As King’s continues to adapt to living and learning under COVID-19, UKC Athletics has announced a limited reopening of the gym.
For now, appointments are restricted to students, staff and faculty. Public memberships are not yet available, but the university intends to continue the service in the future as public health safety precautions and protocols allow.
“This will provide students, staff and faculty with fitness opportunities while ensuring that they are safe in a workout area that has proper distancing,” said Neil Hooper, athletic director at King’s.
The cardio and weight rooms will be available by appointment seven days a week. There are three time slots available for appointments from Monday to Friday: 10am-12pm; 1-3pm; and, 4-8pm. Each cardio and weight room appointment is 45 minutes in length, and students need an appointment to enter the building.
The length of the appointment considers time required for cleaning equipment between usage. “It is extremely important that all safety protocols be followed,” said Hooper. Masks are mandatory inside the facility and directional arrows on the floor must be followed. Hand sanitizer is available, and staff will regularly disinfect equipment and surfaces.
Students, staff or faculty can book weekday or weekend times to use the gym floor. Just like the cardio and weight rooms, anyone who wishes to use the gym floor must read the safety protocol fact sheet and fill out an online check-in form beforehand. To book the gym floor, send an email request to: email@example.com. Each gym floor appointment is 45 minutes in length. Groups of up to five are allowed per booking. Email requests for group appointments should list the names of all attendees.
“If we work together, follow the rules and protocols as a team,” Hooper said. “We will get through this pandemic, and be able to stay fit and strong in the process!”
Through King’s association with Dalhousie, King’s students also have access to many Dalhousie facilities including the DalPlex.
Find out more about Dalhousie Athletics & Recreation.