August 20: Limited Fall Rec Center Hours Begin Tuesday, August 25

We reopened the Rec Center on July 28 and our current hours are: Mon-Fri from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, August 25, our hours will expand to:
Mon-Fri from 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sat/Sun from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Please note the following important policies and procedures for using the Rec Center:

You are required to wear a UMaine-approved face covering at all times while in our facility, even while maintaining the required 14 feet of distance from others. These are generally made of multiple layers of cloth, cover the nose, mouth and chin, and are secured either with ear loops or with ties behind the head. General-use “paper” medical-style masks, and commercially-available dust masks, are also acceptable. Of particular note, **face shields, neck gaiters AKA Buffs, and bandannas will not be acceptable**. We will have disposable face coverings to offer anyone who does not have an acceptable face covering.

Before you enter we will do temperature checks and ask you to answer some questions. We will also ask you to wash your hands frequently and clean machines or weights *before and after* you use them, and only bring the necessities with you to the Rec Center such as keys, ID, and cell phone. Come dressed to exercise so you don’t require a bag.

In order to best promote the health and safety of all facility patrons and staff, new protocols have been implemented, including social distancing, re-spacing of fitness equipment, and expanded cleaning and disinfecting of equipment and surfaces. Due to these new protocols, certain equipment and areas of the fitness center are not available for use. The pool, sauna, racquetball/squash courts, basketball/MAC courts, upstairs bathrooms, and locker rooms are not available at this time. There is no towel service.

Capacity limits will be enforced in the facility and in individual spaces. Our current limit in the Rec Center is 50.

Only UMaine students and employees, and local residents who had active memberships on March 16, 2020, will have access to the Rec Center. **No day passes, use of punch passes, group use or new memberships will be available at this time.** We have also discontinued the 30-day short term membership option.

We have strong plans to help keep us all as safe as possible as we get back to the gym. We need all of us to do our part for the health of our community. The most important thing we can all do is wear face coverings while on campus as directed/requested. It will be good to see folks in person again!