Good Morning/Afternoon! Hope you all are doing well! Please drop comments or questions here!!!
What type of Health screening is anyone doing?
Adelphi U in Long Island NY (NYC metro area) OUr President is co-chairing a private colleges re-opening group for NYS. We are just starting to have committees formed on campus to get started with all this.
what are schools doing with massage if that is something they are offering ?
schools that have reopened are you seeing a decline in numbers coming into your buildings?
00:39:51Ross Rod - UT Austin
@OScee are you still making people sign up through IM Leagues for workout times?
UCCS- We have a work group with a mix of programmers, facilities, and leadership staff. Created a matrix spreadsheet to have staff identify all risks of their programs and facilities and ranking the risk severity/likliehood. Then have staff write mitigation plans for all of those identified risks within the facilities or programs. input PPE needed to mitigate, chemicals needed, more/less staff needed..etc.. Work group will review all mitigation plans and go from there.
For those in communities that have mandated masks being worn in businesses, how are you working with that requirement?
State of Ohio Governor did not include gyms in phase 1 of re-opening so we still don't have a date. When we do re-open it likely won't be all facilities and will limit hours some since participation won't be high with no students around. Have been instructed to plan for 50% occupancy maximum when we do re-open.
00:41:23Max, Swarthmore College
Will anyone be requiring participants to wear masks while using their facility?
Columbia in NYC, we are working with university facilities to rework custodial post orders. We are a split facility with athletics so taking into account what athletic specific spaces may not be in use so that we could reassign cleaning that would normally be done in those spaces to the rec spaces (mainly considering the athletic locker rooms, which may not be in use therefore wouldn't need daily cleaning)
00:41:50Wheatfall III, Oscee - Texas A&M
@Ross yes we are
nothing determined yet but likely will move some cardio equipment to wood court spaces since basketball will not be an activity that is permitted
What Emergency response measures are being taken given the American Red Cross guidelines during Covid-19?
We are waiting for guidance from our administration and Health Center professionals. Although, if I student wanted to wear their own we would certainly allow it.
For those of you who have their pools open, are you doing one person per lane, or is it something like one person for every other lane?
Matt @Harvard We are still early in planning with an unknown timeline on a re-open, but we will be providing each employee with 5 masks.
are you minimizing your hours of operations for patrons?
We will likely be minimizing hours of operation, but more from a budgetary reasoning
00:46:12Colin Bachinski - Grand Valley State University
@Kristen, we (at Grand Valley State) are looking at the availability of staff that we have available to open. If we have enough to fully open, then we would be normal hours, but based off of the availability of staff is what we would be looking at.
CDC guidelines should be out on or around May 15th
00:46:55Max, Swarthmore College
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Southern Miss still closed, with tentative slow roll for professional staff to enter facility May 18th to begin prepping the facility and deep cleaning with a hopeful opening in June.
00:47:05Frances Caron - UCR
Ellis issued their guidance yesterday for aquatics.
00:47:17Chelsea Randolph - Texas A&M
CDC will have recommendations on May 15th
00:47:37Chelsea Randolph - Texas A&M
for the pools
00:48:03Ross Rod - UT Austin
CDC should be requirements not guidelines if they are really doing their job... IMHO
00:49:06Max, Swarthmore College
Hours will be significantly less. The original plan would be to mimic academic break hours (6:30am-7pm), however, I will be reducing those hours even more.
Stanford is planning on phases so phase 1 proposal is one pool open only and limited hours yes
We are proposing 5-9am; 11am-1pm and 4-8pm
00:49:53Daniel Perdue- UNC-Pembroke
That would all depend on who will still be on or around campus
To touch back on masks briefly, are any facilities planning to provide masks for either staff or patrons? Whether that is coordinating with your on-campus health center or purchasing out of your own budgets if your municipality requires them being worn?
00:50:31Max, Swarthmore College
I will be closing down our facility twice per day during hours of operation for an hour to do a clean of each piece of equipment.
00:50:38Frances Caron - UCR
We are providing staff masks or neck gaitors depending on their position.
00:50:40Wheatfall III, Oscee - Texas A&M
@Jason - we have purchased them for all of our student staff
We are still waiting to find out about furloughs of full time staff. Our building will not open until July 31st at the earliest so we will definitely need to have reduced hours and/or a delayed opening to get everything up an running when our furlough is over.
Depends on supply chain...
Disposable masks or attempting to disinfect reusable masks?
we are going to staff additional cleaning staff as often as we can given availability. we are also putting out feelers via social media and virtual group ex to see how many people may be wanting to use the rec if we reopen in summer or fall
00:52:05Wheatfall III, Oscee - Texas A&M
@erin Resuable cloth masks we will wash each night
00:52:21Matthew Gordon- Harvard University
We will be purchasing 5 masks per staff member to start. We are a contracted out rec program (Health Fitness), and we won't be billing Harvard for this.
We haven't been told if we will have assistance providing masks (will be required for employees) but Utah has a free mask program so people who need them to return to work can request one.
00:52:53Frances Caron - UCR
Each staff will get their own personal masks/neck gaitors that can be washed and reused (not cloth). Trauma bags will have additional/different masks.
Clemson is working to provide reusable masks.
nothing set in stone, but in planning discussions we plan to provide cloth masks to our employees, still debating if we will provide masks to participants
Is anyone making a move from spray bottles and towels to gym wipes for cleaning equipment after use? And if so- have you found them to be readily available?
is anyone considering making their own masks??? or partnering up with an academic course to make?
I worry about the germs spreading if we wash germs, BUT I also worry that students won't wash them as many are using quarters to do laundry
*If we wash masks in house
Hopped on late due to LG interviews! Hope everyone is doing well!
We are thinking about suspending towel service
Cloth masks - they are for guests protection and not the student staffs protection, no?
Alabama is looking at ceasing towel service
00:55:16Matthew Gordon- Harvard University
We will be suspending towel service
00:55:19Daniel Perdue- UNC-Pembroke
There was a discussion about that yesterday and the vibe was leaning towards suspending it
but doesn't bleach kill everything, we bleach all of our towels.
any concerns about having patrons wear masks while working out with breathing difficulties
00:56:38Max, Swarthmore College
Piece of advice… Ask if you need to run all posted signage through your institution’s office of communication to ensure it’s the correct message.
Isn't the asymptomatic nature of carriers one of the bigger problems with this virus all around? Temperature checks and questions about symptoms are great to filter out sick people when they enter the facility, but they don't do anything when someone isn't showing symptoms but is still carrying the virus.
What is the communication plan to apprise patrons of what is expected when entering building?
00:57:06Colin Bachinski - Grand Valley State University
A bit off topic for now, but for those that oversee facilities that are both athletic and recreation facilities, how are you going to handle situations like closing down basketball courts for recreation use, but if the NCAA/your respective athletic conference says athletics can start up again, allowing them to utilize those courts?
There was a large conversation about towel service is yesterdays Member Services Roundtable. A decent number of schools are planning to discontinue towel service, and possibly rethinking their offerings in the future
Are effective/proper cleaning supplies avaiable and going to remain available for remaing open?
@Megan we are referring to special policies during this time as the "COVID Code of Conduct" and plan to market/advertise it like that around the facility and online for our members to reference
the University of New Hampshire rec center is currently set up as an overflow hospital
Flushing water systems and cleaning/sanitizing ice machines
report to board of health is all we’ve heard so far
00:58:34Max, Swarthmore College
Resource from the EPA - https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2
00:59:32Mike Chadee - UT Southwestern
We were told our traditional washing of towels would be enough, however, collection of used towels is where the transmission concern is for us.
in regards to providing masks, we've been required to wear masks in public in Miami for 3+ weeks. If students have reusable masks, we will put the onus on them to launder them. The general public here is held to that same standard currently, so we wouldn't have to teach new behaviors.
01:01:52Max, Swarthmore College
The resource I put in the chat from the EPA is cleaners/disinfectants to use against COVID
We are considering putting all drinking fountains out of commission, only keeping the water bottle refill stations. Have others considered this?
@Olivia- yes- considering keeping only the bottle filler function available
01:02:31Matthew Gordon- Harvard University
@olivia, definitely on the list
@olivia raxter didn't even think of that!
what about bottle fillers?
Has there been any discussion about day use lockers and those needing to be cleaned?
@autumn we are considering keeping bottle fill stations open but closing drinking fountains
Does anyone or is anyone planning on using a bleach solution for cleaning? We may have our students clean with bleach and our patron use Virex II. Any thoughts on that?
01:03:41Chelsea Randolph - Texas A&M
Texas A&M took water fountains offline before completely shutting down by blocking them off with caution tape
how are you encoring that people aren’t changing?
01:05:34Ross Rod - UT Austin
@Rebecca are you staffing locker rooms then?
is anyone limiting elevator capacities? Ours would only be able to have one person in it (maybe two) while abiding by the social distancing protocols
01:07:30Max, Swarthmore College
Will you be cleaning your elevator after each person uses it?
That is what we are trying to decide, more frequent cleaning definitely
we’re ready for it, not confirmed if we will
01:07:59Matthew Gordon- Harvard University
Staffing extra areas are probably not in the budget
but possibly monitoring the amount of people in the elevator at one time
01:08:06Max, Swarthmore College
1 person at a time, clean after each use.
any plans for if you get complants about someone not socail distancing?
01:08:35Ross Rod - UT Austin
Limit to emergency/accessability use only and clean in between?
signage, mount hand sanitizing station
Have to remain open for medical emergencies...
01:09:05Ross Rod - UT Austin
I’ve seen places put wipes in the elevator for button selection, but that doesn’t do anything if someone coughs in the elevator
Propping doors open for stairwells, entrances to gyms/rooms?
Same Matthew. We are going to have a hard time budget-wise attempting to staff extra after the decent hit to our revenue income. It’s going to be a struggle.
Do folks have a plan or systems for large-scale regular disinfection like Clorox 360, Sani Sport, Sanosil, etc.?
01:10:45Max, Swarthmore College
Just a thought, ask your office of student conduct if that could be a student conduct violation if they fail to practice physical distancing.
Propping doors would be a fire code violation I believe...
01:11:15Ross Rod - UT Austin
agreed with @Colleen
Then cleaning after each use?
Propping doors open is a security issue as well
Agreed, Owen. Just like other rules and regulations...
Depends on if it is a fire door. Propping doors will affect hvac but that may not matter.
Has anyone made any changes to their reports to include "social distancing violation" as a selection or creating any sort of POST COVID specific forms that will be used? More specifically, has anyone added something like this to Connect 2?
Those of you with climbing walls, keeping them closed initially or how or you planning to slowly reopen that amenity?
@Meagan we haven't yet but will definitely be adding it to our Connect 2 reports before reopening
Thanks @olivia raxter!
Toe Door openers!
@Darby we plan to keep many areas closed such as the wall for a bit
01:13:18Max, Swarthmore College
Is anyone working to install automatic open sensors?
I think it would be a good call for us to create an additional part of our incident report or a separate incident report to easily keep track of it separately from day-to-day incidents
@Erin Wells what would you for people with disabilities that may not have that option to use foot/arm?
I may have missed this if it was discussed, but are there any plans on restrictions with weight room floors, informal recreation spaces, etc? Can't really spot someone on the bench press from 6' away.
01:15:26Max, Swarthmore College
@Dana - I would suggest removing all possible opportunities where individuals would need a spotter. This might include squat racks and benches.
01:15:55Max, Swarthmore College
My plan will be for people to only be able to use selectorized machines for weight training.
Daily limited exposure to viruses/bacteria is how our immune systems stay healthy. We need to remember that some exposure is going to happen even with out best efforts in place. I think its important to evaluate what is ideal with what’s realistically possible.
what about pick up rec activities such as basketball?
01:16:58Max, Swarthmore College
I will be repurposing my free weight area and moving selectorized equipment to that area to increase the physical distance between people.
We will be most likely closing our rec gym to open rec and will be moving equipment there as well
01:17:38Daniel Perdue- UNC-Pembroke
there was a convo yesterday about limiting basketball courts to select time slots for only one person.
I work for The Ohio State University Newark campus. I purposed we closed the basketball courts. Its a gateway for a large gathering and physical contact between patrons
no equipment checkout
01:18:12Max, Swarthmore College
I like what Oscee said earlier about informal recreation courts
We've been talking about not having any sports in our gym
Not in phase 1, offline for awhile
Before we closed, we suspended all pickup activities in gyms. We didn't rent out any equipment. Our struggle will be with athletics if/when the NCAA brings everything back because we share our main facility with athletics.
01:18:41Ross Rod - UT Austin
How many of our facilities remain on a list to be a possible Acute Care Site/Field Hospital list? Are you thinking about that with your re-occupation plans?
Has any other schools been told they may convert their gym space to classroom space to help with social distancing?
Anyone considering if/how sport clubs will operate or participate? Any new policies, screenings?
Our plan for reopening will just be the cardio floor for phase one
01:19:27Colin Bachinski - Grand Valley State University
Wondering the same thing as Devon!
01:19:39Max, Swarthmore College
Will be mirroring what the NCAA does
@Ross our athletic facility uptown is being used as a COVID hospital right now so it will be offline until further notice
Wait and see. NCAA will somewhat guide the conversation
01:21:27Max, Swarthmore College
NCAA does not have a statement yet on fans.
Individual and dual sports will be key ….
NU is housing First Responders in one of our dorms
This was a recent offering:
SCW WEBINAR: Prepare to Reopen: Important Practices to Anticipate & Prepare For
Here are the notes they sent out
Thank you for sharing those, Cristina!
^I second this!
01:25:30Max, Swarthmore College
Cristina…You da real MVP
01:25:45Mary Catherine Martinez
Purdue mentioned yesterday on the member services call that they were being asked about using the gyms as classroom space
Thank you, Christina!
We are all in this together.. :)
Thank you @Cristina
@cristina rodriguez I feel like your statement should be followed with a HIgh School Musical gif!
@Cristina yes...at different levels depending on location :)
This recovery readiness guide from Cushman & Wakefield is a great reference too!
01:27:25Frances Caron - UCR
We are for guards and are looking at adjustign rotations, but have not made a final decision.
@Olivia thank you.
01:27:47Frances Caron - UCR
We purchased specific masks for our guards that can get wet (non-cloth).
@cristina thank YOU!
@frances caron do you have a link for those masks you purchased?