After more than two months of shutdown due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Recreation Center will open again June 1 with a new set of operating procedures to keep guests as safe as possible while the pandemic continues.

To adhere to social distancing guidelines, capacity in the building will be limited and reservations will be required to use the fitness center to prevent overcrowding, says Director of Recreation and Citizen Engagement Rachel Leininger. In addition, all those entering the facility must check in first and cannot enter if they are exhibiting any signs of COVID-19.

Here’s what to expect:

Sneeze screens have been installed at the front desk and employees are required to wear masks. In addition, for the protection of guests, the restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected every two hours and capacity inside the restrooms will be clearly posted. Also, locker rooms will be closed and no changing facilities will be available. For additional safety, fountains will be disabled except for touchless water bottle filling stations. Guests are encouraged to bring their own water bottle.

After check-in, guests will be asked to use hand sanitizer or wash their hands before entering the fitness center or an exercise class.  In addition, guests will be given a bottle of sanitizer to clean all equipment after each use. This will be in addition to regular cleaning by staff. Signs around the facility will remind users of these routines.

The fitness center will be limited to no more than 20 people at a time so that social distancing can be observed, and equipment will be spaced to adhere to this policy. Capacity will be posted in specific areas. Members must reserve their workout time slot in the fitness center using Omnify online scheduling, available at under the Recreation Department. Only members will be able to reserve workout times. No daily drop-ins will be accepted at this time. The hours of 10 to 11 a.m. each day will be restricted to accommodate vulnerable populations. There will be no extra casual seating offered to limit congregating.

For fitness classes, participants must reserve a spot through the Mindbody app. Guests participating in a scheduled class cannot arrive sooner than 10 minutes before the start of the class.

For indoor team sports, guests should bring all their own equipment – balls, rackets, etc… – and observe social distancing rules during play.

Child care is not available, so guests should make other arrangements for young children.

The Recreation Department staff is happy to welcome guests back to the Rec Center and will take every precaution to help ensure they remain safe as they return to their workout routines.