Sumers Recreation Center COVID-19 Operations

Student walking in front Sumers Rec Center

COVID-19 Operations at a Glance

The Sumers Recreation Center is open to students only.

  • Sumers Rec will operate on block scheduling with regular closures for thorough cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Students are required to register for each visit beginning 48 hours in advance at recstore.wustl.edu or on the WashU Rec App.
  • Masks are required at all times with the exception of swimmers who are in the pool.
  • Cardio equipment is not available during this initial opening phase.
  • Students have access to selectorized and strength training equipment in the Sumers Fitness Center as well as open workout space in Studio 1904 and the three-court gym.
  • Millstone Pool is open with limited lane space. See the “Pool Access” drop down below for detailed information.
  • Francis Field and Bushyhead track continue to be available. Students have access during their registered visits while other WashU community members have drop-in access during posted hours. See the “Outdoor Facilities” drop-down below for more info.
  • Several spaces within Sumers Rec are closed or limited in use. Please see the “Space Restrictions” drop-down below for more information.
  • Several WashU Rec programs such as BearFit classes, BearFit training and intramural sports will operate in a modified fashion.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT

Students are required to register for their visits beginning 48 hours in advance at recstore.wustl.edu or on the WashU Rec App and must bring a WashU ID and proof of completing the University’s daily self-screening.

Students must register for a “report time” during which they are asked to arrive within the first 25 minutes. There are a limited number of registrations available for each report time. Students are asked to limit registrations to one visit per day and to cancel registrations if they are unable to attend.

Sumers Rec Center Hours

The facility will be open for 90-minute blocks followed by a 30-minute closure during which all high-touch surfaces will be cleaned with a disinfectant fogger.

Monday-Friday

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (Report times: 7:00, 7:30 a.m.)
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Closed for disinfecting
9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m. (Report times: 9:00, 9:30 a.m.)
10:30 .m. – 11:00 a.m.. Closed for disinfecting
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Report times: 11:00, 11:30 a.m.)
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Closed for disinfecting
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Report times: 1:00, 1:30 p.m.)
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Closed for disinfecting
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Report times: 3:00, 3:30 p.m.)
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed for disinfecting
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Report times: 5:00, 5:30 p.m.)
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Closed for disinfecting
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Report times: 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 p.m.)

Saturday-Sunday

10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. (Report times: 10:00, 10:30 a.m.)
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Closed for disinfecting
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Report times: 12:00, 12:30 p.m.)
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Closed for disinfecting
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Report times: 2:00, 2:30 p.m.)
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closed for disinfecting
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Report times: 4:00, 4:30 p.m.)
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Closed for disinfecting
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Report times: 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 p.m.)
This schedule is subject to change.

Registration and Facility Access

REGISTRATION

Students are required to register for a report time beginning 48 hours in advance at recstore.wustl.edu or on the WashU Rec App. Students are asked to limit registrations to one visit per day and to cancel registrations if they are unable to attend. Cancellation instructions are below.

  • Log in to the Rec Store https://recstore.wustl.edu/.
  • Locate your profile in the top right hand corner.
  • Click on your name and then click on “profile.”
  • Locate “programs” in the list on the left hand side of the screen.
  • Locate the program registration you are wanting to cancel and click on the three vertical dots on the right hand side of that program listing.
  • Click on “Cancel Registration.”

Upon arrival to Sumers Rec

Students are also expected to have completed the University’s daily self-screening prior to arriving at the facility.

Students must swipe their WashU ID at the terminal to the left of the Sumers Rec Center main entrance to unlock the door. This is for contact tracing purposes.

A WashU Rec employee will greet all members inside the front entrance, perform a temperature check and ask for proof of having completed the University’s daily self-screening.

Once Inside the Facility

Guests can perform a contactless checkin at the front desk by swiping their own ID cards or by scanning a custom barcode from the WashU Rec app on a barcode scanner.

Health & Physical Distancing Measures

Face Masks

Guests are expected to follow University policy regarding face masks while in the facility. Masks that cover your mouth and nose will be required at most times with the following exceptions.

  • Swimmers can remove masks while they are in the water.
  • Guests using outdoor facilities can remove their masks if they can maintain six feet of physical distancing.

Pre-Entry Checks

  • All guests will be required to swipe their ID on the external card terminal for contract tracing purposes.
  • All guests will receive a contactless temperature check.
  • Guests will be required to show proof of having completed the University’s daily self-screening.

Physical Distancing Measures

  • Guests will be able to do a contactless checkin by swiping their own ID or by scanning a barcode from the WashU Rec app.
  • WashU Rec has placed floor markings and signage throughout the facility to guide guests on common paths in order for everyone to remain at a safe physical distance.
  • All equipment within the facility has been placed at least six feet apart.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Participants are expected to thoroughly clean equipment after each use. WashU Rec has significantly increased the amount of cleaning wipe stations available throughout the facility.
  • The facility will be thoroughly disinfected using a specialized disinfectant fogger multiple times throughout the day and staff will also be on hand to help disinfect during opening hours.
  • The water fountains throughout the facility will be turned off but guests will still be able to fill their bottles at the bottle filling stations, which will be disinfected regularly.
  • Equipment and towel lending has been suspended and we are not providing cloth material equipment such as yoga mats and straps for BearFit classes or training. Members can purchase a yoga mat at the Member Services desk.

Space Restrictions

Restrooms

Restrooms will be limited to two people at a time.

Rec Locker Rooms

The Rec Locker Rooms will only be available for swimmers who have registered for an open swim time. Swimmers can only use the locker rooms to change before entering the pool and are expected to wear a mask while in the locker rooms. The showers and sauna will not be available for use per county health guidelines.

Rec Courts

Rec Courts 1 and 2 are housing cardio equipment that are not currently available for use. A portion of Court 1 as well as all of Court 3 will be available for for singles badminton and physically distanced floor workouts. Basketball and volleyball will not be available.

Elevated Track

The Elevated Track will only be accessible as an avenue to access Francis Olympic Field and Bushyhead Track during posted hours. The rest of the track will be unavailable for use. The boxing units will not be available for use.

Studio Spaces

Studio 1904 will be available as an individual workout space. Capacity is set at four people for Studio 1904.

The Olympic Studio will only be used for distanced personal training and will otherwise be unavailable.

Zen Den

The Zen Den will remain closed until further notice. Massage therapy and massage chairs will not be available for use.

Racquet Courts

The racquetball and squash courts will be closed until further notice.

Zenker Wellness Suite

The Zenker Wellness Suite is closed for the foreseeable future. Check this page to learn more about the Habif Health and Wellness Center’s modified programming.

Outdoor Facilities

Francis Olympic Field & Bushyhead Track

Students must register for a report time at the Sumers Rec Center in order access the field. Registration is at recstore.wustl.edu.

All other members of the WashU campus community — including staff, faculty and contracted employees — will continue to have drop-in access during scheduled hours. No off-campus visitors will have access per University restrictions to visitors. Check the Francis Olympic Field web page for updated hours and details on facility access protocols.

Tao Tennis Center

The Tao Tennis Center will continue to be available to members of the WashU Community for drop-in use during scheduled hours. No off-campus visitors will have access per University restrictions to visitors. Check the Tao Tennis Center web page for updated hours and details on facility access protocols.

Membership Info

New Memberships

WashU Rec is only offering new membership sales to part-time, non health and wellness fee-paying students beginning October 5. Once WashU Rec is able to offer facility access to faculty staff and contracted employees, WashU Rec will begin offering new membership sales to those populations.

Learn More about Membership Sales

SPOUSE/PARTNER, RETIREE, ALUMNI IMPACT

Per University policy, visitors to campus are restricted to those deemed “mission-critical.”  Therefore, the memberships of spouses, partners, retirees, and alumni will continue to be suspended indefinitely.

MEMBERSHIP EXTENSIONS/REFUNDS

  • Membership Extension (Default): We plan on extending all paid memberships by a duration equivalent to the length of time a membership has been in suspense;  however, we’ll also be adding on an additional one-week extension to thank you for your patience and understanding. There is no need to contact us if you’d like a membership extension. This extension will be executed once your membership population regains access to facilities.
  • Prorated Membership Refund If the membership extension will not work for you, we can prorate your refund based on the remaining length of your current membership. Since we do not keep credit card information on file, we will contact you by phone to complete your refund. Please e-mail us at rec@wustl.edu making sure to include your phone number and input “membership refund” in the subject line.
  • Payroll Deduction: Payroll deducted memberships can choose between the membership extension option or a prorated membership cancellation. If you decide to extend your membership and have not yet reached the full deduction total ($200), you will continue to receive payroll deductions until the full deduction total is met. Once your full total is met ($200) you will no longer receive any further deductions. However, your membership will be extended equivalent to the length of the closure when we reopen plus one additional week. If you choose the prorated cancellation option, we will turn-off future deductions and refund you any deductions since our March closure.

Locker Rooms & Lockers

Rec Locker Rooms

The Rec Locker Rooms will only be available for swimmers who have pre-registered. Swimmers can only use the locker rooms to change before entering the pool and are expected to continue wearing a mask while in the locker room. The showers and sauna will not be available for use per county health guidelines.

Locker Room Lockers

The yellow day use lockers will be available to swimmers. Swimmers will also be able to use their rented lockers.

Non-swimming members with rented lockers have the following options as the locker room continues to be offline for regular use.

  • Locker Extension (Default): We plan on extending all paid locker rentals by a duration equivalent to the length of the locker room closure;  however, we’ll also be adding on an additional one-week extension to thank you for your patience and understanding. There is no need to contact us if you’d like a locker rental extension. This extension will be executed once we open full access to the locker rooms.
  • Prorated Refund: If the locker extension will not work for you, we can provide a refund commensurate with the number of days the locker room was offline.  The prorated refund amount will be based on the per-day rate of your current rental.  Since we do not keep credit card information on file, we will contact you by phone to complete your refund. Please e-mail us at rec@wustl.edu with your phone number if this is your preferred choice.

*Regardless of which option you select, your personal items will remain secure in your locker.  We will not clean out any lockers even if your expiration date occurs during the closure.  You will have ample time to retrieve your personal items when we reopen.

Day use lockers

The day use lockers located throughout the Sumers Recreation Center will continue to be available for use. We ask users to sanitize lockers, including the combination panel, with a disinfectant wipe after removing belongings.

Pool Access

Pool Protocols

  • Swimmers are required to register for report times beginning 48 hours in advance at recstore.wustl.edu or on the WashU Rec App and must bring a WashU ID and proof of completing the University’s daily self-screening.
  • Swimmers will enter via the Sumers Rec Center main entrance. Even after the initial checkin at the front door, swimmers are asked to check in with the staff on the pool deck.
  • The open swim schedule does not correspond to the Sumers Rec Center open hours. Swimmers will still be able to swipe in at the Sumers main entrance to access the pool while Sumers is closed.
  • Only one swimmer per lane will be allowed and a maximum of 12 people allowed in pool area at a time.
  • Swimmers will be required to wear a mask on pool deck until entering the water.
  • Showers and sauna will not be available. Lockers rooms will only be available as a changing space for swimmers. Swimmers are expected to wear a mask in the locker rooms.
  • Towel service will be unavailable.
  • No swim equipment will be available for lending, however goggles will be available for purchase at the membership services desk.

Open Swim Hours

Monday-Thursday

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Report times: 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m.)
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Report times: 7:00, 8:00 p.m.)

Friday

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Report times: 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m.)

Saturday-Sunday

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Report times: 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 p.m.)

This schedule is subject to change.

Equipment Lending & Sales

At this time the Level 2 Equipment Desk is closed and there is no equipment available for lending. Shared yoga mats will not be available for use throughout the facility.

WashU Rec will offer yoga mats, fitness band packs, swimming goggles and badminton racquets for sale at the member services desk.

South 40 Fitness Center

The South 40 Fitness Center remains closed indefinitely. Check back for more information on the reopening of S40 Fitness.

BearFit Classes

Virtual Classes

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 threat and the extended closure of the Sumers Recreation Center, WashU Rec will offer an expanded schedule of virtual classes for the fall 2020 semester. WashU Rec is offering live classes streaming on the WashU Rec YouTube channel. These classes are free and open to anyone.

BearFit Virtual Class Schedule

Outdoor Bootcamp Classes

WashU Rec will offer outdoor BearFit Bootcamp classes Saturday mornings at Mudd Field beginning Saturday, Oct. 10. All class participants are required to register for classes at recstore.wustl.edu or on the WashU Rec App. Drop-ins will not be allowed.

Class Schedule
10-10:30 a.m. w/ Meghann
11-11:30 am. w/ Lily
12-12:30 p.m. w/ Noor

Participants are expected to follow the following guidelines:

  • Participants will wear masks until class begins. Each participant will be spaced 12 feet from each other at all times.
  • Participants must have completed a waiver prior to participating in classes.
  • Each class will be limited to 24 spots.
  • In-person participants should arrive early to check-in directly with the instructor. Contactless check-in can be done by scanning a custom barcode from the WashU Rec App.
  • Soft or cloth equipment will not be offered for use. This includes mats, bolsters, straps, blankets, TRX straps, etc.
  • Participants are welcome to bring their own mats if desired.
  • Hard equipment such as dumbbells, kettlebells and weight bars will be used. Equipment will be sanitized before use and participants will be asked to disinfect equipment after use. No equipment will be shared.

Outdoor Class Weather Policy

A determination to cancel classes in cases of inclement weather will be made by no later than 9 a.m. on Saturdays. Registered class participants will be notified by e-mail if classes are canceled. In the event classes are canceled, two BearFit BearFit virtual classes will be held instead.

BearFit Training

WashU Rec will continue to offer online programming as well as physically distant in-person training. Members can purchase online and in person training packages in the online rec store.

Initial consultations for new clients will be available via Zoom and all initial paperwork will be completed online.

In-Person BearFit Training Protocols

  • WashU Rec will accept 1-on-1 personal training appointments with BearFit trainers.
  • Training sessions will take place in the Olympic Studio or outdoors.
  • Training will be contactless. BearFit trainers and clients will both wear masks and maintain at least six feet of physical distance.
  • Soft or cloth equipment will not be used, this includes mats, bolsters, straps, blankets, TRX straps, etc.
  • Hard equipment such as dumbbells, kettlebells and weight bars will be used. Equipment will be sanitized before use and participants will be asked to disinfect equipment after use.

Intramural Sports

WashU Rec will begin to introduce low-risk, non-contact activities with the following safety protocols in place.

  • All staff will wear personal protective equipment.
  • Participants will be required to wear masks while checking in
  • Masks will not be mandatory while participating in a physically-distanced fashion
  • Examples of activities will include soccer skills competition; punt, pass and kick; football combine.

Check the IM Page for Updated Programming and Registration Information

Sport Clubs

WashU Rec is working closely with representatives from Student Union and Campus Life to develop guidance for all WashU student groups this fall. Additionally, we are working with campus partners to determine whether it will be possible to provide safe access to the South Campus facilities. We’ll update this page with more concrete information once we know more.

Other Programming and Service Impacts

WashU Rec regretfully won’t be able to safely support several of its regular programs this fall due to COVID-19-related restrictions. At this time, we don’t anticipate offering the following programs and services.

  • Racquetball, squash, table tennis and pickup basketball/volleyball are not available.
  • Massage Therapy and Massage Chairs in the Zen Den
  • Cooking Classes
  • Bear Adventures
  • Swim Lessons
  • Zenker Wellness Suite Programming

Student Employment

WashU Rec is in need of students to Join Team WashU student staff for the 2020-21 academic year. Check the Team WashU page or join a Zoom recruitment session for more information.