The following is a message from Executive Director Felicia Tittle that was sent to Rec & P.E. members, program participant listservs, and shared with Student Affairs on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
Rec & P.E. Members,
We hope this email finds you and your families well. We’re excited to inform the Duke Community of progress regarding the next phase of Duke Recreation and Physical Education’s 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.
Wilson Recreation Center will reopen 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Access to the facility will be facilitated through a reservation system parallel to the one currently being used to access Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion. Reservations will be available for pre-registration beginning Saturday, September 12 on MyRec.
Masks must be worn at all times within the facility and cardio spaces will be offline for the initial phase of reopening. 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. Information regarding hours, space availability, cleaning policies, and reservation instructions can be found on our reopening webpage and FAQs.
In-person programming will expand from the current outdoor and pop-up group fitness classes to include personal training and Pilates training. Should inclement weather occur, classes held outdoors will move inside with continued social distancing and face masks will be required.
Outdoor equipment rentals will remain available to members and non-members within the Duke Community.
Digital Memberships are available to the Duke Community (undergraduates not charged the recreation fee, graduate & professional students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Duke friends and families) for a small fee. This new offering will allow members access to virtual fitness programs including group fitness, personal training, and small group programs. Digital Members will also have access to Intramural esports leagues, team trivia, and fantasy sports, as well as Outdoor Adventure trip resources. Register for your Digital Membership on MyRec.
We are thrilled to embark on this next phase of reopening and look forward to what the rest of the fall semester brings. As a reminder, further details pertaining to the information outlined above can be found on our reopening and FAQ webpages. Additional questions can be directed to email@example.com. We will continue to communicate future updates on our website, social media platforms (@DukeRec), and through email to member and participant listservs. As always, thank you for your membership and for being a friend of Duke Rec & P.E.
Executive Director, Recreation & Physical Education