Carnegie Mellon University
August 27, 2020

Recreational Facilities Re-open - With Restrictions

By Jean Hayes

Jason Maderer
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As Carnegie Mellon University prepares to welcome faculty, staff and students to campus for the fall semester, indoor and outdoor recreational and athletic facilities will re-open with a staggered and phased approach.

As outlined in the Athletic Facilities/Recreation Reopening Plans, outdoor facilities opened on Aug. 24 and indoor facilities will open Aug. 31. Both indoor and outdoor facilities will have set hours and will be monitored by Athletics Department staff when open. All users must have a Carnegie Mellon ID that they'll need to display at specified check-in points at each facility, and that information will be logged for contact tracing purposes. All facility users are expected to have completed the university's daily self-assessment prior to arrival. University Police will monitor outdoor facilities when they are closed.

"We have spent the past few months working on our athletics facility reopening plans, and we are excited to welcome our community members back," said Josh Centor, associate vice president of Student Affairs and director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation. "While there will be differences in how we are able to offer services, we believe our approach provides an infrastructure that will allow our community to pursue their fitness and wellness ambitions in an environment that prioritizes collective health and well-being."

Hand sanitizing stations have been installed throughout athletics facilities and everyone is expected to utilize them upon entry and exit of each facility. Physical distancing protocols and the wearing of facial coverings will be enforced.

Gesling Stadium

Close-contact activities (e.g. pick-up soccer or basketball, touch football, etc.) are not permitted in outdoor facilities such as Gesling Stadium and Track, the soccer field, the outdoor basketball court and the tennis courts. Facial coverings must be worn at all times, except during singles play on the tennis courts. Athletics department personnel will monitor and enforce rules.

Specific indoor facilities opening on Aug. 31, the first day of classes on the Pittsburgh campus, include the Cohon University Center's Fitness Center and exercise studios, swimming pools and Wiegand Gymnasium. Limited Group Exercise classes will begin early in the semester, and will be offered both in-person and virtually.

A player returns a serve on one of CMU's tennis courts.

The reopening plans contain specific protocols for each facility, including capacity limits, hours of operation and locker room usage; and other COVID-related protocols that include rules pertaining to facial coverings, personal distancing requirements and equipment usage.

All fitness centers will be cleaned and sanitized by Custodial Services in between each open session. Floor clings will be installed to indicate physical distancing protocols. All equipment, such as exercise mats, badminton rackets or basketballs must be brought in by users and will not be provided by any recreation or athletics facility.

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