With almost three months of school gone by, things are progressing slowly towards returning to normal in terms of athletics. Rhode Island College has reopened the Recreational Center once again, just with more restrictions being imposed for safety precautions.
Official hours are Sunday through Saturday from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. instead of the usual earlier times. In addition, a mask is being required at all times while inside the facility with the exception of while swimming. The capacity of places are also being lowered as an attempt to avoid large groups of people gathering in one area. Despite all the new rules, students can still expect to use things such as the weight room, pool and basketball courts.
Emails are once again advertising weekly Sports Blast events that are taking place in the Rec Center. Most recently, there was a cornhole tournament at the Recreational Center. Another event that was showcased was Wing Night. Almost half-way through the semester, events are being held like what students were accustomed to prior to COVID-19. With more and more events happening, students can reintroduce themselves to what being a RIC student has to offer. The hope is that progress continues to be made, and that eventually, more and more students will be able to use the Recreational Center.
With the work and precautionary measures being taken, students can rest assured that the college is doing everything they can to ensure the safety of everyone. As the semester progresses, the effort being placed will need to continue. Emphasizing the importance of wearing masks and stressing the significance of not being in large groups are things that students will have to be wary of in order to to keep the Rec as safe as possible for all students. Whether someone is stuck living on campus or a commuter looking for a place to exercise, the Rec Center is always an option that will continue to be available for all students.