COVID-19 Reopening Plans

Cal Poly Recreation Center

The following reopening plans for the Cal Poly Recreation Center have been reviewed and approved by the Cal Poly Emergency Operations Center (EOC).


Schedule & Occupancy

The Recreation Center will operate with modified hours


Occupancy is as follows: 

25% capacity while in the orange tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.



Physical Distancing Plans

The Recreation Center has a physical distancing plan in alignment with the California Department of Education, CDC, and campus specifications as follows: 

  • Requirement of face coverings per CDPH (County Department of Public Health) June 18, 2020 governor mandate. 
  • Remove handkey entrance system and replace with a touchless option. 
  • Plexiglass will be installed as a physical barrier between participants and desk staff. 
  • Assign one computer workstation at a time. No sharing of workspaces. 
  • Point of sale and other transactions processes will be modified, including:
    • Cashless/checkless transactions; credit/debit and other electronic payments only. 
    • No physical receipts will be given. Accommodations will be made for anyone who needs a physical receipt.   
    • Waivers and other registration forms will be completed electronically.
  • Traffic flow patterns will encourage physical distancing. Stanchions and floor markings will be placed to designate flow of traffic and where to wait or exercise.  
  • Directional and line management signage will be posted to facilitate physical distancing.  
  • A reservation system will be implemented to control occupancy.  
  • Specific staff will be assigned to monitor physical distancing, facility occupancy, and adherence to policies. 
  • Restroom toilets and urinals without partitions will be separated to ensure physical distancing.  
  • Paper towel dispensers have been added. 
  • Drinking fountains have been disabled.   
  • Including touchless door options, footpads, or removing doors completely where possible.  
  • Close or limit occupancy in common areas, break rooms, and check-in counters where customers or employees may congregate.  
  • Establish distinct staff shifts to minimize the amount of staff on-duty. 
  • Stagger work breaks and encourage breaks to be taken outdoors when possible. 
  • Participants or staff who are or become ill will be asked to go home or seek medical attention immediately. 
  • Minimize the number of items and equipment passed between individuals in the facility. 
  • Any shared equipment will be cleaned immediately before and after use.  
  • All individual hard to clean items and equipment have been removed from use including exercise mats. Participants will be reminded to bring a personal mat if desired for their needs. 
  • Lost and found is greatly minimized. No clothing will be accepted. 

Pool Specific 

  • Swimmers will be limited to every other lane initially with a maximum of one person per each lane. 
  • Deck lounge chairs have been removed. 
  • The Leisure Pool is closed. 
  • Removed nets on sand volleyball courts. 
  • Lifeguard stations will be separated from swimmers. 
  • Modified use of the ADA pool-lift to ensure physical distancing between staff and participants. 
  • No youth swimming or programming. 

Enhanced Cleaning and Safety Protocol

Cleaning Enhancements 

  • All spaces will be deep cleaned and sanitized nightly. 
  • Staff will conduct regular disinfecting of high contact surfaces, equipment, and common areas in the facility using disinfectant cleaning supplies according to CDC and county guidelines.    
  • Restrooms will be deep cleaned a minimum of two times per day.   
  • Time will be provided for staff to disinfect shared workstations at the beginning and end of each shift. 
  • Staff will enforce stringent cleaning protocols for shared spaces. 
  • Participants will be required to clean equipment before and after each use with provided sanitizing materials. 


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Emergency Response Protocol 

Recreational Sports developed a plan for the use of PPE to meet guidelines as provided by all regulating agencies. 

  • Staff are required to wear face coverings in public spaces and other personal protection items as mandated by the CDC and other governing health agencies.   
  • Staff will be provided all required PPE. 
  • Follow recommendations from the American Red Cross using the Lay Person Guidance to protect staff including: 
    • Adding disposable gowns to all emergency response kits. 
    • Place face mask or face covering over the mouth and nose of the victim. If only one mask is available and it is a simple covering, place it on the victim.   
    • Look for breathing, do not listen or feel.  
    • Only provide compression-only CPR on adult victims until emergency personnel arrives.    
    • Only BVMs will be used for ventilation. 
    • Use an AED consistent with the manufacturer’s guidelines and the training received. 
    • After providing care, remove and dispose of PPE per established guidelines and wash hands thoroughly.  

Staff & Family Safety

Staff and Participant Safety

Safety Protocols for Participants 

Before first entry after reopening, participants will need to acknowledge they understand the new COVID-19 expectations of physical distancing, as well as all new policies and procedures including those related to personal safety and cleaning.   

  • Cleaning policy:
    • Required to clean equipment before and after each use.    
  •  Equipment use policy:  
    • No sharing of equipment. Only one piece of equipment at a time. Must completely clean and put back prior to using a different piece.  
    • Physical distancing is required. 
    • Only individual workouts are allowed, no-buddy training.  
    • No spotting; do not lift more than you can safely lift without assistance.  
    • No supersets.   
    • No working in. 
  • Due to the university required COVID-19 testing, students must show a certified Campus Pass before entering the Cal Poly Recreation Center. Learn More.
  • The director – Recreational Sports will report any suspected cases to county and university officials to follow-up with the appropriate testing and tracing protocols. 
  • Participants are required to wear face coverings per the CDPH June 18, 2020 governor mandate. If the mandate is rescinded, participants will continue to be strongly encouraged (required depending on campus policy) to wear a cloth mask when moving around the facility or interacting with staff.  
  • Participants are expected to follow all COVID-19 developed policies and comply with direction provided by staff to maintain the safety of themselves and others.    


Safety Protocols for Staff 

Protecting staff and participants is a top priority. The director — Recreational Sports created a plan to protect staff working in the facility to the greatest extent possible. It is estimated that approximately nine full-time and 40 part-time student and intermittent staff will initially be needed to run the facility. Of this number, typically four to five part-time students will be working at any one time in a physically distanced manner. In addition to the physical distancing plan for staff and others previously outlined, safety protocols include: 

  • Face coverings are mandated by the State of California in workplace settings.  
  • Providing COVID-19 specific written policies and standard operating procedures for staff. 
  • Training staff on COVID-19 related training including prevention, how to protect yourself and others, recognition of symptoms, monitor your health, self-screening, how COVID-19 spreads, effective handwashing, and how to clean and disinfect. 
  • Providing communication tools to disseminate urgent information quickly and effectively to all staff, including full-time and student staff. 
  • Implementing measures to physically separate staff by at least 6 feet using measures such as physical partitions or visual cues (e.g., floor markings, colored tape, or signs to indicate where staff should stand). 
  • Cleaning shared workstation at the beginning and ending of each shift and breaks. 
  • Keep desks and workstations free of all clutter.  
  • Ensuring staff practice recommended physical distancing guidelines. 
  • All formally scheduled meetings will occur using Zoom and other virtual tools. 
  • Casual, informal meetings can occur with strict physical distancing with all participants at least 6-feet apart.  
  • Temperatures will be taken when staff arrive at work.
  • Any temperature above 100.4°F must be reported to the director — Recreational Sports.
  • Staff entering the building need to self-screen using the criteria and questions below.  
  • Do you have any signs or symptoms, including: 
    • Fever or chills 
    • Cough 
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
    • Fatigue 
    • Muscle or body ache 
    • Headache 
    • Sore throat 
    • New loss of taste or smell 
    • Congestion or runny nose 
    • Nausea or vomiting 
    • Diarrhea 
  • In the last 14 days have you had: 
    • Close contact* with someone with a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID –19 
    • Close contact* with someone who is under investigation for COVID-19? 
    • Close contact* with someone who has been hospitalized for a respiratory illness AND has no signs of any of the symptoms listed above? 
      • *Close contact is defined as contact of less than 6 feet with other individuals for 15 minutes or more. 
  • If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, the staff member will not be admitted into the facility.
  • Due to the university required COVID-19 testing, student staff must show a certified Campus Pass before entering the Cal Poly Recreation Center. Learn More.
  • If any staff member begins to feel ill during the day, they will report their condition immediately to their supervisor. 
  • The director – Recreational Sports will report any suspected cases to county and university officials to follow-up with the appropriate testing and tracing protocols. 


Communication with Participants 

To create a safer environment for staff and participants, a comprehensive communication and marketing plan will be enacted to inform students of the plan for safety and COVID-19 operations which includes: 

  • Informing participants of new policies and safety protocols prior to coming to the Recreation Center. 
  • Providing clear COVID-19 rules and signage in and around the facility encouraging physical distancing and personal hygiene. 
  • Communicating with participants when attendance may not be a good option (e.g. taking care of someone who is COVID-19 positive, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, being in a high-risk category, etc.).