COVID-19 Updates

The UK Campus Recreation and Wellness Department is continually monitoring current University of Kentucky and Commonwealth of Kentucky policies concerning availability of our programs and services. We will be using this page to provide updates to our services, and to provide information for alternative recreational and wellness programs. Please visit this page frequently, or follow us on social media, for up-to-date information.

For university-wide resources, select this Remote Learning Resources link.

Facility Hours:

The Johnson Center and Alumni Gym will be open for Fall/Spring Semester hours starting Wednesday, August 12. Visit our Facility Hours page for days/times.

The Lancaster Aquatic Center will reopen on Sunday, October 18, for Recreational Lap Swimming.  Visit our Facility Hours and RecWell Services for your Lap Swim Reservation.

The Seaton Center is only available for reservation requests by UK Departments and registered student organizations. Reservations can be made using UK's online reservation system (EMS). 
 

Johnson Center and Alumni Gym Reopening Information

We need your help to remain open and provide a safe environment for exercising during this pandemic.  Please do your part by following all the guidelines.  Here are the new policies we have made in order to comply with state, local, and UK guidelines:

Overview:

  1. All cardio and strength equipment have been repositioned to maintain six feet of distance between users.

  2. Disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer are available throughout our workout spaces and inside bathrooms and locker rooms

  3. Frequently touched contact points have been added to our already robust cleaning schedule

  4. All staff will be required to wear face coverings while working

  5. Staff will be monitored for illness when reporting for work, and will not be allowed to work if signs of COVID-19 are present.

  6. The group fitness studios have been marked with workout blocks to maintain social distancing.

  7. JC only: Basketball, volleyball, and wallyball will not be allowed during this first phase of reopening

  8. Our daily equipment checkout program has been suspended. Feel free to bring your own equipment to use while in the facility.

  9. Water fountain drinking stations have been disabled. Water fountain bottle fill stations are still operational. Please bring your own water bottle.

  10. Water systems will be tested prior to reopening to ensure contamination is not present

  11. Building fans will be operating continuously during open hours to increase ventilation

  12. Staff will maintain a running count of users within our facility in order to comply with a reduced capacity number. Because of this, guests will not be permitted.

  13. JC only: Badminton (singles or doubles) and racquetball (singles only) will be allowed. Participants must use their own equipment.

  14. The front lobby has been closed, and lobby furniture removed.

  15. JC only: Direction of travel to access the second floor has been determined. The main stairway (across from the control desk) has been designated as one-way up, and the stairways at the end of the racquetball hallway and off basketball court one have been designated as one-way down.

  16. Floor signs will be placed indicating a 6’ distance for line formations.

Members:

  1. Face coverings are required inside the facility unless actively exercising.

  2. Social distancing of at least 6’ should be maintained throughout the facility. 

  3. All hand scanners will be closed. Members will be able to scan their own UK or Campus Rec ID card for admittance into the facility.

  4. Members should bring their own water bottles. Drinking stations will be closed, but bottle fill stations will still be available.

  5. Our daily equipment checkout program has been suspended. Feel free to bring your own equipment to use while in the facility.

  6. Staff will be unavailable for spotting in the weight room. Users should either lift weights that can be safely handled without a spotter, or the spotter must be someone already in your close contact circle (roommate, etc.)

  7. Guests will not be allowed during the first phase of reopening

  8. Sneeze guards have been added at our information desks. Please stand in front of the sneeze guards when talking to staff at these locations.

  9. Members should disinfect all equipment and day-use lockers before and after use.

Fitness Areas:

  1. Face coverings must be worn until actively exercising.

  2. Staff will be unavailable for spotting in the weight room. Users should either lift weights that can be safely handled without a spotter, or the spotter must be someone already in your close contact circle (roommate, etc.)

  3. Water fountain drinking stations have been disabled. Water fountain bottle fill stations are still operational. Please bring your own water bottle.

  4. Social distancing of at least 6’ should be maintained while in the fitness areas.

  5. Members should disinfect all equipment with disposable wipes before and after use.

Group Fitness Studios:

  1. Social distancing of at least 6’ should be maintained in the group fitness studios. Social distancing of at least 10’ should be maintained in the group fitness studios during certain group fitness classes. For classes, instructors will be available to assist with equipment and social distancing requirements.

  2. Face coverings are required inside the group fitness studios until exercising commences.

  3. The walls between the Blue and White studios in the JC, and the A and B studios in Alumni Gym, have been opened. Please use the correct doors, indicated by signage, to enter and exit the studios.

  4. When the studio doors are closed, please do not enter the studios, as either a class is in session, or disinfection procedures are being completed.

  5. Water fountain drinking stations have been disabled. Water fountain bottle fill stations are still operational. Please bring your own water bottle.

JC only: Gymnasium Area:

  1. Basketball and volleyball will not be allowed until further notice.

  2. Face coverings must be worn until exercising commences.

  3. Fitness equipment has been moved onto courts 1 and 2. Social distancing of at least 6’ should be maintained when using equipment in the gym.

  4. Badminton (singles or doubles) can be played on court 4. Players must provide their own equipment and maintain social distancing of at least 6’.

  5. Water fountain drinking stations have been disabled. Water fountain bottle fill stations are still operational. Please bring your own water bottle.

  6. The stairway near basketball court 1 is one-way going down. Please use the main stairway near the control desk to access the second floor.

JC only: Climbing Wall:

  1. Please approach the desk in front of the sneeze guard to check in and acquire equipment.

  2. Face coverings must be worn by both climber and belayer during the tie-in/belay set-up interaction. Face coverings may be removed once 6’ distance is established.

  3. Belayers and others at the wall who are not actively climbing should maintain social distancing of at least 6’. 

  4. Face coverings are required when not actively climbing.

  5. Hands must be washed or sanitized before and after activity.

  6. Water fountain drinking stations have been disabled. Water fountain bottle fill stations are still operational. Please bring your own water bottle.

JC only: Racquetball:

  1. Singles only racquetball can be played. Maximum number of people per racquetball court = 2.

  2. Wallyball will not be allowed until further notice.

  3. Water fountain drinking stations have been disabled. Water fountain bottle fill stations are still operational. Please bring your own water bottle.

Locker Rooms/Bathrooms:

  1. Face coverings are required inside the lockers rooms unless you are showering.

  2. Social distancing of at least 6’ should be maintained inside the locker rooms and bathrooms.

  3. Disinfecting wipes are available inside locker rooms and bathrooms. Please disinfect lockers and other surfaces before and after use.

  4. If you choose to shower, use the disinfecting wipes provided to disinfect handles and other touch points before and after use.

  5. Only day-use lockers with a green dot on the door will be in service.

  6. Please do not dispose of disinfecting wipes in toilets. This creates plumbing problems for the facility. Trash cans are available in each stall for wipes disposal.

  7. Please alert control desk staff if more disinfecting supplies are needed.

Common Areas:

  1. Face coverings must be worn when navigating to and from exercise areas.

  2. Social distancing of at least 6’ should be maintained at all times.

  3. Only day-use lockers with a green dot on the door will be in service.

  4. Please disinfect day-use lockers before and after use.

  5. Water fountain drinking stations have been disabled. Water fountain bottle fill stations are still operational. Please bring your own water bottle.

Lancaster Aquatic Center Reopening Information

We need your help to remain open and provide a safe environment for exercising during this pandemic.  Please do your part by following all the guidelines.  Here are the new policies we have made in order to comply with state, local, and UK guidelines:

Overview only, this is not a complete list.  Please go to the Aquatics website for all information and updated links:

Campus Recreation and Wellness
Lancaster Aquatic Center General Reopening Information

  1. All swim lanes maintain seven feet of distance between users.  Please swim in the middle of your lane.
  2. There are 22 lanes available for Lap Swim reservations.
  3. Reservations are required to swim at Lancaster Aquatic Center. Use your UK LinkBlue to reserve a lane.
  4. Reservations for a maximum of 30 minute swims are available Monday – Friday evenings. Reservations have start time 5:15pm with the last reservation at 7:30pm.  The facility closes at 8pm.
  5. Reservation for a maximum of 45 minute swims are available on Sundays.  Reservation start time of 12:30pm with the last reservation at 2:30pm.  The facility closes at 3:15pm.
  6. Disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer are available and inside bathrooms and locker rooms.
  7. Frequently touched contact points have been added to our already robust cleaning schedule.
  8. All staff will be required to wear face coverings while working.
  9. Staff will be monitored for illness when reporting for work. They will not be allowed to work if signs of COVID-19 are present.
  10. Feel free to bring your own equipment to use while in the facility.
  11. Water fountain drinking stations have been disabled. Water fountain bottle fill stations are still operational. Please bring your own water bottle.
  12. Water systems will be tested prior to reopening to ensure contamination is not present.
  13. Building fans will be operating continuously during open hours to increase ventilation.
  14. Staff will maintain a running count of users within our facility in order to comply with a reduced capacity number. Because of this, guests will not be permitted.
  15. The lobby furniture removed.
  16. Direction of travel to access the membership facility ID scan has been posted. Please follow directional signs on the floor.
  17. The entrance to locker rooms is two-way traffic.  Please wear your mask at all times other than swimming or showering.
  18. Floor signs will be placed indicating a 6’ distance for line formations.

Members:

  1. Face coverings are required inside the facility unless actively exercising. Please wear your mask at all time other than when swimming or showering
  2. Social distancing of at least 6’ should be maintained throughout the aquatics facility. 
  3. Members will be able to scan their own UK or Campus Rec ID card for admittance into the aquatics facility.
  4. Members should bring their own water bottles. Drinking stations will be closed, but bottle fill stations in the lobby area will still be available.
  5. Kickboards and pull buoys are available. This equipment will be sanitized after each lap swim reservation. However, feel free to bring your own equipment to use while in the facility.
  6. Guests will not be allowed during the first phase of reopening
  7. Please have your mask on when speaking to a lifeguard.  
  8. Members should disinfect day-use lockers before and after use.
  9. Members may remove their masks when entering the water, but must put the mask back on immediately upon exit of the pool.

Pool Deck Areas:

  1. Face coverings must be worn until actively exercising.
  2. Staff will be placing chairs at the end of each lane.  Patrons may leave their mask, towel and swimming equipment on the chair while they swim.  Chairs will be sanitized after each lap swim reservation.
  3. Water fountain drinking stations have been disabled. Water fountain bottle fill stations are still operational. Please bring your own water bottle.
  4. Social distancing of at least 6’ should be maintained while on deck.
  5. Please wear your mask when speaking with a lifeguard.
  6. Members should disinfect all equipment with disposable wipes before and after use.
  7. Face coverings are required inside the facility unless swimming.  Please wear your mask at all times when on the pool deck.

Swim Lessons

  1. Group lessons will not be allowed until further notice.
  2. Water fountain drinking stations have been disabled. Water fountain bottle fill stations are still operations.  Please bring your own water bottle.

Locker Rooms/Bathrooms:

  1. Face coverings are required inside the lockers rooms unless you are showering.
  2. Social distancing of at least 6’ should be maintained inside the locker rooms and bathrooms.
  3. Disinfecting wipes are available inside locker rooms and bathrooms. Please disinfect lockers and other surfaces before and after use.
  4. If you choose to shower, use the disinfecting wipes provided to disinfect handles and other touch points before and after use.
  5. Some of our day-use lockers will be unavailable as to maintain social distancing in our locker rooms. 
  6. Please disinfect day-use lockers before and after use.
  7. Please do not dispose of disinfecting wipes in toilets. This creates plumbing problems for the facility. Trash cans are available in each stall for wipes disposal.
  8. Please alert control desk staff if more disinfecting supplies are needed.
     For more LAC Facility COVID-19 Policies and Rules Information please click here

Virtual Offerings -- Campus Recreation and Wellness

Virtual Group Fitness Classes are now available! Follow the link to sign up.

Koru Mindfulness
Koru is an evidence-based program specifically designed with college students in mind to help in the reduction of stress and anxiety while also increasing one's sleep and self-compassion. 
Participants will learn specific skills that help calm and focus their mind, including breathing exercises, guided imagery, body scan, and more! Please select the Koru Mindfulness link and join us!

Wellness Coaching
Make a Zoom appointment with a Wellness Coach.

Virtual Recovery Meetings

For summer meetings, Mississippi State has opened its all-recovery meeting up to all southeastern University students. You can attend these meetings on Tuesdays at 3pm EST via the link here.

The Association of Recovery in Higher Education has created a list of national recovery meetings for students which can be found here.

 

Active at Home:

Being stuck at home all day can make it harder to get active. Try some of the following to keep your activity levels high and boredom low!

Looking up workouts or ways to get active online? Make sure it is coming from a credible source! Look for websites that end in .gov, .org, or .edu or if you look on Youtube make sure that the person you are listening to is a certified fitness professional! 

 

Important Links

 

Basic Recommendations for Protecting Yourself:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice social distancing by keeping at least 6-feet between yourself and others when possible
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Wash your hands immediately after.

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