The university remains open, with emergency management protocols activated and operational modifications and precautions in place. Read the latest updates.

Student Affairs COVID-19 Response.

UREC COVID-19 Updates

University Recreation operations follow the State of North Carolina’s Interim Guidance for Fitness Center and Gym Settings with Limited Operations and university procedures.

Because this is a very dynamic situation, our plans are based on the most up-to-date information we have at this time and may change depending on many factors that are largely out of our control. Our team is carefully considering our options and we appreciate your patience as we work together towards reopening.

Hours of Operations

* Hours of Operations for facilities, programs, activities, and services will be offered in 210-minute (3.5 hrs) time blocks with 30-minute disinfection, and sanitizing times in between.

Hours are subject to change following state and university guidance.

Dependants and guest passes will not be available until further notice.

Mt Mitchell will remain closed until further notice.

Activities Highlights



  • Pool is open for Lap Swim.
  • Lap Swim hours & guidelines.
  • The Lap Swim schedule and registration.
  • Swim lessons are not offered until further notice.
  • Dependents are welcomed to lap swim.

Fitness &








  • Practices anticipate starting once Return-to-Play forms are in.
  • Local travel is available.
  • Teams may operate in accordance with Club Sports and university event and activity guidelines.


Safety Practices

All staff (student and professional) will be screened and temperature checked at the beginning of their shift. 

App State community patrons are expected to follow UREC recommended personal practices to assist in lowering the risk of virus transmission. This includes wearing face coverings when not exercising, frequent hand washing/hand sanitizing, and following signage, traffic patterns, and distancing guidelines throughout UREC facilities. 

Cleaning, Disinfection, Sanitation

We have increased and updated our cleaning protocols to ensure thorough cleaning of activity spaces. University Recreation has increased and updated cleaning protocols to clean, disinfect, and sanitize every 90 minutes the building is open. Sanitization stations are available throughout the Student Recreation Center and Quinn Recreation Center. At entrances and at most closed-contact transaction locations, Plexiglas barriers have been installed.

At this time, water bottle refilling stations are available, water fountains will remain offline.

Activity Areas

Facilities and activity areas have been modified to support physical exertion distances. We have established maximum occupancy limits for areas and facilities for any given time.  In general, University Recreation is using no more than 30 percent occupancy levels for activity spaces.

To safely limit the number of individuals in activity spaces (climbing wall, weight room, cardio areas, and pool), you are encouraged to reserve space in advance. Once the maximum occupancy limits are reached, no additional patrons may register and/or enter the activity space during the specified time. You can reserve spaces using the UREC App State app.

Work-Out Pods

Over forty (40) vinyl sheet work-out pods are placed in different areas for the use of cardiovascular machines.


Please let us know if you have any questions! 828-262-2100 or Staff Directory