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Penn State’s Campus Rec Facilities To Reopen September 7

Penn State Campus Recreation announced Tuesday its facilities are set to reopen for the fall semester on Monday, September 7.

All facilities will feature new hours and capacity limits to ensure students and staff members remain as safe as possible. Campus Rec hasn’t released its updated hours yet.

Once the facilities reopen, students can sign up for 75-minute time slots using an online portal on Campus Rec’s website. Sixty people may use the IM Building in each time slot, for example, which should allow for approximately 600 people to enter the facility each day, according to a Campus Rec intern.

Campus Rec facilities will partially reopen on August 24 for a variety of athletic and academic purposes. The two weeks leading up to September 7 will serve as a “dry run” to iron out the kinks before facilities open to students.

According to a live Zoom session hosted by fitness instructor Bridget Dooley, Campus Rec was supposed to reopen Monday, August 17. However, the reopening was postponed.

The IM Building is completely spaced out to ensure physical distancing, especially in the lifting area, according to Campus Rec staff. Basketball courts have been converted into extra workout space and will have all sorts of equipment available there, such as spin bikes.

Additionally, a large number of cleaning stations have been added throughout the building. Locker rooms will be closed for the time being.

“We know it’s been a long time, and we’re going to have to wait just a little longer to welcome you back to our spaces and programs,” Campus Rec wrote on their website. “It will be worth the wait to see you all again. It will take all of us to successfully and safely resume operations and we thank you for your patience.”

Campus Rec’s reopening will be flexible, depending on staff comfort level and outbreak statistics. Every faction of Campus Rec will have various opening phases throughout the semester.

Fitness classes, for example, will begin with Phase One and be conducted entirely virtually. Phase Two will introduce one or two in-person classes, likely being held outside. Phase Three could lead to indoor classes.

Virtual programming, including esports, will continue to run through the fall semester. The Fitness and Wellness program will continue to stream live sessions daily through Campus Rec’s Instagram page. Currently, there are more than 100 fitness YouTube videos available for viewing.

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