COVID-19: Facility and Program Updates | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa

Last updated: 11/19/2020

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as the university works to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in our community.  Please see below for current information on the status of our facilities, programs, and services in response to COVID-19*.

*Please Note: Given the fluid nature of the presence of the virus in our community, all information below regarding facilities, programs, and services is subject to change based on guidance from the University of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).
In order to workout in our indoor facilities, space will need to be reserved in advance via the Recreational Services online registration system.

Current status of facilities:

Below you will find a list of Recreational Services facilities and their current operations status.

For specific building hours, please visit our facilities page.

Beckwith Boathouse (BBH) - Closed to the public
Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) - Open

The following areas in the CRWC re-opened on August 24, 2020 with distancing and safety restrictions in place:

  • Recreation Pool - advanced registration required
    • Recreation Pool Spa
  • Recreational Services Office Suite - Monday through Friday, 8am- 4pm
  • UI Wellness Office Suite - limited hours

The following areas in the CRWC re-opened on August 26, 2020 with distancing and safety restrictions in place:

  • Bouldering wall

The following areas in the CRWC will remain closed until further notice:

  • Climbing Wall
  • Massage Oasis - will not be offered through at least December 31, 2020
  • Saunas
  • Steam Rooms
  • Wet Classroom - closed to the public
Fitness East (FE) - Open
Field House (FH) - Open

The following areas in the Field House re-opened on August 24, 2020 with distancing and safety restrictions in place:

  • Pool - advanced registration required
  • Recreational Services Office Suite - staff will be available by appointment

The following areas in the Field House will remain closed until further notice:

  • Saunas
Hawkeye Recreation Fields (HRF) - Open
Hawkeye Softball Complex (HSC) - Closed to the public
Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex (HTRC) - Open

The following areas in the HTRC are closed to the public, no drop-in use or reservations available:

  • Hawkeye Turf
  • Iowa Turf
Macbride Nature Recreation Area (MNRA) - Closed until further notice due to storm damage on August 10, 2020. See page for details.
Outdoor Basketball Courts (Near Burge Hall) - Closed until further notice.
Outdoor Basketball Courts (Near Slater Hall) - Closed until further notice.
Outdoor Rental Center (ORC) - Closed to the public
Rugby/Cricket Fields - Open
UI Challenge Course (UICC) - Open

Current status of activities, programs, events, and travel:

Density restrictions will be implemented for all essential in-person events (indoors or outdoors, on or off campus) to ensure 6 feet of social distancing.

All UI health and safety protocols must be adhered to.

 

Adventure trips Canceled until further notice.
Badminton Limited to singles only; no doubles. Equipment checkout will not be available (please bring your own equipment).
Basketball (individual/pickup) Canceled until further notice.
Birthday party rentals Canceled until further notice.
Climbing wall activities Canceled until further notice.
Golf League Approved for play.
Group fitness classes In-person classes are available with reduced capacities and social distancing in place. Virtual/remote delivery formats available with advance registration.
Hawkeye Community Rowing In-person activities available with adherence to guidelines provided by US Rowing
Hire an Instructor Available upon request. 
Hustling Hawkeyes Sport Camps Canceled until further notice.
IFLY In-person activities available with adherence to guidelines provided by USA Swimming.
Intramural Sports Limited in-person activities and virtual/remote delivery formats will be available.
Iowa Raptor Project Family Day Canceled until further notice.
Lap swim Available; advance registration required.
Lifetime Leisure Skills (LLS) classes Available per UI academic policies.
Massage Oasis sessions at the CRWC Canceled through at least December 31, 2020.
Personal training (individual and group) Available.
Pickleball Limited to singles only; no doubles. Equipment checkout will not be available (please bring your own equipment).
Racquetball Limited to singles only; no doubles. Equipment checkout will not be available (please bring your own equipment).
School of the Wild Available for fall 2020.
Small group fitness specialty classes Available at reduced capacities with social distancing in place.
Soccer (indoor/outdoor) Canceled until further notice.
Sport Clubs

Sport Clubs are permitted to participate in activities that follow University guidelines. Some clubs have chosen to be inactive for Fall 2020 semester. For specific information on which clubs are active, email us at rec-sportclubs@uiowa.edu.

Squash Limited to singles only; no doubles. Equipment checkout will not be available (please bring your own equipment).
Swim Lessons (private and group) Adult swim lessons available. 
Tennis programs and lessons In-person activities available with adherence to guidelines provided by USTA. Advance registration required. 
Volleyball (indoor) Canceled until further notice.
Wildlife Camps Canceled until further notice.
 
Please visit our At-Home Resources page for alternative recreation options.

Current status of memberships:

MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Perpetual Payroll Deduction Program Members:
    • Recreational Services will not assess a membership fee for the month of July. Billing schedule will return to normal in August.
    • Information regarding the incentive program impacts can be found on the LiveWell website
    • Specifics regarding each month can be found here: 
Month of Active Membership Month Recreational Services Membership Charge Applied Month Incentive Applied
July 2020 August 1 - No charge September 1 - No Recreational Services charge, so no incentive will be available
August 2020 September 1 - Full charge October 1 - Full incentive issued
  • Non-Perpetual Payroll Deduction Members (not including students):
    • Since your membership and/or locker charges do have a specified end date, you have two choices:
      • Receive a refund for time lost.
      • Extend your membership and/or locker in an amount equal to the number of days lost due to these closures (number of days calculated from March 16 – July 31).
    • Please submit the form HERE for you to indicate your preference. This form needs to be submitted before August 7th to receive a refund or extension for any time lost due to the closure.

 

  • Student Memberships:
    • Any student who was assessed the Spring 2020 Recreation Fee will have access to Recreational Services’ facilities until August 24th.
    • Any student who is currently enrolled for the Summer 2020 session will have access to Recreational Services’ facilities until August 24th.

COVID-19 policies and procedures

Recreational Services will be adopting several measures to reduce density, increase social distancing, and to reduce exposure to COVID-19, including:

  • Face masks for indoor facilities are required for all exercisers/users. Participants are expected to wear a face mask while entering and leaving facilities, while moving to and from activities and while exercising. A face shield alone without an accompanying face mask will not be permitted.  Gaiters are not an approved face covering alternative. 
  • Face masks for outdoor activities are required when 6 feet distancing cannot be maintained.  Face masks will be required for all visitors at the Iowa Raptor Project; a face shield alone without an accompanying face mask will not be permitted. Gaiters are not an approved face covering alternative. 
  • Machines, equipment and program participants will be reconfigured to be spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart for lower intensity activities and a minimum of 10 feet apart for higher intensity activities. 
    • Open space workout areas will be marked to promote physical distancing for individual use. 
    • Activity rooms will be marked to promote physical distancing during programming, such as fitness classes. 
    • Common spaces, such as lounges, will be reconfigured to limit gatherings and promote physical distancing. 
    • Individual and pickup basketball, volleyball, or soccer/futsal will not be available in indoor facilities.
  • Recreational Services Facility Operations team members will be following CDC guidelines for cleaning equipment and facility spaces.
    • Pre-cleaning and disinfecting of all equipment, mats, etc. will occur prior to reopening activity rooms.
  • Plexiglass dividers have been installed at member services desks and main office reception areas (as applicable) to minimize respiratory contact between staff and members.
  • Employees have been instructed to: 
    • Wash hands upon arrival to work, after working with each patron, after touching their mask, after using the restroom and when leaving work. 
    • Employees have been instructed to wear an approved face mask. 
  • Density restrictions will be implemented for all essential in-person events (indoor or outdoors, on or off campus) to ensure 6 feet of social distancing. Indoor recreation space will need to be reserved in advance via the Recreational Services online reservation system
  • Effective Thursday, August 27th, Recreational Services has implemented a No-Show/Failure to Cancel policy. A No-Show is defined as a member/student who reserves a time slot and does not check in to our facilities/programs during the registered time slot and who fails to cancel their reserved time slot.
    • First offense: Member/student will receive an email warning reminding you of the policy.
    • Second offense: Member/student will receive a 1-week suspension. During this time, member/student will not be able to register or access our facilities or programs.
  • Towel service and equipment rentals in each of the facilities will be unavailable until further notice.
  • All university meetings, to the greatest extent possible, will take place in an online format in order to maximize the amount of available classroom space.

 

As a result of the reduced capacities in Recreational Services facilities, the following membership/access policies will be in place:

  • As of Tuesday, September 8, daily walk-in passes may again be purchased.
    • The pass is only good for the location and time slot in which it was purchased - passes may not be reused.
      • Passes will be sold at the Field House and the CRWC only.
      • Drop-in tennis users may still reserve a court at the HTRC by visiting the member services desk or by calling (319) 384-1215.
    • Passes will be available on a first come, first served basis - time slots are not guaranteed.
    • The following activities are not available to walk-in users at this time:
      • Basketball
      • Bouldering wall
      • Group fitness classes
      • Lap swimming
      • Soccer/futsal
      • Volleyball
  • Punch cards that have been purchased prior to March 16, 2020 will be accepted for entrance.
  • New and renewal memberships can be purchased.

Please see the “Memberships” section for more detailed information on memberships.

COVID-19 frequently asked questions

Still have questions?  Please visit our COVID-19 frequently asked questions page for more answers. 

 

Our staff will take every precaution possible moving forward.  We ask for your patience, understanding and cooperation as we all adjust to these changes.  We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and notify you should these closures or cancellations need to be extended.

It is always important to emphasize a focus on strengthening our immune systems through healthy habits, even more so during this time. We understand these changes may be frustrating, but we encourage you to eat healthy, get adequate sleep, practice good hygiene, exercise outside, select nutritious food choices and practice good mental health habits to combat stress responses.

If you have questions about these closures or changes, please contact Recreational Services at rec-services@uiowa.edu or 319-335-9293.

More information about the university’s response to COVID-19 is available at coronavirus.uiowa.edu.