Department of athletics covid-19 updates

Everything you need to know about how COVID-19 is affecting the Department of Athletics at the University of Guelph

ontario COVID-19 Update:  June, 2021


The Department of Athletics will be providing some recreational opportunities in June for current registered U of G students. For up-to-date information on which activities and programs are available, please visit here.


what you need to know

We are working hard to welcome you back into our facilities. In order to maintain best practices, we will be implementing a phased approach to re-opening each facility.


Use this website as a reference for our COVID-19 related re-opening procedures so you know what to expect and when.

Please continue to check here & our social media accounts for updated information as it becomes available. 

Memberships, NRG & Fitness Programs

Facilities & Rental Opportunities


re-opening information

Click here for the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre hours.


We need your help in following all our procedures and rules in the building in order to ensure we can move through these phases and open up more spaces and activities. 


Please note as each phase opens ALL programs and spaces will require participants to pre-book their spot before arrival.

Click the heading below for more details.


How is the Athletics Department planning to keep users and staff safe?

Student, staff, faculty and community members’ health and safety is our priority.

This is a list of changes that we need to make in our operations and every day routines in an effort to minimize exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Planning follows the hierarchy of controls below.

Guiding Principles for re-opening

  • The Health and Safety of all our students, members, and community users
  • Continue to offer high quality programming and services we are known for, while mitigating risk.
  • Continue to prioritize fiscal responsibility and revenue generation.
  • Fewer Faces – Bigger Spaces
  • Don’t Bring It; Don’t Spread It; Don’t Catch It

Actions required from full time & part time staff, and/or members & students:

  • Work from home and conduct virtual meetings, if possible
  • Stay home as much as possible – enjoy our virtual programming
  • When outside of your home, practice physical distancing
  • Physical distancing means limiting close contact with other people to slow the spread of an infectious disease by keeping at least two meters (six feet) away from one another
  • Face coverings need to be worn at all times when physical distancing is not possible or not predictable.
  • If you are ill, have flu like symptoms or have a fever or cough, stay home
  • Avoid crowded places and non-essential gatherings
  • Greet people with a wave instead of a handshake or fist bump
  • Control access
  • Limiting occupancy
  • Signage in facility to physical distance or wear a face covering if this is not possible or predicted
  • Enforcement
  • Pre-screening for staff and clients
  • Manage entry points – markers, queues
  • Increase sanitation practices and signage to encourage proper hand and face hygiene
  • Students, members and staff should leave when done activity – no congregating

Elimination Goals

  • Stay home if sick
  • Self-assessments at start of shift
  • Maintain physical distancing
  • No contact greetings

Substitution Goals

  • Work from home, if possible
  • Virtual programming

Engineering Goals

  • Redesign layout of facility in zones – sign up required for each zone
  • Block access to pieces that cannot be moved to accommodate physical distancing
  • Install barriers between strength equipment, in consult rooms and at swipe in desk
  • Limit numbers in areas and facility
  • Delineate spaces – physical markers of space –signs, footprints etc.
  • Eliminate access points
  • Hand sanitizer stations on equipment and at all entrances
  • Cleaning schedules
  • Ventilation flush regularly
  • Bins for staff to put belongings in – not communal space
  • No congregation in staff offices

Administrative Goals

  • Physical distance and face covering requirements
  • Signage, training, and education


  • Each facility will make a map to define plans for circulation, direction, queuing, and layout.
  • Floor decals to implement plans for circulation, direction, queuing, and layout to encourage physical distancing have been installed.
  • Communication materials such as posters for: Hand hygiene reminders; Hand Washing guidelines; Participant and Staff Screening reminders; Equipment Cleaning Reminder; Closed/Open/In/Out/Capacity signs; Facility Specific Notices and Rules will be posted, including elevator use communication.
  • Plexi-glass barriers for countertops have been installed for front desk/reception locations.
  • Drinking fountains out of service: All water drinking fountains will be taped off as they are not to be used. Water bottle dispensers will still be available for use.
  • Paper towel dispensers have been installed.
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations have been installed


  • Custodial Services maintains and cleans our facilities with the exception of the areas listed below*. Our Facility Manager is working closely with Custodial services to ensure high standard of cleaning for high touch public areas such as main corridors, washrooms, changerooms, elevators and stairwells.
  • Personal offices will be cleaned at off-hours to maintain physical distancing
  • Personal desktops and personal items will not be cleaned by Custodial. Individuals occupying these spaces will be asked to clean their own spaces regularly. Shared service stations such as client services, equipment lending and fitness centre control, will be cleaned by each employee at the start and end of their shift, and anytime during a shift where a new employee is introduced to the work station (i.e. break coverage)
  • Cleaning practices to be constantly reviewed and align with Custodial Services and industry best practices.
  • *Internal cleaning plans are in place for the Fitness Centre, Fitness Studios, High Performance Training Centre, and changeroom lockers

How does the new Ontario Covid -19 response framework affect programming?

On November 3, 2020 the Ontario provincial government introduced a new Covid -19 response framework (COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open). We are already doing many of the requirements and thank you for your effort in compliance with these efforts. To stay up to date on how this may affect you by visiting our " What's New" page on

How we're keeping you safe

The safety of our students, members and staff is our first priority. We have completed a review and redesign of our spaces and operations to ensure we are aligned with best practices and public health including (but not limited to):

Elimination Goals (no contact greetings, physical distancing, health self-assessments)

Substitution Goals (working from home & virtual programming)

Engineering Goals (adjustments to facility layouts, barriers, capacity limits, reduced access points, new cleaning protocols, ventilation system updates, no communal spaces etc.)


For a more detailed list, view question 8 in our Phase FAQs above.


Your responsibilities 

We need your help in following all our procedures and rules in the building in order to ensure we can move through these phases and open up more spaces and activities.

We ask you to:

  • Complete the University of Guelph screening form before you come to campus. 

  • Self-assess prior to entering our facilities (if you are feeling sick, stay home)

  • Pre-register for activities online at 

  • Wear a face covering when physical distance cannot be maintained or predicted. This includes indoors and outdoors and is dependant on the program/activity.

  • Frequently wash your hands and use hand sanitizer

  • Be mindful & obey all new procedures & rules as they apply to you/the space you are in. Rules can be found under each activity's details on

  • Be patient & respectful towards our staff as we work to create new safe opportunities for our members

  • Be patient & respectful towards each other and our other members 


Teams, Sports & Clubs

All OUA and U SPORTS competition has been cancelled until further notice. 

The Department of Athletics continues to offer support to our athletes and is working directly with each intercollegiate, club and intramural team to develop a plan to return to train.

All plans are specific to the sport but are guided by the same principles outlined for all re-opening procedures.

Questions about intercollegiate teams? Contact coaches directly. Click here for our coach directory.


Fitness centre, recreation programs & memberships

The Guelph Gryphons fitness centre & gym is currently closed for members. View hours.

Other programming & memberships will be offered in a phased-in approach (listed below). Click on the links to view the start dates & regulations for each.

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virtual fitness

We will be continuing to offer virtual fitness opportunities through our new On-Demand platform as well as in-person fitness classes (see NRG Fitness Classes link below). On-Demand classes will be *FREE for all members. To find out if you are a member or for information on fitness classes & NRG programming click the links below.

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