Recreational Services Facilities Tentatively Set to Open October 12
October 2, 2020 - Dorene DiNaro
Seidler Natatorium and the newly remodeled Johnson Center are tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday, Oct. 12. Access to the long-awaited center will include many protocols to keep our Lobos safe, and only current UNM students, faculty, and staff will be allowed in.
“While we are excited to show our Lobos all the work that’s happened to the facilities, we are planning the reopening in phases and proceeding with an abundance of caution,” says James Todd, Recreational Services Director. “We will have limited hours, facilities programs, services and greatly reduced occupancy loads.”
Visitors will enter through the west door where contactless identification validations, and a proximity card will be retired (Magstripe readers are no long available). Todd says that his staff have been trained in COVID safe practices and will be tasked will politely enforcing policy. Existing Magstripe only Lobo Cards can be replaced with new proximity Lobo Cards at the Lobo Card Office for free. You must have your current Lobo Card for the exchange otherwise standard replacement fees will apply.
“There are many new rules that must be followed including wearing an approved face mask at all times—even while exercising, all activities will be contactless following social distancing guidelines and equipment cannot be shared,” Todd says. “Anyone refusing to follow safety protocols will be asked to leave and a report will be filed with the appropriate UNM department.”
Among other things, anyone wanting to come to all LoboFit venues, the Olympic Pool, WOW fitness classes and the Outdoor Adventure Center will need to have a reservation (more information will be provided on that system soon). Locker rooms and showers are closed, and the maximum occupancy limit for all restrooms is two individuals unless specialized assistance is required, and drinking fountains and bottle filling stations are not available. Please arrive dressed to participate and bring your own water.
Signs are also in place throughout the facilities listing rules, protocols, maximum occupancy numbers, and social distancing markers are in place. For more information, visit the UNM Recreational Services website.