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Sport and Recreation Facilities and COVID-19

Learn more about UM's COVID-19 updates and recovery plans:  THE PATH BACK TO UM

COVID-19 protocols for sport and recreation facilities

Social distancing is no longer required

2-metre physical distancing while in the sport and recreation facilities will no longer be required effective Monday, Nov 1. This change will allow us to increase the number of machines and equipment available to members on the fitness floor and increase the number of participants permitted in group fitness classes.

Vaccination requirement

Effective Friday, Sep 3: Following public health restrictions, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status and government-issued identification is required at entry to University of Manitoba sport and recreational facilities for:

  • All users of UM’s gyms/fitness/workout facilities, aged 12 years and older.
  • All participants in recreational/sport programs aged 18 and older (verification of age may be requested).
  • All guardians/spectators accompanying recreational/sport program participants 17 years and younger.
  • All spectators over the age of 12 who are attending Bisons home games and other events (Children 11 years and younger must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult).

As of Dec 6, we will only accept Manitoba Immunization Cards, Manitoba Digital QR codes, Pan-Canadian PVC QR codes, ArriveCAN, and National Defence Canada Covid-19 Vaccine Record/Cards as immunization proof for entry into our facilities for individuals 18+. We will not accept any immunization records from out-of-country or other provinces and territories outside Manitoba. Any printouts of immunization records that do not contain scannable QR codes will not be accepted.

For those 12-17, starting Dec 6, we will accept printouts of immunization records indicating individuals have received at least one dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or proof of a negative rapid COVID-19 test result within the previous 72 hours confirmed by a pharmacist. Climbing wall participants 12-17 will still have to present their complete record of immunization.

Obtain Manitoba immunization card Obtain Pan-Canadian PVC QR code

Mask policy

As of Thursday, Sep 23, participants using indoor UM sport and recreation facilities can remove their face masks when engaging in physical activity and while in their individual workout spaces (i.e., at equipment). Movement in and between equipment/activities will require masking at all times.

Facility capacity

All sport and recreation facilities are now open at 75 percent capacity.

  • Showers and lockers are available
  • Member towel service has resumed

UM students update:

Sport and Rec Fee

The Sport and Rec Fee was approved by the University’s Board of Governors in 2011 and supports the UM’s commitment to active living, sport and recreation.  

The Fee is mandatory and applied to all students’ tuition based on their status of part-time or full-time study, regardless of access to facilities as the fee is not a user fee. With the goal of universally promoting wellness across our campuses through access to programming, the decision was made to not allow for opting out.

Learn more about UM student gym access

Virtual health and fitness

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