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

Last updated: 3/27/2020


Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as the University works to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in our community. Because instruction will continue virtually through the rest of the Spring 2020 semester, Recreational Services will extend its facility closures through at least the end of the Spring 2020 semester. This includes:

  • Beckwith Boathouse (BBH)
  • Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC)
  • Fitness East (FE)
  • Field House (FH)
  • Hawkeye Recreation Fields
  • Hawkeye Softball Complex
  • Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex
  • Macbride Nature Recreation Area (MNRA)
  • Outdoor Rental Center (ORC)
  • UI Challenge Course (UICC)

Programs and Events

The following programs and events have been canceled or postponed through at least the end of the Spring 2020 semester:

  • Group fitness classes
  • Small group fitness specialty classes and events
  • Group swim lessons
  • Intramural sports, not including eSports
  • Sport club events, activities, and travel
  • Tennis programs
  • School of the Wild
  • Iowa Raptor Project Family Day events
  • Hawkeye Community Rowing programs and events
  • IFLY activities in Recreational Services facilities
    • As of March 12, USA Swimming has canceled all domestic meets for the next 30 days;
    • International Olympic qualifying meets have been postponed;
    • IFLY will issue a credit for half of the monthly group dues for the month of March.  This credit will only be applied to active accounts that have paid for the month of March. 
  • Lifetime Leisure Skills (LLS) classes: While some classes will be moving to a virtual format, others will be canceled.
    • All affected students will receive notifications from the Registrar. 
    • Please visit MyUI for more information regarding LLS classes.
  • All non-essential indoor events and facility reservations are canceled; no new non-essential meetings or events will be scheduled until further notice
  • Youth Summer Camps will continue as planned with registration still open
  • UI Athletics practices and competitions: The Big Ten Conference announced all conference and non-conference competitions will be canceled through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year, and participation in all NCAA tournaments and competitions 
    Please visit our At-Home Resources page for alternative recreation options.


    The following services have been suspended through at least the end of the Spring 2020 semester and will be rescheduled or adjusted after this date:

    • Personal training sessions
    • Private swim lessons
    • Massage Oasis sessions in the CRWC
      • Perpetual Payroll Deduction Program Members:
        • March charges have already been applied in the system impacting your April 1 payroll deduction.  Since these memberships and lockers do not have an end date, once we know the full duration of the closure, we will calculate a refund for time lost and apply it to a future payroll deduction. 
        • Information regarding the incentive program impacts can be found on the LiveWell website
      • Non-Perpetual Payroll Deduction Members (not including students):
        • Since your charges do have a specified end date, you have two choices:
          1. Receive a refund for time lost
          2. Extend your membership and locker in an amount equal to the number of days lost due to these closures.  
        • Once we know the full duration of the closure, we will provide a form HERE for you to indicate your preference. 

    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 or 319-335-9293.

    More information about the university’s response to COVID-19 is available at