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By Ilyas Hussein
Ryerson students will have priority access to the university’s fitness centers this fall.
The Mattamy Athletic Center (MAC) reopened on July 26 with a 20% capacity limit in its fitness area “to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience” under current COVID-19 guidelines.
In a statement released by the university, it was also announced that Ryerson’s other fitness center, the Recreation and Athletic Center (RAC), will be open in late August. However, no further information on the reopening of the RAC has been released.
“All of our reopening decisions are based on two priorities: first and foremost, the safety of our students, members and staff,” reads an update on the university’s website. .
Reservations and reservations can be made online at the Ryerson Recreation website and students are limited to one reservation of 90 minutes per day. Masks will also be mandatory during the exercise.
Students are also required to self-screen 24 hours prior to entering facilities through the RyersonSafe app or website and provide proof of their completed screening prior to arriving.
“While our initial reopening is student-focused, we hope to be able to welcome our members again at the end of August,” the update said.
A new waiver of participation will also need to be completed before a student’s OneCard is activated to allow access to the facilities. It can be completed on the Ryerson Recreation website.
The university urges students to complete this process before they arrive.
“Don’t be surprised if you haven’t completed your waiver and your OneCard isn’t working at the RAC and MAC turnstiles.”
It was announced on August 13 that faculty, students and staff coming to campus will be required to disclose their immunization status as of September 7. This will apply to MAC and RAC starting this fall, but it is not clear if students will have to provide proof of their immunization status at this time.
“Those who have not been fully vaccinated or who do not wish to disclose their vaccination status will need to be tested [for COVID-19] to come to campus, ”Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi said in a statement on Aug. 13.
After completing their workout, students will need to take their scent home with them, as showers are not currently available at the MAC Fitness Center. Activities such as intramural activities and walk-in sports are also not operational at this time.
“Much attention is paid to risk management and activities are selected and modified to meet changing public health demands, ”the university’s website read.
Reservations will be required for all activities at the MAC as long as capacity restrictions are still in place.
With files from Thea Gribilas