UREC’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan

UREC’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan

LSU University Recreation is currently operating under Fall Hours.  LSU UREC’s priority is to open facilities in a way that puts the health and safety of our staff and members front and center. UREC’s health and safety plan takes into account CDC guidelines and state and local government guidelines and recommendations. UREC is committed to providing quality and inclusive space and programs while minimizing the risk of exposure.

 Members will notice adjustments to the facility including closed areas, occupancy levels, and shifts of programming space.  There will be no guest passes available in the foreseeable future, and no new non-student memberships will be sold.

We encourage all members to review information on this page, and information on our COVID Reopening Communication Plan for more in-depth information. 

Table showing what areas of the dacility will be open and closed.
What is Open?What is Closed?
UREC Main FacilityEast Entrance
Climbing AreaStudio A and B
Adventure Center for Gear RentalCycle Studio
Outdoor PoolsIndoor Pool (unless inclement weather)
Leisure RiverSauna
West CourtsEast Court for sports. Open for GroupX Classes
Fitness Floor with limited capacityChallenge Course
Individual Changing RoomsBasketball Courts
Locker Rooms for Day Use LockersSand Volleyball
Esports RoomSand Volleyball
Boxing Studio
UREC at Nicholson

Max Occupancy for Facility Areas

UREC staff will be monitoring the number of people in each area to follow state guidelines and to ensure the safety of everyone. 

Table showing the max capacities of different areas.
Facility AreaMax Occupancy
First Floor Fitness299 People
Second Floor Fitness291 People
Third Floor Fitness30 People
Turf Area30 People
Powerlifting Area12 people
Boxing Studio19 people
Studio C20 people
Racquetball and Squash Courts2 person per court
Pool Lanes2 people per lane
ESports Room3 people in PC room and 4 people in console room
Climbing Area12 people


UREC is encouraging reservations for certain activities/spaces in the facility. See the list below for areas in which you can make a reservation. If you do not reserve space, you may use the space until the person with a reservation arrives.

Table showing where to go for reservations.
Area for ReservationMeans to ReserveWatch How to Reserve
Outdoor Lap SwimmingEvent Management (EMS)Learn How to Reserve Space
Climbing AreaIM LeaguesLearn How to Reserve Space
Esports RoomIM LeaguesLearn How to Reserve Space
Gear RentalCall 225-578-3431N/A
GroupXIM LeaguesLearn How to Reserve Space
Racquetball/Squash CourtEvent Management (EMS)Learn How to Reserve Space


At this time, many UREC programs are going to be made unavailable, but UREC is offering opportunities that are deemed safe and limit physical distancing.   

Table showing what programs will be available.
GroupXLimited Availability at Z Wood Court, East Court 5, Mind/Body Studio
Intramural SportsLimited to individual sports and Esports
Personal TrainingAvailable
Adventure Education TripsNot Available
Swim LessonsNot Available
Sport ClubsNot Available

Precautionary Measures

UREC Staff

  • All staff are required to wear face masks during shift
  • Cashless transactions will now be the only option to pay for equipment and services at UREC
  • Equipment is limited and cleaned before and after use.
  • Staff will be monitoring facility numbers at entrance, fitness area, and courts.
  • Plexiglass barriers installed at operations desk

Physical Distancing Efforts

  • Building capped at 50% occupancy
  • Fitness Area will be capped at maximum capacity in each area
  • GroupX class participants will be required to be 8 feet apart.
  • Limited outdoor pool deck furniture.
  • Distance marks will be set up in the Climbing Area to keep climbers at least 8 feet apart.
  • Physical distancing floor graphic reminders throughout the facility.
  • All visitors must wear a mask upon entry and exit of the facility per the Governor’s Executive Order
  • Climbers must wear mask


  • Electrostatic antimicrobial sprayers used nightly.
  • UV wands used on all touch points throughout the day
  • Additional hand sanitizer and gym wipe stations throughout the building
  • Increased cleaning performed by custodial staff and student staff
  • All members strongly encouraged to wipe down equipment before and after use