Facility Guidelines

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  • Effective Jan. 15, 2021: All fitness classes are limited to 10 participants (1 fitness instructor + 9 participants = 10) with social distancing. This is in response to Governor Pritzker's Resurgence Mitigation plan moving to Phase 4, Tier 2.

The safety of our students, patrons, and team members is what is most important to us. The SIU Rec has always been dedicated to providing a healthy way of life to the Saluki community, and with a carefully planned and phased approach, we will begin to reopen. Each of us will play an important role in making the Rec a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

In accordance with   SIU,   Illinois,   CDC,   IDPH  guidelines we are taking extra precautions to help our patrons and staff stay safe and healthy. This includes extensive cleaning protocols, enhanced procedures, and social distancing practices within our facility. Patrons will be asked to follow signs and floor decals located throughout the facility to ensure the safety of all. You will notice increased spacing between the equipment and within workout areas to allow for appropriate social distancing.

As we navigate through the reopening of the Rec, there will be some new things to expect during each phase. We appreciate your help and understanding as we work through this time together. Below you will find guidelines to assist you and our staff to make the Rec a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

If you have a specific concern or you need help locating hand sanitizer stations, please see any Rec Center team member. You can also   e-mail us  with additional questions or concerns.

According to the CDC guidelines, older adults, 65 years and older, or who are at higher risk for severe illness should take additional safety precautions. It is not recommended these individuals work out in congregate settings during this phase.

All information and guidelines herein are subject to change.

Check-In Process

Must be an active student or a current member to enter the facility.

  • Self card swipe – Members can swipe their own cards at the Reception Desk. Employees at the Reception Desk will observe the system function to determine access approval.
  • Touchless entry/exit – all patrons will enter through an accessible entry gate that will be open.
  • During this semester, for health and safety purposes, no children under 16 will be permitted to enter the facility for general recreation.

Guest Code of Conduct

  • Face masks are required at   ALL TIMES  when using the Student Recreation Center facilities, even while exercising.  Masks are required on the pool deck; however, you may remove your mask upon entry to the water. When you exit the water, you must put your mask back on.  If you are not wearing a mask you will be asked to leave.
  • Personal use hand towels will be available at the reception desk – Wipe down all equipment you touch before and after use.
  • Lifting to be done in a safe/weight-appropriate manner as to NOT require a "spotter"
  • All users must maintain 10’ social distance while working out – Group Fitness classes have designated 10’ squares on Court 4 in East Gym for each person’s use.
  • Adherence to all designated room max capacity signage.

RSS Staff

  • Masks are required
  • Staff will be screened and enter through the Student Health Center, after attesting to health questions and getting their temperature checked
  • Must maintain 6’ social distance with co-workers and patrons in the facility
  • Gloves are required when cleaning equipment
  • Staff will enforce guest code of conduct
  • Adherence to all designated room max capacity


  • Fall Students paying General Rec Fees off-campus will need to purchase a Fall Rec membership to get into the Rec, as those fees do not cover the Rec Center fees.
  • Fall students who are paying General Rec Fees on-campus do not need to pay for a Fall Rec membership, as it is included in your on-campus student fees.
  • To find out which category you are (on campus or off campus) you can check your Bursar bill under Charges.
  • Any further questions regarding this, please contact the Bursar’s office.

What is Available:

  • Group Fitness Studio
    • Limited Availability
  • Base Camp Rentals
    • by appointment only
  • Cardio Studio
    • every other machine closed on a rotation to maintain social distancing
  • East and West Weight Rooms
    • Lifting to be done in a safe/weight-appropriate manner as to NOT require a "spotter"
  • Upper and Lower Tracks
  • Basketball Courts 1 & 2 (TURF COURTS)
    • Available by reservation ONLY
  • Basketball Court 3
  • Basketball Court 4
    • Now designated as the Group Fitness Area (no basketball)
  • Basketball Court 5
    • Weight training is available
  • Basketball Court 6
    • now designated as Badminton/Pickleball
    • Must bring own equipment
  • Central Fitness Studio
  • Courtside Fitness Studio
    • Lifting to be done in a safe/weight appropriate manner as to NOT require a "spotter"
  • Personal Fitness Studio
  • Court 7 in East Gym
    • Available for open use
  • Racquetball Courts
    • MAX 1 Player per court 
    • MAX 2 Players per court with a mask at all times while playing on the court
  • Martial Arts Studio
    • Available by reservation ONLY

What is NOT Available:

  • No Equipment Check out
  • No Towel Service
  • No Day Use Lockers
  • All drinking fountains closed, be sure to bring a water bottle to fill at touchless bottle filler stations
  • Climbing Wall closed
  • Cycle Studio closed
  • Saunas closed
  • Soccer, volleyball, and cricket
    • No drop-in/pick-up/group play