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Reopening Plan & Procedures

All University employees (faculty/staff) and approved family members (spouse/partner or dependents (17 or younger) of students, faculty, or staff) may reactivate or purchase their membership to use the Bowman Gray Memorial Pool starting Friday, October 23rd. 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.

Please read through our Facility Guidelines, current program offerings, as well as our Reopening Plan below. You can also visit our Stay Active at Home page for more resources. We will update this page with more information as it is available. Facility guidelines, reservations, and hours are subject to change at any time. 

Carolina together, we can stay active!

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Updated: October 22, 2020



Facility Guidelines

Before visiting the facility

  • Patrons must make a reservation HERE to visit and use recreation facilities.
    • Rams Head Recreation Center is currently only available to students.
    • 2 hours time-slots are available to be registered for 48 hours in advance.
    • Patrons are only allowed to register for one time-slot each day.
  • Patrons must answer and agree to screening question while making a reservation.
  • Patrons will be encouraged to self-monitor symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath. If these symptoms are present, patrons will be required to refrain from using our facilities. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home.
  • Patrons will need to bring their UNC One Card and confirmation of a reservation.
    • We also encourage patrons to bring a lock, a towel, and a water bottle.
    • Water fountains will be turned off. Bottle refill stations will be available.
    • Equipment such as locks, towels, mats, bands, etc. will NOT be available. 
  • Do not bring food. No food will be allowed in the facility during workout times. 

When you arrive at the facility

  • Patrons must show up before the end of the first hour of their reservation.
  • Upon arrival, patrons will be asked to present their UNC One Card and confirmation of their reservation.
  • 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.
  • Patrons who do not show by the end of the first hour of their reservation will be considered a “no-show.”
  • After 2 “no-shows,” a patron will lose reservation privileges for one week.

While visiting the facility

  • Equipment and spaces will be set 6 to 10 feet apart in our facilities. We expect that all patrons will maintain a similar distance while participating in an activity or in any of the facilities. All equipment should not be moved and remain in place.
  • All patrons 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.
  • All patrons will be required to wear a mask upon entering, moving about the facilities, and exiting.
    • We encourage everyone to wear a mask at all times, but you are not required to during strenuous exercise or activities.
  • All patrons will be encouraged to practice cleaning and hygiene while in our facilities.
    • 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.
    • Patrons will be encouraged to wash hands frequently throughout their time in our facilities, especially after using the equipment.
    • Patrons will wipe and disinfect equipment before and after use.
  • Employees will uphold, and patrons will be expected to abide by, the established occupancies for spaces within our facilities.
  • Patrons are 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.

Available Amenities and Facilities

  • Cardio and strength training equipment at Rams Head
  • Reservations for climbing at the Rams Head 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 
  • Hooke Fields
  • Outdoor courts at the North Campus & South Campus Recreation Complex
  • New memberships for University faculty, staff, and approved family members*
    • 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.

* spouse/partner or dependents (17 or younger) of students, faculty, or staff

Unavailable Amenities and Facilities

  • Indoor facilities besides Bowman Gray and Rams Head
  • Water fountains (bottle refill stations are available)
  • Lock, towel and other equipment checkout at Rams Head
  • Indoor track and basketball courts 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

  • Climb at the Rams Head Climbing Wall
  • Sign up for a 50-minute time slot here

Challenge Course

  • 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

  • Sign up for your FREE 30-min Trainer Talk here
  • Register for 1-on-1 online personal training here

Group Training 

  • Register now for your Heel Fit Group Training pass here

Group Fitness

  • Register for your FREE group fitness class pass here
  • Check out the weekly class schedule here

Sport Programs

Strava Weekly Challenges

  • Join our Strava club and complete our 10-week challenge
  • The Fall 2020 challenge ends on November 15th

Intramural Sports

  • Participate in virtual intramural sports:
    • Virtual Trivia Nights
    • Mobile 8-Ball Pool & Darts
    • Madden, FIFA, & NBA 2K
    • Super Smash Bros & Mario Kart
    • League of Legends
  • View the Fall 2020 Intramural Sports Schedule for dates
  • 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 our office for assistance at 919-843-PLAY or recevents@unc.edu. Our Campus Rec Main Office, located in the SRC, is also open during operating hours. If you would rather reach out to the specific program director for your inquiry, see below:



Our Facilities 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.

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 or face shield under the following circumstances, unless an exception* is noted:
    1. They are or may be within 6 feet of another person.
    2. They are inside of our facility and not actively engaged in physical activity.
    3. They are behind a plastic shield and will not be within 6 feet of another person.
  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.

Stage 1 (September 28th – October 11th)

Stage 1 included reopening Rams Head Recreation Center and continuing to offer lap swimming at Bowman Gray Memorial Pool. 

Stage 2 (October 12th – TBD)

Rams Head Recreation Center and Bowman Gray Memorial Pool

Stage 2 includes expanding the hours of operation for Rams Head Recreation Center, continuing to offer lap swimming at Bowman Gray Memorial Pool, and potentially adding in-person fitness and climbing program offerings. 

  1. Access: Only Students have access to Ram’s Head Recreation Center. Students and employees have access to the pool.
  2. Activities: Cardio, strength, and flexibility training, as well as fitness programming will be available at Ram’s Head. Climbing programming is also available at the climbing wall in Ram’s Head. Lap swimming is available at Bowman Gray Memorial Pool.
  3. Availability: Open for two hour time-slots. Closed for one hour of cleaning between. The hours of operation are listed here.

Stage 3 (TBD)

Student Recreation Center, Rams Head Recreation Center, and Bowman Gray Memorial Pool

Stage 3 includes further expanding the hours of operation for Rams Head Recreation Center, our fitness and climbing program offerings, and reopening other indoor facilities.

  1. Access: Only Students have access to Ram’s Head Rec Center & the SRC. Students and employees have access to the pool.
  2. Activities: Cardio, strength, and flexibility training, as well as fitness programming will be available at Ram’s Head & the SRC. Climbing programming is also available at Ram’s Head. Lap swimming is available at Bowman Gray Memorial Pool.
  3. Availability: Open for two hour time-slots. Closed for one hour of cleaning between. The hours of operation are listed here.

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

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 Roadmap for Fall 2020, please go to carolinatogether.unc.edu. For information about COVID-19 from the CDC, please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/