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

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When will Rec & P.E. facilities reopen?
Pending restrictions are lifted for gyms and fitness centers as part of the state’s reopening plan and approval of the University, Wilson Recreation Center anticipates reopening Monday, September 14, 2020. Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion is currently accessible. We continue to communicate and work with university and health officials to help ensure a safe on-campus environment.

What recreational spaces are available for use?
Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion is the only facility available for use at this time.

Facilities and spaces that will be offline until further notice:

  • 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 will not facilitate 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. The outdoor tennis courts are managed by the Brodie Recreation staff which will be closed this Fall semester. 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?
Red Mango Cafe will be accessible starting on Monday, August 17. 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. Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you.

What 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) 

Will P.E. courses be available?
Both lecture and activity P.E. classes will take place this Fall semester in designated spaces in the Wilson Center and other outdoor locations on West Campus. Undergraduates and graduate students are welcome to enroll. Graduate student must complete a form (see the Grad School webpage) and get a DSG signature before they can enroll in an undergraduate course, including P.E. courses. P.E. courses are available through in person, hybrid, and online only formats. See DukeHub for course availability and formats and view the Course Notes for each course to see the distribution of in person and online meetings. Available courses include: Fusion Fitness, Pilates, Cardiokickboxing, Weight Training, Weight Training for Women, Fusion Fitness, Fusion Fitness for Women, Fencing, Golf, Tennis, Tai Chi, Yoga, Diet & Nutrition, Exercise & Mental Health, Sports Media, Sports Leadership, Theory & Practice of Coaching, Psychology of Sport & Performance. Find more answers to your P.E. questions here.


I’m a Duke employee, can my spouse or children have a Rec & P.E. Membership?
Yes! You are eligible to purchase a Digital Membership to access all of our virtual programming offerings.

I’m a student, do I need to enroll in a Rec & P.E. Membership?
Undergraduate students’ Rec & P.E. Memberships are paid for via the recreation fee on their bursar account. Graduate students will not have physical access to the Recreation facilities for the 2020-2021 academic year.

I’m a student, can my spouse have a Rec & P.E. Membership?
Yes! Your spouse is eligible to purchase a Digital Membership to access all of our virtual programming offerings.

Can my Domestic Partner enroll in a Duke Rec & P.E. Membership?
Yes! Your partner is eligible to purchase a Digital Membership to access all of our virtual programming offerings.

Which recreation center can I use with a Rec & P.E. Membership?
Wilson Recreation Center and Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion will be available to those with a membership allowing physical access to the facilities. At this time, that membership type is limited to students residing on campus who have been assessed a fee through the bursar.

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.

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.

What is the length of my Membership?
The Digital Membership will begin on the date of purchase and will end on December 31, 2020. There will be additional offerings in the Spring Semester.

Can I enroll in a Rec & P.E. Membership at any time during the year?
Yes. The Digital Membership will be available at any time throughout the year.

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.

Do I need to sign a waiver?
Rec & P.E. Members sign a waiver at the time of enrollment. Students sign a waiver as a part of coming to campus.

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.

How do I know if my membership is expired?
Log into your MyRec portal account, click Profile on the top right, click Memberships listed on the left. There you will see your most recent membership and can confirm the expiration date.

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 membership?
For all questions regarding membership pricing please visit our Membership webpage.