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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.  If you plan to use our facilities, please thoroughly read the information below and know we have increased our cleaning and disinfecting 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.

Campus Recreation and Wellness currently has the following programs and services available.

  • Beginning Tuesday, September 8th, the Campus Recreation Center will open for workouts with reservations.  Please read the CRC protocols below and check out our hours of operation page.  
  • Reid Pool is currently available for open swim with reservations.  Please read the Reid Pool Open Swim protocols below and check out our hours of operation page.
  • Group Exercise | Group Exercise will be held in-person with limited availability (8 people per class), physical distancing and required face coverings and also virtually (except cycle classes).  The Group Exercise schedule is posted under Fitness and Wellness at reccenter.wcu.edu.  To register for our Group Exercise Program, visit myrec.wcu.edu.
  • Intramural Recreational Sports | Current offerings 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 is 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. Indoor and outdoor personal training sessions will also be available with physical distancing and face coverings in place.  To register for personal training, visit myrec.wcu.edu. 
  • Outdoor Gear Rentals | Outdoor gear rentals will be available Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays by reserving your gear in advance online through our outdoor gear reservation form through the end of the semester. 
  • 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 myrec.wcu.edu.
  • 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

  • Hours of Operation are available on our hours of operation page.  Hours will be limited the week of September 8th - 13th with increased hours beginning the week of September 14th. 
  • Reservations will be required to access the building.  This is to comply with mandated occupancy requirements and to allow for proper physical distancing.  Individuals can reserve their time slot at myrec.wcu.edu up to 72 hours in advance.  Individuals are only permitted to have one reservation per day.
  • Do not visit the Campus Recreation Center if you are exibiting any flu-like symptoms or those listed for COVID-19 on the Center for Disease Control's website.
  • Participants are required to wear a face covering over the mouth and nose at all times while in the CRC.  Participants should monitor their intensity levels and only workout at a level that is personally comfortable while wearing a face covering.  If your face covering becomes compromised to the point that it no longer provides the protection intended, you may be asked to replace your face covering with a new one.  Therefore, participants should bring an extra face covering and should individually change their face covering if it becomes wet/sweaty or otherwise compromised.
  • Participants should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently while in the CRC.
  • Participants should maintain 6 feet of physical distancing between them and other participants or staff while in the facility.  Workout partners are not permitted, even if you have a relationship outside the CRC that means you are in close physical proximity with that person (Ex: roommates, significant others, etc.)
  • 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 Climbing Wall will be open for bouldering only with a climbing wall reservation (limited to 5 participants at a time).
  • No spotting will be allowed to comply with physical distancing guidelines.  It is important that participants know their own limits when weight lifting so you only lift weight that can be handled independently.  When bouldering at the climbing wall, participants need to climb well within their climbing ability so that they can climb independently without the use of a spotter.
  • To ensure a “no contact” entry, participants will enter the Campus Recreation Center by checking in at the front desk during their reservation time, 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 equipment cage and should be returned in a “return” container at the equipment cage after your workout.
  • Participants are expected to disinfect equipment before and after each use, including all touch-points (knobs, upholstery, weight plates, etc.).  Instructions for how to properly disinfect the equipment is posted on wipes containers in the fitness areas.
  • Do not attempt to use equipment that is "offline" and marked "Do NOT use".
  • Do not move equipment or benches, as equippment has been properly spaced to allow for physical distancing.
  • 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.  Instructions on how to properly disinfect the showers are posted outside the showers in the locker room.
  • Staff members working in facilities will have on appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for personal safety and the safety of participants.

 

  

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. You can also view a "how to" video below on how to make your reservation. 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.  Semester memberships are discounted 25% off the regular fall semester price to account for the missed time at the beginning of the semester and for the slightly reduced hours to increase sanitization of the facility and equipment.   

Family swim is suspended until further notice.  Guest memberships for the Campus Recreation Center and Reid Pool are only available for those who are eligible to purchase a semester-long membership.

Equipment checkout is currently suspended. Outdoor gear rentals are available on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays with an outdoor gear reservation (form located under Outdoor Programs on the website). 

Outside equipment that either alters CRW equipment or poses an increased risk to participants is not permitted in the CRC.  Examples include: bands added to weight benches, personal free weights, ankle weights, weighted vests, oxygen reducing masks, etc.  If you have a question regarding a piece of outside equipment, please contact CRW to determine if it is approved in advance of use. 

Personal equipment, like personal safety equipment, jump ropes, yoga mats, etc., are permitted in the Campus Recreation Center with approval.  Sharing of personal equipment is prohibited.  Examples of personal safety equipment includes, but is not limited to, weight belts, weightlifting gloves, and braces.  Participants should clean personal equipment before and after each use and prior to bringing it into the Campus Recreation Center.  CRW staff has full discretion to determine whether personal equipment is allowable.

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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