UREC’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan

UREC’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan

Phase 3

LSU University Recreation is currently operating under Summer Hours and under “Phase 3” per the Governor’s order.

 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 B
Adventure Center for Gear RentalCycle Studio
Outdoor and Indoor PoolsChallenge Course High Ropes
Leisure River
West Courts
Fitness Floor with 75% Occupancy
Individual Changing Rooms
Locker Rooms for Day Use Lockers
Esports Room
Boxing Studio
UREC at Nicholson
Sand Volleyball
Indoor Volleyball on MAC Court 2
Indoor and Outdoor Basketball Shoot Around on West Court
Studio A for GroupX
Outdoor Basketball Courts and Tennis Courts

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 Fitness85 People
Second Floor Fitness68 People
Third Floor Fitness18 People
Turf Area20 People
Powerlifting Area12 people
Boxing Studio10 people
Studio C8 people
Racquetball and Squash Courts1 person per court
Pool Lanes2 people per lane
ESports RoomAll Stations Open
Climbing Area20 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 and Indoor Lap SwimmingNo Reservations Required
Climbing AreaIM LeaguesLearn How to Reserve Space
Esports RoomNo Reservations Required
Gear RentalCall 225-578-3431N/A
GroupXIM LeaguesLearn How to Reserve Space
Racquetball/Squash CourtEvent Management (EMS)Learn How to Reserve Space

UREC Field Complex

The UREC Field Complex is currently open with space modifications and limitations to user numbers. As with all UREC facilities, masks are required within the gates of the UREC Field Complex.

  • No pick-up games for contact sports. These sports include but are not limited to football, soccer, rugby, and lacrosse
  • No groups larger than 5 people may participate together
  • No more than 20 participants may be on any one field at a time
  • All items are available for check out



At this time, some UREC programs are unavailable, but UREC is offering opportunities that are deemed safe and limit physical distancing.   

Table showing what programs will be available.
GroupXLimited Availability in Studio A, East Court 5, Mind/Body Studio
Intramural SportsAvailable
Personal TrainingAvailable
Adventure Education TripsAvailable
Swim LessonsAvailable
Sport ClubsVaries on Sport

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