lock, towel and other equipment checkout
  • Studio B at the SRC
  • Indoor track, basketball courts and multi-purpose room at Rams Head
  • Facility reservations for student organizations and other groups
  • Outdoor equipment rental
  • Guest passes

Woollen Gym is open for Varsity Athletic practice only. Fetzer Hall is open for Varsity Athletic and Sport Club practice only. 


Program and Activity Info

Aquatics

Bowman Gray Memorial Pool

Carolina Adventures

Expeditions

  • Check out our upcoming expeditions and register here

Climbing

  • Register for a 50-minute time slot here

Challenge Course

  • Check out our upcoming special events at the challenge course here
  • Reserve the challenge course for an in-person or virtual program here
  • Visit the multi-use trails or disc golf course at the Outdoor Education Center

Fitness & Wellness

Personal Training

  • Reserve your FREE 30-min FitWell Check here
  • Sign up for 1-on-1 personal training or online programming here

Group Training 

  • Sign up for a 1-day or unlimited Heel Fit Group Training pass here
    • First class is FREE! Use the promo code FREECLASS21 to sign up
  • View the weekly in-person & virtual class schedule here

Group Fitness

  • Check out the weekly in-person & virtual class schedule here
  • Reserve your spot in live in-person & virtual classes here
  • Participate in pre-recorded, on-demand classes here

Sport Programs

Strava Weekly Challenges

  • Join our Strava club and complete our weekly challenges

Intramural Sports

  • Participate in the following over the course of the semester:
    • Virtual Trivia Nights
    • Mobile 8-Ball Pool & Darts
    • Sand Volleyball & Crossnet
    • Super Smash Bros & Mario Kart
    • Rocket League & League of Legends
    • Cornhole & Disc Golf
    • ACC & NCAA Pick Em Tournaments
    • H. O. R. S. E & Soccer Tennis
    • Innertube Foosball & MORE
  • Register for intramural sports and virtual trivia nights here

Sport Clubs

  • View our list of active Sport Clubs and learn more here

If you have questions or concerns about your registration for any of our programs, trips, or services, contact us for assistance at 919-843-PLAY or recevents@unc.edu during operating hours. If you would rather reach out to the specific program director for your inquiry, see below:


Reopening Plan

Campus Recreation provides a diverse and intentional recreation program in a safe, inclusive, and accessible environment which enhances the social, mental, and physical well-being of the entire University community. As we prepare to reopen the environments where recreation activities occur, we recognize that our success is bigger than us. Successfully and safely resuming operations during an active pandemic will require the involvement of the entire community that makes Campus Recreation impactful – our employees and patrons. Our vision for this endeavor captures the spirit of our mission and the community we will empower to make our reentry successful:

To work as a team of employees and patrons to safely reopen Campus Recreation facilities and programs by implementing clear, direct, and specific policies, procedures and training. 

Our strategy is rooted in the ultimate desire for everyone involved in the reopening plan. We want everyone to be safe; therefore, our strategy is SAFE:

  • Social/Physical Distancing
  • Access to Opportunities
  • Follow the Policies
  • Engage with Caution

We provided more information about each component of the strategy below.

Social/Physical Distancing

  1. All equipment will be spaced 6 to 10 feet apart in our facilities. Whenever this is not possible, we will make certain pieces inaccessible to ensure proper social distancing.
  2.  Patrons will be expected to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others while using our facilities. 
    1. This includes friends, family members, roommates, etc. Even if you arrive together, stay 6 feet apart.

Access to Opportunities

  1. 2-hour intervals will be available for reservation in our facilities at stayactive.unc.edu.
    1. The total reservations allowed will coincide with the established capacity for the facility.
    2. Reservations will be available 48 hours in advance.
  2. Patrons must make a reservation prior to using our facilities.
  3. Patrons must show up before the end of the first hour of the workout interval.
    1. Patrons will be asked the following questions prior to entering the facility:
      • Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?
      • Are you having symptoms?
      • Have you been exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 or within 48 hours before they developed symptoms? 
      • If you answer ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, you will not be allowed to enter the facility.
    2. Patrons who do not show by the end of the first hour of the reservation will be considered a “no-show.”
    3. After 2 “no-shows,” a patron will lose reservation privileges for one week.

Follow the Policies

  1. Patrons must wear a mask at all times inside of the facilities.
  2. Patrons will be encouraged to practice cleaning and hygiene while in our facilities.
      1. Our general requirement for hygiene is hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer.
      2. Employees must wash hands immediately upon reporting for work, after contact with individuals, after performing cleaning and disinfecting activities, and frequently throughout scheduled shifts.
      3. Patrons will be encouraged to wash hands frequently throughout their time in our facilities, especially after using the equipment.
      4. Patrons must use hand sanitizer at the entrance to our facilities and will be encouraged to use it when entering or exiting the activity areas.
      5. Patrons and employees will be expected to use tissues for proper cough and sneeze hygiene.
      6. Patrons and employees will wipe and disinfect equipment throughout the reservations. Patrons will be advised to wipe the high contact points following usage of the equipment, while employees will engage in a more detailed process outlined in our cleaning procedures. 
  3. Employees will uphold, and patrons will be expected to abide by, the established occupancies for spaces within our facilities. Max capacities will not surpass those cited in the Interim Guidance for Indoor Fitness Centers and Gym Setting published by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
  4. Patrons will be encouraged to self-monitor symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath. If these symptoms are present, employees and patrons will be required to refrain from using our facilities until:
    1. They have no fever for at least 72 hours since recovery (without the use of fever-reducing medicine), and
    2. Other symptoms have improved, and
    3. At least 14 days have passed since the first symptoms.
  5. After the first willful noncompliance with our policies, the following consequences will be imposed:
    1. Patrons will lose access privileges for the remainder of the semester.

*An exemption to the mask wearing community standard will not typically be considered to be a reasonable accommodation. Individuals with a disability or health condition that prevents them from safely wearing a face mask may seek alternative accommodations through the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (faculty and staff) or Accessibility Resources and Service (students).

Engage with Caution

Since access to indoor recreation facilities has been prohibited during the pandemic, patrons will be encouraged to engage in physical activity with caution.  This includes monitoring their own workout intensity, taking breaks as needed, and setting realistic goals for their return to exercising.

If you have additional questions or concerns, contact us for assistance at 919-843-PLAY or recevents@unc.edu. You can also visit our Campus Rec Main Office, located in the SRC, during operating hours. 


Best Ways To Stay Informed

Please check our website regularly for updates and follow our social media pages on FacebookTwitter or Instagram. To learn more about the University’s plan, including testing information, please go to carolinatogether.unc.edu