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COVID-19 Update

As the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread in Houston and around the world, UTHealth is taking additional steps to protect our students, employees, and community.  As of Saturday, March 14th, the REC is closed until further notice.

RETURN OF THE REC: Update as of Tuesday, May 12, 2020

We miss you and wanted to give you an update since the recent Governor’s Executive Order stating the optional reopening of gyms on Monday, May 18th.

We understand while some are eager for the reopening of the Rec Center, the university has not made a date determination at this time.  The safety of our students, faculty and staff and the UTHealth community is our number one priority.  While the COVID-19 situation poses difficult challenges, our staff, in conjunction with EH&S has risen to that challenge.  We’ve always been committed to the health and safety of our members and will be taking extra measures to ensure your well-being.  It will take all of us to work together to get through these times and to follow best practices now and for continued safety.

During this closure our staff has remained safe while working remotely and when needed at work.  In addition, we’ve been able to complete some construction work and preventive maintenance projects to avoid impact or interruption to our customers upon return.  Before we reopen we will give you more details on what to expect, but you can expect some changes.To help us plan so we can better serve you, please click here to take our short survey.   Once finalized, all details on requirements and modified facility operations will be emailed to members and posted on our website:

We promise as soon as we have a decision on a reopening date, you will be notified.


  • Members paying for membership on a monthly bank draft (EFT) – Have not been processed since April and will not be processed for any months we remain closed. 
  • Members with regular “current” memberships and locker rentals – No action needed at this time, for now we will treat these as “freeze” and apply an extension of time once we reopen.
  • UTH Students – your Rec Center student service fee portion is being discussed by upper management and you will receive information once decisions are finalized. As of May 8th, UTHealth has not received guidelines from UT System regarding student refunds or removal of fees.


  • Rec Sports Program team captains for softball and sand volleyball have been refunded. Refunds can take 3 – 4 weeks when the University is operating at full staff.  Please expect a delay during this time.
  • Wellness Program/Personal Training – No action needed at this time, we will handle a possible extension and or refund once we evaluate. Corey has been in touch with all clients and is assisting those who desire to continue some sense of workout instructions via text/email/phone calls as applicable.
  • Group Fitness Classes – No action needed at this time, we will handle a possible extension and or refund once we evaluate. Our Program staff has investigated several online resources, which Sarah has posted on our website.  For resources, meditation, yoga and other at-home workouts, check out our website under Group Fitness.  Disclaimer:  we are providing these ONLY as suggested resources to help our members.

“Please be aware that participation in any athletic/fitness-related activities includes the possibility of injury.  By your participation in any of these resources/programs, you certify that you knowingly assume all risk and waive any claims or damages against The University of Texas System, UTHealth, their respective employees, agents, officers, Regents or representatives for, any injury or illness that may directly or indirectly result from participation at this program.  You are encouraged to obtain a physical examination from a doctor before participating in any exercise class or other athletic/fitness-related activity.  If at any point you begin to feel faint, dizzy, any physical pain, or shortness of breath, please stop participating immediately ?and if symptoms persist, call 911 or your health care provider.”

We will continue to send a mass email to members with current/valid emails in their membership file, update our main phone line and use campus communication resources. 


On behalf of our Rec Team, we thank you for your continued patience and support.  We hope you, your family and friends are remaining safe and healthy!


Take Care,

AE/Rec Center Team
Pauline, Sarah, Corey, Kayla, Felyn, Victor and Support Team



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