Rec & P.E. COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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When will Rec & P.E. facilities reopen?
Wilson Recreation Center will begin a phased reopening on Monday, September 14 to on-campus, undergraduate students who have paid a recreation fee to the Bursar. Members who pre-paid for the 2020 spring semester will receive access for the fall 2020 semester and those individuals should have received separate communication regarding that access. Please reach out to if you have questions.  

Phase 2 of reopening begins Monday, October 12. Access to available facilities is facilitated through a reservation system on the MyRec Web Portal. Additional information on Phase 2 and accessing the facility can be found on our reopening web page.

What recreational spaces are available for use?
Wilson Recreation Center, Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion are the only facilities available for use at this time. Please note cardio spaces are limited in Phase 2. Some pieces of weight equipment may also be unavailable to help ensure proper social distancing. Locker rooms will be offline though restrooms will be available for use with limited capacities.

Facilities and spaces that will be offline until further notice:

  • Courts for open recreation basketball, badminton and volleyball
  • Equipment Checkout
  • Indoor Climbing Wall
  • Locker Room Showers
  • Racquetball Courts
  • Sauna
  • Brodie Recreation Center
  • East Campus Tennis Courts
  • Cohan Fields
  • Wilson Recreation Center 
  • Card Gymnasium
  • IM Building (Squash Courts)

Will I have access to the Cohan Fields on West Campus for general open rec usage?
At this time, the Cohan Fields on West Campus are not available for open rec usage and will be used exclusively for varsity athletic practice schedules.

Are the East Campus Tennis Courts available for use?
At this time, the East Campus Tennis Courts are not available for general recreational use. Please note some supervised Rec & P.E. programming will still occur on these courts. Learn more about those Fitness & Wellness opportunities on MyRec.

Will I be able to access Red Mango Cafe?
Yes, information on accessing Red Mango Cafe can be found on the Rec & P.E. reopening page.

Do I have to wear a mask while working out?
Face masks or coverings are to be worn at all times while inside the Wilson Recreation Center. 

How do I cancel a reservation?

  1. In MyRec, click on your photo (top-right)
  2. Select PROFILE
  4. On the registration you want to cancel, click the MORE symbol (3 dots) at the far-right

What in-person Rec & P.E. programs and services will be available?
We will be offering limited in-person, onsite programs over the course of the semester. All onsite offerings will follow physical distancing guidelines, including limited equipment sharing. These programs and services include:

  • Group Fitness classes
  • Outdoor, Sports and Lawn Game equipment rentals

Additionally, many of our programs have been transitioned into virtual offerings that can be done remotely:

  • Group Fitness classes
  • Personal Training
  • Water aerobics and dryland workouts
  • Intramural running/walking/biking groups (Strava)
  • Intramural esports (video games and phone app games)
  • Intramural sports trivia & Fantasy Sports
  • Fitness & Wellness wellbeing workshops
  • Outdoor Adventure trainings & workshops
  • Sport Club member trainings & workshops

The following Rec & P.E. in-person programs and services will be postponed until further notice:

  • Group Learn to Swim Classes: Youth and Adult
  • Private Learn to Swim Classes: Youth and Adult
  • Masters Swim
  • Adaptive Swim programming
  • Dive-in Durham program
  • In-person water aerobics courses
  • Fitness Small Group Programs (FitBox, Girl Power, TRX)
  • In-person Intramural sport leagues and tournaments 
  • Outdoor trips 
  • In-person trainings, workshops & clinics
  • In-person Sport Club activity (practices, competitions, meetings) 


I’m a student, do I need to enroll in a Rec & P.E. Membership?
Recreation fees for students’ living in Duke assigned housing are paid via their bursar account. Graduate students who do not live on campus will not have physical access to the Recreation facilities for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Can my spouse, domestic partner, or children enroll in a Duke Rec & P.E. Membership?
Yes, each of these groups are eligible to purchase a Digital Membership to access all of our virtual programming offerings.

Where do I enroll in a Rec & P.E. Membership?
How to purchase a membership:

  1. Visit your MyRec portal.
  2. Log in through the icon on the top right corner.
  3. Click on the Digital Membership icon.
  4. Click on the membership option you would like to purchase.
  5. To add to cart you must click the grey box first, then add to cart.

The Digital Membership does not provide access to recreation facilities and will not allow you to make a facility reservation through the MyRec portal.

Are Rec & P.E. Memberships Prorated?
Yes, the Digital Membership is prorated throughout the semester.

How do I cancel my Rec & P.E. Membership?
Rec & P.E. Memberships have a no cancellation policy. For details visit Refunds & Cancellations Policies page.

How do I renew my Rec & P.E. Membership?
Renewals are not available for the fall semester but we encourage you to purchase a Digital Membership by visiting the MyRec Portal.

Who can enroll in a Rec & P.E. Membership?
Rec & P.E. Digital Memberships are available to anyone interested in purchasing that membership.

I have someone visiting me, can they use the recreation centers?
We have suspended the use of guest passes for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Can my dependent who is a college student purchase a Rec & P.E. Membership while home for the summer?
No, we have suspended the college student membership option for the 2020-2021 academic year. College students will be eligible to purchase the Digital Membership.

I am a Duke alumni, can I still access the Recreation Centers?
No, we are not able to offer memberships or 5 free visits to Alumni during the 2020-2021 academic year. Alumni are encouraged to take advantage of our Digital Membership offering this year.

What if I have a LIVE FOR LIFE membership?
For all questions regarding a LIVE FOR LIFE membership please reach out to

How much is a Rec & P.E. Membership?
For all questions regarding membership pricing please visit our Membership webpage.