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Locker Access to ARC, SRC, & Aquatic Centre

UBC Athletics & Recreation will continue to close its facilities indefinitely and all programs remain suspended through May 30, 2020 as precautionary measures against COVID-19. Please note, individuals with expiring locker rentals will not be required to vacate them during this extended closure.

If you require access to remove items from your locker there will be opportunities for restricted access during the following times:

ARC & SRC Lockers
  • April 1 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • April 3 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • April 6 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • April 8 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

UBC Aquatic Centre Lockers
  • April 6 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • April 8 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

UBC Athletics & Recreation will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidance of health authorities to ensure appropriate procedures are in place to protect all involved in our community.

Members and guests will be informed of updates to our operations as soon as they become available.

For updates on the status of all recreation programming and activities please visit here.

We thank you for your patience and continued support during this challenging time and we look forward to re-opening our facilities and seeing all of you again.

UBC Athletics & Recreation

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) & UBC Recreation’s Response

UBC Athletics & Recreation will continue to close its facilities indefinitely and all programs are suspended through May 30, 2020 as precautionary measures against COVID-19.

This shutdown will continue to apply to all varsity sports, recreation and public use.

The following facilities are closed for all activities, including rentals:

  • Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
  • John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse
  • Student Recreation Centre
  • ARC & BirdCoop Fitness Centres & Studios
  • UBC Aquatic Centre
  • UBC Tennis Centre
  • UBC Baseball Rose Indoor Training Centre & Baseball Stadium
  • Thunderbird Park
  • War Memorial Gymnasium
  • Gerald McGavin Rugby Pavilion
SRC, ARC, & Aquatic Centre Locker Rentals

Arrangements are currently being made to provide access to lockers for the retrieval of items. An email will be sent to communicate dates and times available for access.

Credits & Refunds for Cancelled Programs & Memberships

UBC Athletics & Recreation is also reviewing refunds and credits to anyone registered for classes, memberships, and rentals during this period. Communication about refunds and credits will be communicated to affected individuals via email.

UBC Athletics & Recreation will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidance of health authorities to ensure appropriate procedures are in place to protect all involved in our community. Members and guests will be informed of updates to our operations as soon as they become available.

We recognize this decision may disappoint some of our community and we look forward to re-opening our facilities and seeing all of you again as soon as possible.

CLOSED/CANCELLED: All Sport Facilities, Programs, & Camps through May 30

UBC Athletics & Recreation will continue to close its facilities indefinitely and all programs are suspended through May 30, 2020 as precautionary measures against COVID-19.

This shutdown will continue to apply to all varsity sports, recreation and public use.

The following facilities are closed for all activities, including rentals:

  • Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
  • John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse
  • Student Recreation Centre
  • ARC & BirdCoop Fitness Centres & Studios
  • UBC Aquatic Centre
  • UBC Tennis Centre
  • UBC Baseball Rose Indoor Training Centre & Baseball Stadium
  • Thunderbird Park
  • War Memorial Gymnasium
  • Gerald McGavin Rugby Pavilion
SRC, ARC, & Aquatic Centre Locker Rentals

Arrangements are currently being made to provide access to lockers for the retrieval of items. An email will be sent to communicate dates and times available for access.

Credits & Refunds for Cancelled Programs & Memberships

UBC Athletics & Recreation is also reviewing refunds and credits to anyone registered for classes, memberships, and rentals during this period. Communication about refunds and credits will be communicated to affected individuals via email.

UBC Athletics & Recreation will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidance of health authorities to ensure appropriate procedures are in place to protect all involved in our community. Members and guests will be informed of updates to our operations as soon as they become available.

We recognize this decision may disappoint some of our community and we look forward to re-opening our facilities and seeing all of you again as soon as possible.

Locker access: Facility Closure (Mar 17 – April 5)

Further to the closure announcement made late Monday March 16, those users of the UBC Aquatic Centre who have long-term rental lockers are advised that they will have two occasions to access their lockers and remove their items.

  • Tuesday March 17 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Thursday March 19 | 1:00 pm – 4:00pm

To access your locker at the UBC Aquatic Centre, please call 604.822.4501 upon arrival.

We apologize for the inconvenience however thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

UBC Recreation Program Suspension/Cancellations for March 14-29 Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Dear members, students, faculty, staff, and community;

Due to the current conditions with COVID-19, UBC Recreation and UBC Camps are suspending programs beginning March 14 through March 29. While the Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the risk as low for Canada, we seek to minimize transmission in the community by limiting close contact with others at this time.  In addition, in accordance with a recommendation from Provincial Medical Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the BC Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Vancouver Coastal Health, the university is cancelling all on-campus and off-campus events with more than 250 people.

Programs suspended or cancelled are:

  • Storm the Wall & Storm the Wall Community Festival
  • All spring break camps from March 16-20 and March 23-27 (are all cancelled)
  • Aquatic lessons, certifications, & classes
  • Baseball lessons & programs
  • Fitness & classes – registered classes & membership-based classes (yoga & pilates, spin, boot camps, etc.)
  • Ice – skating & hockey lessons, Thunderbird Adult Hockey League
  • Intramural programs – league sports, Storm the Wall, Hall of Fame
  • Rowing – community rowing programs & lessons
  • Tennis – lessons & programs

Additionally, there will be some adjustments for access to fitness centres, pool, and gymnasiums. We understand that fitness and sports provide a much-needed outlet during stressful times like this which is why our recreational and fitness facilities remain open while providing a safe, healthy environment. The following facilities will be available for drop-in activities with adjustments to manage possible risks:

  • Aquatics Centre (steam room & sauna closed)
  • ARC & BirdCoop Fitness Centres (and associated fitness studios)
  • Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre for public skating & stick & puck
  • SRC drop-in sports (volleyball, basketball, badminton)

UBC Recreation will continue to monitor the situation and adjust programs and facility access based on risks. In the meantime, members and guests will be informed of updates as soon as they become available.

For updates on the status of all recreation programming and activities please visit here.

For information on how UBC continues to monitor the development of the situation, including resources, click here.

We thank everyone for their participation and support of UBC Recreation. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you on a future visit.

UBC Recreation

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – considerations within an aquatic environment

UPDATE as of 17:30 Friday March 13, 2020

UBC is actively monitoring the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is continually gathering information from local, provincial and national health partners.  At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has deemed the public health risk associated with the virus as “low for Canada”.

Due to the current conditions with COVID-19, UBC Recreation and UBC Camps are suspending programs beginning March 14 through March 29.

At this time, some UBC Recreation programs are cancelled due to an elevated risk based on the activities – UBC Recreation programs are running and Sport Facilities are open *.

Specific to the UBC Aquatic Centre, our team has been in contact with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VHC), the Lifesaving Society of BC / Yukon, the City of Vancouver among other groups to assess any special considerations that may be required for the aquatic environment such as an indoor pool.

As such the following operational and programming changes are being announced:

  • Facility capacity is limited to 250 (inclusive of staff)
  • Effective Saturday March 14 the UBC Aquatic Centre will remain open for drop-in activities only. More specifically, all events, registered / non-registered programs (swimming lessons, aqua fitness, camps, advanced aquatic courses, etc.) and group rental bookings * are cancelled and/or postponed.  ( * Note: exception being training by the Varsity Swimming Programs (men’s / women’s) and the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Vancouver).
  • Private Lessons – Spring/Summer 2020: opening of registration will be delayed for a later date yet to be determined.

Facility users are asked to please:

  • Stay home when ill to avoid spreading any illness to/with others
  • Wash hands upon arrival
  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing of nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Social distancing: Keep your distance (1 to 2 metres) from others wherever possible, specifically those who are coughing or sneezing

Preventative measures implemented at the UBC Aquatic Centre:

  • Request that all staff and guests wash hands upon arrival
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations placed throughout our facilities
  • Increased custodial cleaning and sanitization throughout our facilities, with a particular focus on high-contact areas
  • Heightened priority on maintaining adequate levels of pool water chemistry (sanitizers)
  • Additional information and training for staff:  (e.g., Ensure Lifeguards take normal disease transmission precautions (personal protective equipment) when providing first aid and/or performing lifesaving measures such as rescue breathing.)
  • Steam and Sauna spaces are closed
  • Encourage facility users to keep their distance (1 to 2 metres) from others wherever possible, specifically those who are coughing or sneezing
  • Limiting access to facilities to a maximum of 250 people, in accordance with new recommendations from the BC provincial health officer.

 

Considerations within the aquatic environment: 

  • VCH has confirmed the efficacy of chlorine as a disinfectant and standard operating procedures within the UBC Aquatic Centre are adequate and that there is no directive to change our current practices.  Additionally it is suggested that we continue with the current practice of using hydrogen peroxide based disinfectant for cleaning surfaces.  VCH suggested hand sanitizer stations should be available – we have two dispensers in the lobby for guests.
  • According to an official statement on the subject of  ‘Water Transmission and COVID-19’ by the U.S. Center for Disease Control, there is no evidence that the virus spreads to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified that a weak chlorine solution (0.5%) can be used to disinfect hands when there is no alcohol hand sanitizer or soap available. Additionally, WHO has underlined that chlorine is effective as a decontamination (at 0.5%) for environmental cleaning when preceded by cleaning with soap and water.

 

Whereas the situation is dynamic, further actions continue to be considered and evaluated on a daily basis in order to continue to ensure the safety of everyone associated with the UBC Aquatic Centre. Additional updates will be communicated on a regular basis.

We appreciate these are concerning times for all of us in the UBC community and our team wishes to reassure you the university’s first priority is the health and wellbeing of its students, faculty, staff and facility guests.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and UBC’s response

Please visit the link below to access the latest update from UBC on the University’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.ubc.ca/campus-notifications/

Spring & Summer Programs 2020

Get ready for Spring & Summer programs! Registration is now open!