Reopening of Campus Rec

The REC Pool has reopened (effective August 3)

Note: The rest of the facilities to remain closed at this point.

On Monday, August 3, the Campus Rec pool alone reopened to members with lane reservations only.  To reserve a lane, see the tab below for Pool  & Lane Reservations (Required).  Pool hours are 6a-6p weekdays, 8a-4p weekends.  Face coverings must be worn on the pool deck at all times.  Entrance and exit is at the south end of the pool (7th Street emergency exit doors).  The rest of the facility remains closed with no access to locker rooms.  

We request that you follow CDC safety protocols and stay home if not feeling well or having a 100.4 degree or higher temperature.

With our commitment to your health and safety, the following protocols will be in place upon reopening: 

Be Active. Stay Healthy.

Beginning Monday, August 3, the Campus Rec pool alone reopened to members with lane reservations only* during the following hours:

Mon-Fri      |   6a – 6p                         Sat/Sun      |   8a – 4p   

*See tab below for Pool  & Lane Reservations (Required)

Note:  The rest of the REC facilities will remain closed at this time.  When the REC does reopen, our plan is to provide the following limited hours of operation during Phase I:

  • The REC hours will be weekdays, 6a–7p, and weekends, 8a–5p.
  • Bouldering Wall at the REC will be open Mondays and Wednesdays only, 6-8pm.
  • NOTE:  NorthREC will remain closed until at least the start of the Fall 2020 semester.

In an effort to make the facilities as safe as possible, Campus Recreation will:

    Increase Cleaning Protocols

    • Clean all high traffic and touch areas frequently with a disinfectant that kills the COVID-19 virus
    • Disinfect bathrooms repeatedly (including the 2 all gender bathrooms behind the Front Desk)
    • Clean exercise equipment on a regular schedule
    • Provide access to disposable gym wipes (located in bucket stands) for individual equipment cleaning
    • Provide automatic hand sanitizer stations throughout the REC

    Adhere to Safety Precautions

    • Require all staff to wear face coverings
    • Monitor staff health
    • Add shield guards to check-in points
    • No longer accept cash transactions

    Impose Social Distancing

    • Limit the number of people in specific areas; set capacity limits (check the website for updates/announcements as facilities approach or have met the limits and must prohibit access to the facility)
    • Enforce distancing of 8 feet between patrons
    • Relocate or remove equipment to provide adequate space barriers
    • Indicate proper spacing perimeters with blue tape on floors

    Minimize Contact

    • Separate entrance and exit areas with stanchions
    • Provide directional signage and posted instructions/protocols within the REC
    • Remove entry and exit gates
    • Eliminate the center turnstile
    • Change out finger vein scanners for card swipes
    • Upgrade restroom sinks, toilets, soap dispensers to automatic/no touch sensors (in progress)
    • Prop open doors to reduce surface contact and provide additional airflow
    • Close all gyms and eliminate close contact activities like basketball, volleyball, team sports, etc.
    • Limit access to the pool and pool deck; require lane reservations to swim
    • Shutdown equipment rentals at ECO and Outdoor Rec
    • Shutdown towel service
    • Eliminate all touch-to-use water fountains 
    • Limit use of day lockers
    • Close off access to showers, locker rooms, cabanas

    Keep Patrons Informed of Latest Updates

    • Prioritize communication through the website (announcements, capacity limits, etc.) 
    • Use Campus Rec social media channels to push out to students
    • Communicate directly via email with faculty/staff, alumni, and affiliate members

    Listen to Your Concerns and Make Adjustments, as necessary

    We ask that all members and patrons take personal responsibility for their own safety as well.

    • Carry your CatCard (or government-issued photo ID) for contactless check-in
    • Keep a safe distance of 8 feet apart; no partner workouts
    • Wear a face covering at all times in the REC (*see below for the University of Arizona guidelines and additional information)
    • Practice good hygiene: 
      • Wash hands (or use hand sanitizer) frequently
      • Avoid touching face
      • Cover mouth when coughing/sneezing (use elbow, not hands)
    • Stay home when sick (100.4 or higher temperature)
    • Clean all equipment before and after use
    • Bring your own water bottle (filled), towel, and personal equipment

    *Face Covering Guidelines

    The general guidelines for the University of Arizona are summed up in the graphic below (English and Spanish versions).

    The CDC provides useful face covering resources including Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 and instructions on How to Make Your Own Cloth Face Masks (out of common household items) and care for them.  The American Council on Exercise (ACE) offers important information on Exercising with a Face Covering: Safety Do’s and Don’ts.


    The pool reopened (weekdays 6a-6p, weekends 8a-4p) to members as of August 3 for lap swimming by reservation only.  To reserve a lane in advance, visit (see instructions for how to reserve a lane).  Reservations can be made 24 hours in advance.

    During Phase 1 of the re-opening, the following restrictions will be in effect:

    • Pool hours are limited
    • Face coverings will be required at all times on the pool deck
    • Minors/guests are not permitted in the pool or pool area
    • There will be no group swimming; only one person per lane, even for families
    • The pool deck is closed to lounging and sunbathing
    • Pool equipment will not be available for public use; please bring your own personal swim equipment
    • Towel service is unavailable; please bring your own towel

    Entrance to the pool will be on the 7th Street side at the Pool Emergency Exit Doors (south end of the pool).  

    Upon initial reopening, Campus Rec will provide access to the pool and weight room/fitness equipment areas only.  New protocols and instructions are posted throughout the REC.  To gain entry and use the facility:

    • Enter (and Exit) only from 6th Street
    • Check in with a CatCard or government-issued photo ID
    • Follow all posted instructions
    • Wear a face mask at all times
    • Maintain 8 feet social distancing
    • Use bursar, credit card, or a personal check for all transactions; cash will not be accepted

    Please Note

    Minors are not allowed in the facility at this time.  

    Many services will be reduced or closed during the initial reopening of the REC.


    • Limited pool hours 
    • Lane reservations required through; lanes will be assigned upon arrival
    • No minors/guests permitted in the pool/pool area
    • No group swimming; one person per lane
    • Pool deck is closed to lounging/sunbathing
    • Pool equipment will not be available
    • Pool deck "Day Use" lockers limited to swimmers during their reservation time


    • Equipment Check-Out (ECO) is closed; there will be no equipment rentals
    • Outdoor Rec Rental Center is closed
    • "Day Use" lockers are limited


    • Water fountains are closed (Exception: auto water bottle refilling station on 2nd floor next to Track)
    • Towel service is unavailable
    • Showers will not be available (locker rooms/cabanas are closed)

    Closed Spaces

    • Locker Rooms/Cabanas
    • Bathrooms near Weight Room
    • North Gym, South Gym and MAC Gym
    • Smart Moves Studio (except for Personal Training)
    • Golf Simulator
    • Outdoor areas:
      • Boulding Wall
      • Sand Volleyball
      • Practice Fields (Sitton, Bear Down)
    • Lounge areas

    New Memberships

    Campus Rec is not accepting new memberships at this time.  

    Guest Passes

    Day Guest Passes (for adults 18+ years only) are available for purchase if the individual has previously purchased a pass and is already in the system (not accepting any first-time guests).  At this time, minors are not allowed in the facility. 

    Annual Memberships

    All current annual memberships have been extended by the number of days that Campus Rec had been closed due to the pandemic, equivalent to March 18 through June 28, 2020 (?).  Payroll deductions were not charged during this period.

    Summer Memberships

    New summer memberships are on hold temporarily.  Any student who was enrolled at the University this past spring semester can use the REC over the summer.  To celebrate Arizona's Class of 2020, May graduates have been granted "free access" to the REC through the end of the year (December 2020).

    Semester Memberships

    Spring semester memberships were partially refunded due to the mid-semester closure.  Semester memberships will again be available in the fall.  There are no Minor Semester Memberships available at this time.  

    More information coming soon.


    If you have a membership-related question or issue, please complete the Contact Us form using the subject category "Membership/Refunds/Lost & Found" and a Customer Service team member will respond within 48 hours.