Rec & P.E. Reopening

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Duke Recreation & Physical Education is excited to inform the Duke Community of progress regarding the next phase of our facility reopening as part of North Carolina’s movement into Phase 2.5 of the ‘Safer at Home’ order. All decisions pertaining to facility spaces and programming have been carefully guided by conversations with the University, and are rooted in accordance with the Duke Compact and Duke United initiative. As with other phases of our reopening procedures, they will continue to be evaluated and are subject to change per national, state, local and University guidelines. 

Note that some access limitations will still apply per the adjustments to student fees for the 2020-2021 academic year. For those who are unable to access our physical spaces and in-person programs, alternative opportunities for Duke Rec & P.E. programs and services can be found via our Digital Membership.

We have outlined the shifts in our reopening below to the best of our ability. Please remember everything is extremely fluid considering the ever-changing nature of COVID-19. We appreciate your patience and understanding that all plans are subject to change. We continue to communicate and work with university and health officials to help ensure a safe on-campus environment. The health and wellbeing of our campus community remain a top priority. 

    Hours of Operation and Recreation Spaces

    Wilson Recreation Center has reopened, and joins Taishoff, Red Mango, and the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center as our available recreation facilities. Brodie Recreation Center will remain closed until further notice. Additional facility and space information can be found on our COVID-19 FAQ.

    Hours of Operation for Wilson Recreation Center, Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion, Red Mango Cafe and the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center are as follows and are subject to change following state and University guidelines. Note that guest passes and trial membership cards will not be available until further notice:

    Wilson Recreation Center
    • Monday-Friday | 8:00am - 9:00pm
    • Saturday | 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion
    • Monday - Friday | 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Red Mango Cafe

    Hours beginning Monday, September 14

    • Monday - Friday | 9:00am - 8:00pm
    • Saturday | 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Outdoor Adventures Rental Center
    • Monday | 8:30am - 10:00am and 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    • Thursday | 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    • Friday | 8:30am - 10:00am

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    Reopening Phases

    To ensure proper social distancing and to best maintain the health and wellbeing of the Duke Community, recreation spaces within our facilities will have limited capacities and equipment availability. The reopening of Rec & P.E. facilities is being phased to give our staff the best opportunity to monitor for safety and proper cleaning.

    Phase 1 - September 14 

    Wilson access will be limited to the indoor track and weight room; Taishoff will have a limited capacity of 8 swimmers (one per lane). Further details pertaining to access and entry procedures can be found below.

    Phase 2 - October 12 

    Access will expand to 15 cardio machines, multiple reservations can be made within a day, and Taishoff will be expanding their capacity to 16 swimmers (two per lane).

    We will provide updates here on our website, social media platforms (@DukeRec) and send out through our member and participant listservs as the ability to reopen additional spaces becomes available.

    The following services, spaces and facilities will be unavailable 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
    • Wilson Center Functional Training Space 
    • Card Gymnasium
    • IM Building (Squash Courts)

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    Facility Access Procedures

    Entry by participants will vary depending on the facility and purpose. See Rec & PE COVID-19 Guidelines section for more detailed information about available recreation spaces. View each section below for details on access to Wilson Recreation Center, Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion, Red Mango Cafe, Outdoor Adventures Rental Center and P.E. classes.

    Wilson Recreation Center
    • Reservations are required for members to access the facility, and Members are responsible for making reservations using the Facility Access Reservation (FAR) system through the MyRec Web Portal.
    • FAR will set a limited number of participants to enter the facility for 60 minutes, and each FAR will end at the 60 minute mark regardless of the time when the participant actually entered the facility. Learn how to complete your Facility Access Reservation on MyRec here. Maximum capacities for Wilson and Taishoff will be monitored separately.
    • Additional capacities for the weight room and cardio areas will be monitored within Wilson and require separate reservations through the MyRec Web Portal
    • To best monitor contact tracing, participants will be unable to float between cardio and weight room spaces during a reservation, even if there are available spaces.
    • Members may make more than one workout reservation per day, including back-to-back reservations. Individuals choosing to make a back-to-back reservation will need to exit the building at the end of their first reservation and re-enter through the front entrance of Wilson to continue on to their second reservation. 
    • All reservations expire 30 minutes after the hour.
    • All members, participants and visitors will be responsible for completing the FAR and REDCap Daily Symptom Monitoring prior to entry of each visit to Wilson.
    • Members are responsible for showing up or canceling their scheduled appointment within 2 hours of their reserved time. Learn how to cancel your reservation here.
    • 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. 
    • Users will access the Wilson Recreation Center through the main entrance and exit through basketball courts onto K-Ville. This will allow us to keep records of individual exit times as well as to keep accurate facility capacity counts.
    • Please exit the facility as promptly as possible when notified by Rec & P.E. staff at the end of each reservation block. This is critical in keeping the reservation schedule on time and to allow for proper cleaning prior to the next group entering the facility.
    Cardio Reservations
    • Members will check into the Wilson Front Desk and receive a wristband to wear for the duration of their workout. 
    • Cardio reservations provide access to 15 pieces of cardio equipment and the indoor track.
    Weight Room Reservations
    • Members will first check into the Wilson Front Desk and then check in again at the weight room desk. 
    • Weight room reservations provide access to the weight room only.
    Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion
    • Entrance to the Aquatics Facility has been moved to the Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion Hall of Fame Entrance. To access the building you will need to take the hill between the Wilson Recreation Center and Cameron Indoor Stadium to the Hall of Fame Entrance.Occupancy for Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion will be closely monitored by swiping or tapping your Duke ID or Duke Mobile Card. This applies to everyone (including Staff) that enters and exits the building.
    • Entry by participants will be managed by a Facility Access Reservation (FAR) system through MyRec Web Portal. FAR will set a limited number of participants to enter the facility for 60 minutes. Each FAR will end at the 60 minute mark regardless of the time when the participant actually entered the facility. Learn how to complete your Facility Access Reservation on MyRec here. Maximum capacities for Wilson and Taishoff will be monitored separately.
    • Members are limited to one reservation per day.
    • All reservations expire 30 minutes after the hour.
    • All members will be responsible for always completing the FAR and REDCap Daily Symptom Monitoring prior to entry of each visit to Taishoff.
    • Members are responsible for showing up or cancelling their scheduled appointment within 2 hours of their reserved time. Learn how to cancel your reservation here.
    Red Mango Cafe
    • Red Mango will have a limited capacity to service visitors.
    • Anyone not already in the facility that wishes to only purchase something from Red Mango must check in at the Wilson Front Desk, go directly to Red Mango and leave when finished (no other use of the facility or eating in common spaces is allowed).
    • Red Mango Visitors will only need to swipe in with their Duke ID (no FAR required) and show their Daily Symptom Monitoring Pass.
    Outdoor Adventures Rental Center
    • Equipment must be reserved online at least three (3) business days in advance. You will receive your equipment at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center, located behind Card Gym. You must complete the Duke Symptom Monitoring Survey through REDCap and be cleared to access campus before your pick-up. 
      *In order to limit the number of people picking up or returning at one time, please be sure to arrive during your designated time slot.
    • On the date indicated in your confirmation email, you can return your equipment at the Outdoor Adventures Center, located behind Card Gym. You must complete the Duke Symptom Monitoring Survey through REDCap and be cleared to access campus before your return. 
      *Please be sure to thoroughly clean and dry equipment before returning.
    • More details regarding Equipment Rental requests and processes can be found here.
    Physical Education Classes
    • Students registered for and attending academic classes at Wilson will need to check in at the front desk but will not be required to make a reservation to enter Wilson for their respective classes.
    • You must complete the Duke Symptom Monitoring Survey through REDCap and be cleared to access campus before entering Wilson for class. 

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    COVID-19 Guidelines

    Duke Recreation and Physical Education Guidelines
    • Face coverings are required in the facility at all times.
    • Do not visit Wilson Recreation Center or Taishoff if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat (secondary symptom). 
    • Abide by all physical distancing guidelines by keeping 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.
    • Do not attempt to use closed spaces or equipment marked “out of order.” 
    • Thoroughly wipe down equipment before and after use with disinfectant materials provided and discard trash in the designated waste receptacles. 
    • Adhere to all guidelines and instructions provided by Recreation and Physical Education and its employees.
    • All fitness equipment must remain in place and should not be moved.  
    • Members are encouraged to bring their own towel and/or yoga mat.
    • You assume all risk and liability for your health and well-being by physically attending Wilson Recreation and Taishoff despite the COVID19 pandemic.
    • The hours of operation for Wilson Recreation Center and Taishoff will include pauses for cleaning and disinfecting. Please see the cleaning processes outlined below for more information.
    Wilson Recreation Center Guidelines
    • Thoroughly wipe down all equipment before and after use 
    • Maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and others at all times 
    • Foam rollers, medicine balls, kettlebells, power bands, TRX straps, sandbags etc. will not be provided. Members are encouraged to bring their own materials. 
    • Do not use any equipment that is marked out of order
    • Adhere to all direction signage
    • Do not move adjustable benches from their designated location 
    • Place ab mats directly over the designated workout area and stay in the designated space.
    • Do not move cable attachments
    • No spotting will be allowed in an effort to maintain physical distancing 
    • Water bottle refilling stations are available, water fountains will remain offline.
    Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion Guidelines
    • Swimmers must bring their equipment. However, life jackets will be available.
    • Swimmers should change clothes and shower at home. Locker room showers will remain offline.
    Cleaning & Sanitation

    We have increased and updated our cleaning protocols to ensure thorough cleaning of activity spaces and equipment. The additional cleaning schedule is as follows:

    • Monday - Friday | 10:40am-11:20am; 4:00pm-5:00pm
    • Saturday | 8:30-9:30am (before we open); 3:30-4:30pm (after we close)

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      For More Information

      Future updates will be provided on this webpage, incorporated into the Duke Keep Learning webpage, as well as directly sent to Rec & P.E. member and participant listservs. You may find our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page helpful as well.

      If you have specific questions, concerns, or comments please do not hesitate to reach out to the following mailboxes:

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