Re-Opening FAQ

Your safety, and that of our staff, is our top priority, and we have implemented health and safety guidelines set by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the University of Illinois. Many of our services, amenities, and activities will be available in phases, and some of our spaces will have new capacity limits based on the guidelines and out of an abundance of caution.

We will continue to update this page with additional information, so check back often. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 

Re-Opening Date: August 17, 2020

Stage 1 – August 17 through August 24

  • 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; CLOSED Weekends
  • Cardio & strength equipment, including track
  • Locker Rooms/Showers

Stage 2 – August 24 through Semester End

  • M-F: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; SAT/SUN: Noon – 8 p.m.
  • Cardio & strength equipment, Gym 4 cardio space with dumbbells and benches, including track
  • Learn to Swim, Intramurals, Club Sports, Instructional Kitchen, Food Assistance & Wellbeing, Campus Bike Center, Mindfulness Space, Group Fitness, Personal Training, Facility Rentals, Meeting Rooms, MP Rooms, Locker Rooms/Showers, Locker Rentals, Day Use Lockers, Auditorium
  • Climbing Wall will open September 15, 2020
  • Campus Rec tennis courts due to open August 31, 2020

Please view our Campus Rec space grid to see what areas will be open or closed starting Oct. 4.

*Scheduled barring any unexpected issues that would prevent us from opening in a safe and effective manner.

Q: What facilities will be closed until further notice?

  • CRCE, Ice Arena, Outdoor Center, Complex and Illini Grove – CLOSED, open only for COVID-19 testing and scheduled Campus Recreation programs.

Q: What are the hours of operation for ARC?

  • August 24-November 20; MON-FRI: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; SAT/SUN: Noon – 8 p.m. (based on University attendance)

Q: Will my membership be valid upon arrival?

  • All payroll deduction memberships will be valid with no further disruption to your membership. Annual memberships that expire August 15 will be extended to August 31 to allow plenty of time to renew.

Q: How can I renew my locker?

  • We are offering a locker renewal/clean period prior to ARC officially opening, on August 6-7 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. You can renew your membership and/or locker at this time, as well as clean your locker out if you aren’t joining us this Fall.

Q: What changes are you implementing to keep members safe?

  • Face masks will be required at ALL TIMES when using Campus Recreation facilities. Masks are required even while exercising.
  • Masks are required on the pool deck; however, you may remove your mask upon entry to the water. When you exit the water, you must put your mask back on.
  • When outdoors, masks are required if you are sharing equipment of any kind OR when social distance of six feet cannot be maintained.
  • Exhalation valve masks & face shields will not be permitted. 
  • In the event someone says they cannot wear a mask, the following is where we should refer them:

Students need to work with DRES (217.333.4603)

Employees need to work with the Office for Access & Equity (217.333.0885)

Q: What are your expectations of members?

  • The safety of our employees and our members is a shared responsibility. As such, we expect all of our patrons to:
    • Stay home or go home if they feel ill or present any COVID-19 related symptoms.
    • Wear a face mask per University mandate at ALL TIMES and that all facility policies, rules and guidelines are followed:
      • Keep their masks in their possession at all times and resume wearing them immediately following strenuous exercise (and necessary recovery / cool down time)
      • Wear masks at all times
      • Patrons will be asked to comply with guidance and direction provided by staff
      • Wipe down equipment before and after each use with wipes / disinfectant provided
      • Observe physical distancing of 6ft or more
      • Avoid physical contact (high fives, hand shakes, basketball games, etc)
      • Respect and follow safety procedures, guidelines, directional signage, and instructions from employee & pro staff

Q: Will masks be required?

  • Per University policy, masks or alternative mouth/face coverings (ex. gaiters) must be worn indoors at ALL TIMES.

Q: What amenities will not be available upon reopening?

  • Following guidance from the CDC, IDPH, and University, the following will not be available until further notice:
    • Vending machines
    • Drinking fountains; only contactless bottle fillers will be available for use. We encourage members to bring their own refillable, reusable bottles
    • Towel service (both in our locker rooms and throughout the facilities). We encourage members to bring their own towel(s).
    • Saunas
    • Steam rooms
    • Non-single stalled showers
    • Stretching mats

Q: What facility access options will not be available upon reopening?

  • Following guidance from the IDPH, CDC, and the University, the following will not be available until further notice:
    • Guest Passes

Q: How will members gain entry to the facility?

  • Members will enter through the main entrance off Peabody Drive. Members will use the doors on the left side of the main entrance to enter. The doors located on the right will only be used as exits.

Q: Which cardio machines will be available?

  • About half of our machines will be available in their normal locations to allow for appropriate social distancing between members while working out. 
  • In order to perform enhanced cleaning, certain areas and equipment may be temporarily unavailable or out-of-service.
  • Members should wipe down equipment after each use (disinfecting wipes will be available throughout the facility).
  • Members should remain in their workout stations to cool down and only leave that station when they feel safe and comfortable donning a mask.
  • All floor fans will be removed from the activity areas; large ceiling fans will not be turned on.

Q: What fitness equipment will be available?

  • The following functional equipment can be checked out at the North and South equipment rooms:
    • Various exercise balls
    • Various exercise bands
    • Jump ropes
    • Attachments for cable pulling machines
    • Mats for stretching
  • Weights and kettlebells, and a limited number of barbells will still be available on the floor.
  • Not all selectorized weight machines will be available each day
  • Large stretching mats have been removed.
  • Foam and rumble rollers will not be available.
  • Members should remain in their workout stations to cool down and only leave that station when they feel safe and comfortable donning a mask.

Q: Will racquetball / squash / handball / basketball / badminton courts be open for use?

  • Racquetball and Squash Courts open starting 9/24
  • Reservations required 45-min time slots available
  • Reservations open 7 days in advance and are available 8a-7p, M-F and 1p-7p, Sat & Sun
  • Reservations able to be made online (see instructions below)
  • Solo play and individual use ONLY.  No doubles or multiple people allowed.
  • Face coverings are required in RB / Squash courts
  • No fitness equipment is to be moved from the fitness floor into a court
  • Equipment rental is not available at this time. Racquetballs and squash balls may be purchased at Member Services.
  • Badminton Courts available beginning 9/28
  • No spectators allowed
  • Reservation required45-min reservations available
  • Reserve on Campus Recreation website
  • Reservations available September 28 – November 8; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8a-7p Tuesday & Friday 8a-4p; Saturday 1p-7p; Sunday 1p and 6p; November 9 – November 15 Monday-Friday, 8a-5p; Saturday 1p-7p; Sunday 1p and 6p; November 16 – November 20; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8a-7p; Tuesday & Friday, 8a-4p
  • Face covering required at all times
  • Equipment checkout not available. Shuttlecocks available for purchase at Member Services.
  • Basketball: Gym 2 available only
  • Reservations required beginning 10/5
  • One person per hoop / half court only
  • Face covering required at all times
  • Equipment checkout not available
  • No spectators or rebounders allowed

Q: Will competitive sports (intramurals and sports clubs) be offered or available?

Q: Will pick-up basketball and other Open Rec Sports (e.g. pickup basketball, group dance practices, or court sports, etc.) be allowed?

  • Open Rec Sports will not be allowed until further notice.

Q: Will the sauna at the ARC be open?

  • The sauna will remain CLOSED until further notice.

Q: Will there be Group Fitness classes?

  • Group Fitness classes will continue this Fall. Class sizes will be small and each participant will have their own quadrant they are to stay in during class.

Q: How do I freeze my membership once ARC re-opens?

  • Members will have the option to keep their membership on pause at it is now, re-start, or completely cancel. The pause will only be for a few months and then we will ask members to either cancel or we will re-start.

Q: If I had a membership last year, can it be prorated towards this year? How much would it cost (faculty) staff for the fall semester when the prorated rate is applied?

  • If you did not request a refund, we placed a pro-rated credit on your account to be used towards a future membership purchase. The credit amount would depend on what type of membership you previously purchased. If you would like to know how much that credit would be, please reach out to Member Services and they will be able to verify your specific amount information and credit.

Q: Will locker rooms be open?

  • Yes, locker rooms will be open and shower stalls will alternate every hour between being operable and closed for disinfection. We will be posting this schedule soon.

Q: When are students able to use the ARC?

  • If a student is registered for fall classes their fees start on August 16. If you choose to come in prior to then, you must have your fall registration schedule pulled up on a phone or computer, show Member Services, and they will activate your iCard for you.

Q: Regarding facility usage by spouses and partners: Does the recent email from the Chancellor requiring twice weekly COVID-19 testing of UIUC faculty and staff mean that others who previously used ARC with memberships joined to UIUC employees cannot do so unless they have ways to having twice weekly testing as well?

  • At this time we are allowing sponsored memberships, and are still determining the appropriate requirements for non-faculty/staff/students. Please continue to watch our website for more information.

Q: How many air changes per hour are there on the track and upstairs fitness machines?

  • We utilize a central air system, so the air isn’t necessarily changed, it’s filtered and recycled throughout the facility.

Q: Will there be a capacity for the ARC?

  • ARC will have a capacity of 183 people in the facility at a time during Stage 1. We are still waiting if this number will change when classes begin. We will have a Facility Count that is constantly updated which will be placed on our website so you can see if you are able to get in.

Q: Will the ARC Outdoor Pool be open this semester?

  • The outdoor pool will not be available or used this Fall 2020 semester for lap swimming or informal recreation.
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