Student Recreation Center reopens

Tennis Courts and the Student Recreation Center the day before opening after Covid-19 closure on the campus of Washington State University, Thursday, July 16, 2020.

University Recreation is reopening several of its facilities on the WSU Pullman campus in accordance with requirements under Phase 3 of the state’s Safe Start Washington plan.

The Student Recreation Center, Valley Road Playfield and the outdoor Tennis courts will once again be available for members today. The SRC will be open at less than 50 percent capacity. Day passes, guest passes and fitness punch passes will not be available initially.

Participants are required to abide by current health and safety guidelines to utilize these services, with updates available on UREC’s website.

  • Members are asked to stay home if they are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 as defined by the CDC.
  • Physical distancing of at least six feet is required at all times
  • Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times inside indoor facilities and in all outdoor facilities when physical distancing beyond six feet cannot be ensured. Face covering won’t be required in the pool or during fitness classes directed by an instructor when physical distancing can be ensured.
  • Temperature checks will initially be conducted by staff upon entering the SCR. A scanning device is expected to be installed inside SRC to conduct temperature checks later this summer.
  • Each time someone enters a recreation facility, they’ll need to submit a UREC attestation form. A QR code link will be available at each facility for patrons to use on their phones.
  • Recreational equipment must be cleaned before and after each use. UREC is providing Virex spray and new Oxivir wipes for use.

“We’re excited to be able to offer these additional services to students and the campus community,” Joanne Greene, UREC director, said.

Reopening these facilities now also gives UREC an opportunity to fine-tune protocols before a majority of students return in the fall.

Reservations are required for the pool, the climbing wall and the individual workout area found in the Racquetball/Squash Courts and can be made on the UREC website. Additional spaces will likely require reservations closer to the beginning of the fall semester.

Visitors will notice numerous changes since their last trip to the SRC, Greene said. Towel services will not be available, and water fountains have been turned off, though bottle filling stations will be activated.

Full-time and student custodial staff are doing deep cleanings throughout SRC per CDC recommendations, while attendants are disinfecting high touch areas including countertops, door handles as well as weight and cardio equipment throughout the day. Plexiglass barriers have also been installed at point-of-sale locations.

For more information on UREC’s COVID-19 protocols, visit its website.

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