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The Water Tower Fitness Studio will be closed during the spring 2021 semester. The Halas Recreation Center and the Loyola Center For Fitness at HSC will be open with modified hours of service to provide safe health and fitness opportunities. Building capacities will be monitored based on public health guidelines; reservations will be recommended. Anyone using the fitness centers is expected to follow Loyola’s Required Personal Safety Practices.  

There will be additional sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the centers. Staff will circulate to clean, disinfect, and monitor use. Cardio and strength equipment will be available with spacing for social distancing. Services will be limited at the rock wall. The sauna, showers, and day lockers will be closed.  

No guest passes will be available.  

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Halas, WTC Fitness Studio, and Loyola Center for Fitness Usage Guidelines

The priority of Halas Recreation Center and WTC Fitness Studio is to provide safe health and fitness opportunities on the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. The Health Sciences Campus Fitness Center provides safe health and fitness opportunities to Loyola and Trinity employees, Loyola students, and local community members, as well as medical fitness programming to support the LUMC community.

The following guidelines have been established for the limited use of fitness centers at this time. These guidelines will be updated by teams that are tracking the benchmarks, statistics, daily reports of local, state, and national authorities and will make needed adjustments to daily operations and protocols.

Fitness Center Rules

These guidelines apply across faculty, staff, students, disciplines, departments, and buildings.  Modifications and exceptions should be rare and only approved by an identified group (such as the Management, Policy, and Command section).

Halas guidelines

  • Hours of service will be modified and will include dedicated times for cleaning throughout the day. For information on building hours, please visit LUC.edu/campusrec/
  • Adjustments will be made to services and available facilities to ensure the safety of all guests, including:
    • Minimum cardio equipment with spacing for social distancing
      - Six to 10 feet apart, with equipment rotation and shut down
    • Minimum strength equipment
      - No equipment checkout/shared items in space
      - No personal equipment can enter the building
    • Weight room/lower level
      - Limited free weights
    • Touchless entry-ID self-scan for entry
    • Online point of sale, limited in-person
    • Locker rooms will have restroom use only
      • Signage will be posted with social distancing guidelines
      • The showers and sauna will remain closed
      • No towel service or day lockers will be available
    • Building access for Halas

      • Building capacity will be monitored based on the current CDC, State of Illinois, City of Chicago and Red Cross guidelines
      • Reservations will be required
      • Face coverings must be worn at all times, including while exercising
      • No guest passes will be available


      For more information on building hours, programs, and activities, please visit LUC.edu/campusrec/.

Loyola Center For Fitness (Power Wellness Management Company) guidelines

  • Hours of service: For information on hours of operation, please visit: https://loyolafitness.org
  • Adjustments will be made to services and available facilities to ensure the safety of all guests, including:
    • Additional sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizing stations throughout the fitness center and increased staff circulation rounds to clean, disinfect, and monitor
    • Cashless point of sale
    • Cardio equipment will be socially distanced, with equipment rotation and shut down
    • Strength equipment will be socially distanced with equipment rotation and floor markings for free weights; no spotting will be allowed
    •   The track will be open with social distancing signage
    • Basketball and racquetball courts will remain closed
    • The locker room will have socially distanced lockers, with two of every three lockers restricted
      • No countertop amenities will be available (hair dryer, toiletries, etc.)
      • The whirlpools, steam rooms, and saunas will remain closed
      • The café will remain closed
    • Programming changes are as follows:
      • Personal training will be available
      • Medical Integration programming, group exercise classes, and Next Steps™ will be restricted

    Building Access for the Loyola Center for Fitness

    • Building capacity will be monitored based on the current CDC, State of Illinois, City of Chicago, and Red Cross guidelines.
    • Touchless one-way entry by ID, app, or membership card
    • Face coverings must be worn by all (if possible/depending on activity)
    • Employee and member screening will take place prior to check in/clocking in, including screening questions and a temperature check using a forehead scanner to ensure a temperature below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
    • No guest passes will be available


    For more information on building hours, programs, and activities, please visit https://loyolafitness.org.

Water Tower Fitness Studio

Water Tower Fitness Studio will be closed during the spring 2021 semester. This decision will be reevaluated for the all 2021 semester based on the current CDC, State of Illinois, City of Chicago, Loyola, and Red Cross guidelines.




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