States are slowly reopening, each varied in its guidelines and restrictions.
For George Brown, the director of University Recreation and Wellness at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, planning for reopening rec centers starts with determining guiding assumptions. They are as follows:
“From this, we are going through very intentional space-by-space audits of the facilities,” said Brown. “We will look at program and service capacity as we continue to work with our institutional leadership on policies and procedures being developed in all areas of the campus.”
Over at Oakland University, the recreation department is also using several guiding principles to make decisions on reopening. “Below are the guiding principles we are using,” said Greg Jordan, the director of University Recreation and Well-Being. “At this time, we haven’t announced anything formally. We are taking into account various guidelines and best practices to apply it to the specifics of Oakland University. Things like partially opening facilities, reduced hours, and relocating strength and cardio equipment seem pretty consistent around the country.”
Oakland’s guiding principles:
Across the country from Oakland, the University of Arizona is working on a reopening plan. Troy Vaughn, the director of Campus Recreation, said their best guesstimate for reopening right now is on or around July 1. However, he said the University of Arizona is projecting anywhere from a $1.5 to $2.5 million deficit. Plus, 75% of the Campus Recreation team are affected by mandatory furlough days through the end of June 2021. Most are required to take 26 days of furlough, while higher level administrators are required to take 39.
And yet, Vaughn remains positive and looking ahead. “The good news is my team has been active with virtual programming and our online content continues throughout the summertime,” he said. “My team has developed a great plan for reentry, and I feel confident once we are given the green light to open back up, we will be ready to go to provide a safe environment for patrons to come back to.”
Vaughn shared several considerations for their reopening operations:
Jordan shared a deeper dive into the recommended structure for their communications in their reopening plan, targeting all user groups with non-policy reopening information. It will follow the below outline of message topics and what will be communicated:
Welcome Back to the Rec