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Sports & Fitness Announces Partial Reopening of Student Life Center

As the University of Houston-Downtown increases on-campus instruction, Sports & Fitness will follow suit with the gradual reopening of the Student Life Center starting Monday, April 19.

“We in Sports & Fitness are beyond excited to reopen for our University Community, namely our student population, as we know the value of a healthy Gator during these trying times,” said Associate Director Rhonda Scherer.

In an effort to safely resume a healthy workout regimen, the Student Life Center will reopen with modified hours Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and with modified programming. The University Community – including active students, faculty and staff – may work out during operating hours while adhering to current safety policies including wearing a face mask, respecting a six-foot social distance from other patrons and frequently washing/sanitizing hands.

A capacity of 40 members in the Student Life Center will be enforced and a reservation process may be implemented if capacity numbers are reached. Fitness equipment, usually found on the second floor, has been spread throughout the facility to exceed recommended social distancing for our members’ exercise needs. 

Members will be allowed to check out a basketball for single shooting practice (one person per basket) for a 30-minute time period should others be waiting. Though group exercise classes and intramural programming will continue extensively online, some in-person group classes and intramural sports programs will be scheduled throughout the remainder of spring and into the summer months.

Some services that will not be available at this time but expected to return by Fall 2021 include locker usage, showers, competitive open recreation sports (basketball) and club sports engagement.

For more details about the reopening plans, please review the reopening guidelines on the Sports & Fitness website.