Summer 2020 Operations Through August 6, 2020

The Campus Center will remain closed through August 6, 2020. The fall 2020 reopening plans and procedures will be in effect beginning August 7, 2020. All UREC professionals staff will be accessible via email and will be back in the office by August 3, 2020. For questions, please email urec@westga.edu.

Fall 2020 University Recreation Operations

The University of West Georgia, based on guidance from the USG now and in the future, plans to open its campus for all employees and students for the Fall 2020 term. The information listed in UWG’s Return to Work Plan describes UWG’s method for bringing everyone back to campus in a safe and responsible manner. Below, University Recreation has specifically outlined a detailed plan for maintaining patrons' safety throughout all facility operations and program offerings.

What Should I Know Before Visiting the Campus Center?

UREC is dedicated to ensuring that our patrons can safely utilize all services and thus are asking for all patrons to adhere to the following operating procedures.

Campus Center Hours of Operation

The Campus Center hours of operation have been modified for additional disinfecting and cleaning procedures to be implemented including midday closures from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. on the weekdays. For full holiday and special hours throughout the fall semester, visit the UREC Hours of Operation webpage.

  • Monday - Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. (workout spaces closed 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. for additional cleaning procedures)
  • Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (workout spaces closed 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. for additional cleaning procedures)
  • Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 3:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Patron Responsibilities

  • Monitor your symptoms. Please refrain from entering if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past month; currently have, or had within the past two weeks, symptoms of COVID-19; or had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have had COVID-19 within the past 14 days
  • Make a plan. Keep your workouts efficient to limit your daily visits to the Campus Center as much as possible. Minimize cell phone usage while seated on a machine.
    Keep track of the equipment that you touch. Wipe down all of your equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after each use. Disinfectant wipe dispensers are located around the workout areas. A dedicated staff member will monitor overall sanitation and can provide assistance
  • Skip the locker rooms when possible. Please come dressed in proper fitness attire when you come to avoid having to change when possible
  • Bring a water bottle with you.  Water bottle stations will still be available for refills but should be limited as much as possible
  • Keep your distance. Maintain 6 feet of physical distancing throughout the building, especially in the locker rooms. There will be floor markings in select areas to assist with awareness
  • Clean your hands. There are several hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility, please use them often
  • No congregating. You can use a spotter for safety, but no groups larger than two people

Mask Wearing

Effective July 15, 2020, USG institutions will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet of social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to, and is not a substitute for, social distancing.

Face coverings are not required in one’s own residence hall room or suite, when alone in an enclosed office or study room, or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met.

Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff, or students.

Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.

Things to Consider When Exercising With a Mask

  • Consider masks that are breathable, comfortable, moisture-wicking with multi-layer microbial fibers for working outIf you are new to exercising or haven't exercised in a long time, pay extra attention to your breathing and recovery.
  • Give your body extra time to adapt to change in the flow of oxygen when working out with a maskIf you do feel lightheaded, dizzy, or extremely short of breath when working out with a mask, you should sit down, notify staff, and take a break.
  • Consult with your doctor before working out with a mask if you have any underlying issues

General Cleaning Procedures

  • Staff regularly cleans the fitness floor in zones throughout the day so all equipment/spaces are cleaned consistently
  • Staff will disinfect all high-touch surfaces and lounge/seating areas every 2 hours
  • The Campus Center uses 2XL antibacterial wipes in their wipe stations for workout equipment, Lysol wipes for checkout equipment and/or disinfectant spray
  • All members are encouraged to wipe down equipment before and after every use, and to utilize the hand sanitizer stations provided throughout the facility
  • Each piece of equipment will be wiped down upon the return of each item

How Will Reserving Campus Center Spaces Work?

  • The ballroom, meeting rooms, and outdoor spaces will remain open for reservations. However, the capacities will be limited to adhere to physical distancing guidelines
  • Ballroom 108.1 can have a maximum of 43 people at one time; ballroom 108.2 can have a maximum of 57 people at one time; ballroom 108.3 can have a maximum of 21 people at one time; ballroom 108.4 can have a maximum of 20 people at one time; Full ballroom can have a maximum of 141 people at one time
  • Meeting room 104 can have a maximum of 7 at one time; meeting room 105 can have a maximum of 11 at one time; meeting room 302 can have a maximum of 12 people at one time; meeting room 303 can have a maximum of 10 people at one time
  • When making reservations for the Campus Center, please put an accurate estimate of attendance in the reservation form. If the amount of patrons is over the max capacity, you will be asked to reduce the number of attendees, conduct a virtual event, find a larger space on campus that accommodates your capacity. Events may be canceled if over the max capacity
  • The back gym will be unavailable for reservation requests
  • The front and back patio will remain open for events, but 6 ft physical distancing must be maintained
  • Reservations can still be done through westga.edu/reservewest

Events Cleaning Procedures

Event staff will clean and disinfect all equipment in the ballroom and meeting spaces including but not limited to chairs, tables, mics, laptops, etc. before and after each event.

How Will Campus Center Spaces Operate?

Workout Spaces - Fitness Floor, Functional Training, Multi-Activity Space, Track, Courts

  • Cardio and strength equipment including free weights are available at a limited capacity to increase physical distancing
  • Stretching mats and rollers will now be located behind the equipment desk and are available for checkout while on the fitness floor. These mats may not be used in a group fitness setting
  • Yoga mats, gloves, straps, wrists wraps, and other porous materials are no longer available for checkout/use
  • Basketballs, weight belts, and jump ropes will still be available for checkout at the equipment desk
  • Pick-up games on the front courts and back courts will not be permitted
  • The courts will be restricted to one individual per half-court shooting baskets

Cleaning Procedures

  • Staff regularly cleans the fitness floor in zones throughout the day so all equipment/spaces are cleaned consistently
  • Staff will disinfect all high-touch surfaces and lounge/seating areas every 2 hours
  • The Campus Center uses 2XL antibacterial wipes in their wipe stations for workout equipment, Lysol wipes for checkout equipment and/or disinfectant spray
  • All members are encouraged to wipe down equipment before and after every use, and to utilize the hand sanitizer stations provided throughout the facility
  • Each piece of equipment will be wiped down upon the return of each item

Game Room

  • Board games and card games will be unavailable
  • Gaming computers in the esports arena will be reduced to every other station, and pool tables will be limited.
  • Seating lounges will be limited and cannot be rearranged for any reason.

Cleaning Procedures

  • Game room will be regularly cleaned in zones so all areas are cleaned consistently throughout the day
  • All checked-out equipment will be wiped down after each use

Group Fitness Studios

  • Instructors will communicate class procedures and cleaning instructions at the beginning of each class
  • There will be 30 to 45 minutes between classes for instructors to disinfect and clean studios upon class conclusion, allowing air to circulate out of rooms

Cleaning Procedures

  • Equipment-sharing is not permitted in any group fitness class
  • Mats, blocks, straps, and any other porous equipment will no longer be available for use. Participants may bring their own mat, block, or strap if they wish to use this equipment during the class
  • All users are required to clean equipment after use and encouraged to do so before use
  • Upon exit, participants are asked to place their used cleaning towel in the dirty laundry bin outside the studios
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available in each studio for use

Climbing Wall

  • All climbers will be required to go through a new orientation that covers physical distancing and safety measures
  • A maximum of 8 climbers and 4 staff members will be allowed at a time to adhere to physical distancing guidelines
  • Climbing sessions will be limited to one hour if there are climbers waiting

Cleaning Procedures

  • Climbers will be required to use hand sanitizer or wash hands with soap and water before and after each climbing session
  • Clip-in/auto belay carabiners will be disinfected at the start and end of each day and at a climber’s request
  • Harnesses, shoes, and other rental equipment will be disinfected after each use
  • Community-shared chalk will no longer be offered. If a climber wishes to use chalk, they must bring their own. Chalk sharing will not be allowed
  • All climbing holds will be cleaned before opening each day

WGO Rental Center

  • Rental appointments outside of normal hours of operation may also be made online
  • Reservations can be made online at westga.edu/urec under WGO or at the Climbing Wall

Cleaning Procedures

  • All equipment will be washed/disinfected both before pickup and upon return
  • All equipment used on trips will be thoroughly cleaned before and after each trip

Locker Rooms

  • While locker rooms are open, patrons are strongly encouraged to dress/shower at home to avoid overcrowding
  • Patrons should physically distance themselves from others when in the locker rooms

Cleaning Procedures

  • Patrons will be responsible for spraying down showers after usage. Spray bottles will be provided in each shower
  • Locker rooms are cleaned multiple times per day and during the midday cleaning period

Area Capacities/ Max Participation

First Level

  • Ballroom 108.1 can have a maximum of 43 people at one time
  • Ballroom 108.2 can have a maximum of 57 people at one time
  • Ballroom 108.3 can have a maximum of 21 people at one time
  • Ballroom 108.4 can have a maximum of 20 people at one time
  • Full Ballroom can have a maximum of 141 people at one time
  • Meeting Room 104 can have a maximum of 7 people at one time
  • Meeting Room 105 can have a maximum of 11 people at one time
  • Climbing Wall can have a maximum of 8 climbers and 4 staff members at one time
  • Game Room can have a maximum of 36 people at one time

Second Level

  • Fitness Floor can have a maximum of 77 people at one time
  • Group Fitness Studios can have a maximum of 21 participants per class.
  • WGO Rental Center can have a maximum of 4 people including staff in the lobby with only 1 patron/group allowed in the equipment area at one time
  • Front and Back Courts can have a maximum of one person per half-court shooting baskets

Third Level

  • Meeting room 302 can have a maximum of 12 people at one time
  • Meeting room 303 can have a maximum of 10 people at one time

How Will UREC Program Areas Operate?

Personal Training

  • Register and pay online at myrec.westga.edu for all personal training services
  • Clients will review all safety and distancing procedures that will be taken prior to the initial consultation
  • Trainers will always wear approved facial coverings
  • During the initial consultation, trainers will ensure clients understand and agree to adhere to all safety and distancing guidelines as much as possible
  • Trainers will maintain their physical distance when possible while ensuring the safety of the client as outlined in the certification guidelines held by said trainer
  • Sessions will be adapted to limit the amount of space/items used during a session while still reaching the client’s goals
  • Upon the conclusion of the session, trainers will either ask that the client disinfect each piece of equipment used or will disinfect and clean the equipment themselves using appropriate facility cleaning guidelines

Group Fitness

  • Upon arrival to each class, participants will check in with the instructor and then go to their designated workout area. Each marked workout area adheres to physical distancing guidelines
  • A maximum of 21 participants will be allowed per class. Spots will be given to those who pre-register first, then on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Instructors will communicate class procedures and cleaning instructions at the beginning of each class
  • There will be 30 to 45 minutes between classes for instructors to disinfect and clean studios upon class conclusion, allowing air to circulate out of rooms
  • Each studio will have a staggered start time to mitigate traffic flow during class transitions

Climbing

  • All climbers will be required to go through a new orientation that covers physical distancing and safety measures
  • A maximum of 8 climbers and 4 staff members will be allowed at a time to adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Climbing sessions will be limited to one hour if there are climbers waiting
  • Climbers may not climb on adjacent ropes. There must always be at least one vacant “route-line” between climbers at all times
  • New and beginner climbers will be shown how to secure their harness to the rope using an opposite and opposed clip-in standard with visual inspection from climbing wall staff. Experienced climbers may still tie-in with a figure-eight follow-through knot

WGO Rentals/Trips

  • West Georgia Outdoors will only be open on Fridays for weekend pickup, and Mondays for equipment return from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Rental appointments outside of normal hours of operation may also be made online on our WGO Rental Center page or at the Climbing Wall
  • Occupancy limits for West Georgia Outdoors are limited to 4 people including staff in the lobby with only 1 patron/group allowed in the equipment area at a time
  • Trip schedule will focus on day trips and campus events; student transportation will not be provided until further notice - the exception to this is bicycle transportation

Recreational Sports

  • All recreational sports will be structured as individual or dual sports with the total number of participants not exceeding six
  • A participant will check-in by showing his/her/their valid UWG ID to the rec sports staff onsight while standing on the 6 ft distance marker
  • No more than three student employees will be working at a time and will be wearing appropriate facial coverings while adhering to distancing guidelines
  • Recreational sports will be played outside when possible. Campus Center courts and the game room may be used when participants and staff are less than 10 people
  • No spectators will be allowed in the Campus Center spaces. Spectators may watch outdoor games while staying out of the playing area and adhering to physical distancing guidelines. Staff reserves the right to ensure that physical distancing occurs as much as possible

Cleaning Procedures

  • Staff will frequently disinfect the check-in table and all sport equipment before play, in between games/sets, and after play
  • Anytime equipment will be touched by a new participant, it will be disinfected before and after use
  • Participants will be asked to wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after each use of sporting equipment

Club Sports

  • Students can still submit the Join a Team form on our Club Sport webpage but there will be no in-person tryouts or practices during this time
  • Club teams should follow the guidelines set by CSI for student organizations regarding on-campus meetings, gatherings, and reservations
  • Club sport operations are sport-specific according to the club’s national governing body

This page and our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook will be updated as information is made available. For questions or concerns, please email urec@westga.edu.