Ohio University


In addition to all available federal, state, local and university guidelines, Campus Recreation will also follow the guidance of national sports governing bodies to re-open recreation facilities. The indoor facilities will be open with a focus on cardio and strength experiences, individual activity, and programming that can be offered with physical distancing practices in place. Available equipment will be distanced at least six feet apart; occupancy, hours, and availability will be limited; and equipment checkout will not be available (users may bring their own equipment for personal use).

Campus Rec Response to COVID-19


Activities, Programs, and Services

In conjunction with the availability of appropriate facility spaces, the following will be permitted with physical distancing guidelines in place:

  • Activities with limited or no physical contact, such as cardio, strength training, running, jogging, walking, swimming, table tennis, pickleball, tennis, and badminton.
  • Limited use of court or turf space for individual users
  • Limited group fitness classes will be available virtually. Some in-person classes may be offered with limited capacity to promote physical distancing.
  • Personal training services
  • Tennis courts

The following will not be permitted until allowed by state and University guidance:

  • Indoor rock climbing
  • Activities with high contact or in confined spaces (e.g., basketball, racquetball, squash, soccer)
  • Outdoor basketball and volleyball
  • Space Closures

    Some sport activity spaces (courts, turf fields, etc.) will be closed or repurposed to support adherence to guidelines.


    Meeting room spaces will remain closed except for approved reservations and common areas will offer limited seating.

  • Cleaning Expectations

    Campus Recreation will follow cleaning and disinfection guidelines from Facilities in addition to cleaning equipment and high touch spaces regularly throughout the day, as well as nightly. Cleaning supplies will be available to patrons who are strongly encouraged to use them on equipment both pre-and post-workout.

  • Intramural and Sport Clubs

    Intramural Sports will continue to run virtual programs and phase in individual and group programs as guidance allows. Campus Recreation will work with each sport club to determine appropriate standards and a general schedule to return to practice. Travel and competitions will not occur until restrictions are lifted and proper planning and appropriate distancing and safety guidelines can be met.

  • Outdoor Trips/Programming

    Outdoor Pursuits will continue to run virtual programs and on-campus “trips” that can maintain physical distancing. Off-campus trips will only resume when University travel restrictions are lifted and appropriate distancing and safety guidelines can be met.

  • Additional Services

    • Day lockers will be limited and operated with physical distancing in place.
    • Locker rooms will be closed initially.
    • Lost and found items will not be kept.