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CRW Fall 2020 Operations and Procedures

The following information is to begin to inform the campus community about Campus Recreation and Wellness’s plans for the start of the semester.  Please note these plans may change at any time based on new guidance and will continue to evolve.

COVID-19 information and protocols supersede, but do not disqualify, related CRW information and policies until further notice.  Campus Recreation and Wellness continues to follow the information that is put forth by the University, State of North Carolina and CDC.  Pursuant to the NC Governor's extension of Phase 2 in North Carolina, indoor fitness facilities/areas will remain closed.  The earliest possible date of reopening these areas in the Campus Recreation Center is September 14th, 2020. If you plan to use our facilities, please know we have increased our cleaning in accordance with current guidance.  However, we also expect participants to do their part to help prevent the transmission and spread of COVID-19.  Additionally, we expect everyone to follow the 3 W’s (wear a face covering, wait 6 feet apart, and wash your hands) when in our facilities.

To start the Fall 2020 semester, Campus Recreation and Wellness will have the following programs and services available.

  • Beginning Monday, August 17th, the Campus Recreation Center front desk will be open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm for questions and inquiries or to register for programs.
  • Please continue to check back regarding open swim. Currently, the pool is closed due to maintenance but we hope to be able to offer open swim times by the first day of classes.  Please read the Reid Pool Open Swim protocols below, as reservations will be required and there are some new processes in place.
  • Group Exercise | Group Exercise will be held virtually, with some outdoor classes that meet the physical distancing, mass gathering, and face covering guidelines/mandates. Outdoor classes will have one Group Exercise Instructor and one additional staff member for emergency response and enforcement purposes.  Group Exercise classes will be free on Instagram Live the first week of academic classes at WCU so students/faculty and staff can try the classes before registering for the program.  The Group Exercise schedule will be posted under Fitness and Wellness at prior to the start of academic classes.  To register for our Group Exercise Program, visit
  • Intramural Recreational Sports | Offerings will focus on ESports and games that allow for physical distancing (Cornhole, Lawn Games, etc.). All offerings will be held outdoors meeting the physical distancing, face covering, and mass gathering guidelines/mandates.  The full schedule of fall offerings will be posted at, Intramural Sports (about Intramural Sports) prior to the start of academic classes.  To register for Intramural Recreational Sports, visit
  • Personal Training | Virtual personal training sessions will be available in a limited capacity. Outdoor personal training sessions will also be available with physical distancing and face coverings in place.  To register for personal training, visit 
  • Outdoor Gear Rentals | Outdoor gear rentals will be available Monday-Friday 8am-5pm by reserving your gear in advance online at 
  • Outdoor Programs | Outdoor programs will offer a few on-campus outdoor programs/workshops. The outdoor guide development program (OGDP) will be offered with a limited number of available spots (10 spots).  Workshops for OGDP will either be held outdoors with physical distancing and face coverings or virtually.  To register for these offerings, visit
  • Presentations | CRW will offer virtual presentation opportunities and virtual teambuilding. Individuals can request these services on the website under “special request”
  • Other Programming | CRW will host some special programming like a virtual, physically distanced version of Tuck River Clean-up, the CRW Scrapbook Program, and some social media challenges.  For information on CRW's virtual programs and services, visit our Virtual Programs and Services web page off

Below is some more detailed information on our programs and services.  Information related directly to the Campus Recreation Center will not go into effect until we are able to reopen indoor fitness areas.  

Campus Recreation Center

  • Two fitness areas will be available and a maximum occupancy will be established for each area based on current guidance. One area is located in the previous fitness areas and one area has been created in the basketball court area.  This means the basketball courts are offline for other activities, and the equipment has been moved to allow for social distancing and capacity limitations.
  • The second floor of the Campus Recreation Center and Climbing Wall may be closed for use and will be part of a phased reopening.
  • To ensure a “no contact” entry, participants will enter the Campus Recreation Center by scanning their card and entering through a propped gate.
  • Participants will have access to the bottle filler units on the water fountains, but the water fountains themselves will be offline. Please bring your own bottle to refill.  If you forget your bottle, you can request a disposable cup at the front desk.
  • Locker keys will be available for checkout at the point of sale station at the front desk and should be returned in a “return” container on the climbing wall desk on the way out of the building. This will prevent entering and exiting traffic flow from crossing paths.
  • Participants are expected to wipe down equipment before and after each use, including all touch-points (knobs, upholstery, weight plates, etc.).
  • Participants who plan to shower are expected to spray down their shower thoroughly after each use. Disinfectant spray that meets EPA standards for COVID-19 will be provided near the showers in each CRC locker room.
  • Staff members working in facilities will have on appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for personal safety and the safety of participants.
  • Participants are required to follow University guidelines regarding face coverings and physical distancing.

Reid Pool Open Swim

  • Reid Pool access will be open to WCU students, faculty/staff, alumni, and retirees with a valid CatCard during Open Swim hours. Guest memberships for Reid Pool are suspended until further notice.  Family swim is suspended until further notice.
  • Reservations will be required for Reid Pool due to the limited capacity. Reservations are available through  Please be sure to read reservation instructions and criterion. 
  • Participants are required to follow University guidelines regarding face coverings and physical distancing. However, face coverings can be removed while in the water/pool.
  • All lane lines will be put in the pool during open swim and only one person per lane will be allowed (maximum capacity during open swim hours at any one time is 6 swimmers).
  • To check-in to Reid Pool, participants are asked to show their CatCard to the Lifeguard on duty from a distance and with a face covering on. They are then asked to sign in on the sign-in sheet located on the bench next to each locker room door.  Please take a pen from the “clean” cup and put the pen into the “dirty” cup for disinfecting.
  • Some pool equipment will be available during open swim. However, participants must return equipment to the “used” equipment pile so it can be disinfected prior to going back into rotation for use.
  • At the end of each shift, the lifeguard will disinfect all the equipment in the “used” pile and place it back in rotation.

Campus Recreation Center Membership eligibility will be limited to WCU students, faculty/staff, retirees, alumni, and family (criteria laid out in CRW Information and Policies).  Reid Pool access will be open to WCU students, faculty/staff, alumni, and retirees with a valid CatCard during Open Swim hours.

Family swim will be suspended until further notice.  Guest memberships for the Campus Recreation Center and Reid Pool will be suspended until further notice.

Equipment checkout is currently suspended. Outdoor gear rentals will be available beginning Monday, August 17th with a reservation.  

No personal equipment, except personal safety equipment, will be permitted in the Campus Recreation Center. Examples of personal safety equipment include, but are not limited to, weight belts, weightlifting gloves, and braces.  Participants should clean personal safety equipment before and after each use.  CRW staff has full discretion to determine whether equipment is deemed personal safety equipment.

CRW will continue to offer virtual programming with some in-person programming that meets university guidelines.  Face coverings and physical distancing is required in all CRW programs.  Please continue to check individual program web pages for program information.  

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