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 reccenter.wcu.edu prior to the
start of academic classes. To register for our Group Exercise Program, visit myrec.wcu.edu.
- 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 reccenter.wcu.edu, Intramural
Sports (about Intramural Sports) prior to the start of academic classes. To register
for Intramural Recreational Sports, visit imleagues.com/wcu.
- 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 myrec.wcu.edu.
- 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,
- Presentations | CRW will offer virtual presentation opportunities and virtual teambuilding.
Individuals can request these services on the website reccenter.wcu.edu 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 reccenter.wcu.edu.
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
- 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 myrec.wcu.edu. Please be sure to read reservation instructions
- 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