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Your Guide To The IM Building’s New Policies & Procedures

Penn State announced last week that the IM Building would reopen on Friday, September 25 with a host of new procedures and policies.

The building’s reopening was originally set for September 7 but was eventually delayed indefinitely. Currently, IM is the only on-campus gym and recreation center open.

With all the new rules and regulations, we’ve compiled a guide to make the transition back into campus rec as easy as possible. Check out our breakdown below.

Hours & Operations

At this time, IM will only open to students. The building will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 9 a.m to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

The typical operating hours of IM have been altered so that there is additional time for cleaning. The facilities will open to the public once health guidelines allow for it.

Social Distancing Guidelines

All workout equipment will be spaced 10 to 12 feet apart to accommodate social distancing guidelines. Certain areas of the gym are closed to limit the capacity of people.

Students will be required to wear masks at all times while inside the facilities. Check-in processes will be contactless, and plexiglass has been installed in any areas where there is high customer interaction.

Reservations & Building Occupancy

Before going to IM, students must make a reservation for a certain area/floor of equipment. Students can’t just walk into the building and switch between areas freely. Reservations can be made up to 48 hours ahead of time and will carry a 75-minute time limit. Only one workout session can be reserved per day.

The bouldering wall and climbing wall are currently closed, along with the indoor track, indoor turf, racquetball, and squash courts. The badminton and pickleball courts are open, but for singles use only.

According to legislation passed by the University Park Undergraduate Association in support of reopening campus recreation, the facilities can accommodate 208 students per two-hour reservation block. With eight blocks per day, the facilities will be able to accommodate a maximum of 1,664 students each day.

Since reservations fill on a first come first serve basis, students should make them as soon as possible. To make a reservation, head to Campus Recreation’s website.

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Ryen Gailey

Ryen is a junior early childhood education major from "right outside of Philly" - or in exact words, from 23.0 miles outside of Philly. She loves all things Penn State and has been a huge Penn State gal since before she could walk. Send her pictures of puppies, or hate mail at [email protected]


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