Coronavirus Updates

The team at UAB URec has been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and continually assessing local and state guidance to appropriately respond for the safety of our UAB community.

Our entire team has been working closely with UAB administration and developed a comprehensive Re-entry plan that makes everyone’s safety a top priority.

You may access the UAB University Recreation Re-entry Plan Now!

Check back often for updates and join our ‘COVID-19 Updates’ contact list to get email updates directly to your inbox!

August 13, 2020 - Virtual Member Town Hall - Recording Now Available

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us yesterday, August 13, 2020 at 12 p.m., for the UAB University Recreation Member Town Hall.

During these uncertain times, UAB URec wants to ensure that all of our members have access to all the available resources to help them navigate their URec re-entry process and have the best possible experience.

You can now watch the recording of the Member Town Hall, addressing updates on the Campus Recreation Center re-entry process including updated cleaning procedures, modified operations, and program participation protocols as we prepare to reopen on Monday, August 17, 2020.

August 10, 2020 - Re-entry Plan

The Campus Recreation Center will re-start its operations on August 17, 2020 at 6 am following the UAB University Recreation Re-entry Plan with modified: hours of operations, facility spaces, and updated policies and procedures.

Please read the full Re-entry Plan before your next visit!

August 4, 2020 - We have a date!

We are so excited to announce that the UAB Campus Recreation Center will reopen on August 17, 2020! More details to follow - stay tuned!

July 24, 2020 - We are close!

We are close! We have been busy planning for the reopening of the Campus Recreation Center. The current plan, as we work with UAB administration, is to have the building open for the fall semester. Once we have the specific date, we will communicate it out to everyone!

We closed our doors on March 15th and have been waiting to welcome all of our participants back so you can pursue your personal wellbeing goals. We know this has been a long time for you and the lack of information has been difficult for everyone. Thank you for your patience as we work through a safe reopening for this fall. To promote the health and safety of the campus community there will be changes to how you interact with us when we reopen. We will communicate what you can expect of us and what we are asking of you. We are all in this together and only united we will be successful.

We look forward to serving you in-person, but in the meantime, we hope you will continue to take advantage of our free virtual programming and engage with us in various opportunities, as your wellbeing remains our top priority.

May 28, 2020 - UAB Transition Back Task Force Update

Many of you have been asking our team when will the Campus Recreation Center reopen. At the moment there is not a specified time frame for the Campus Recreation Center to reopen.

Our facility, like others on campus, will reopen based on the recommendations set forth from the UAB Transition Back Task Force. The Task Force will build recommendations while looking at all federal, state, and local data and resources.

Once we have a specific date for reopening we will ensure all students and members know our plans.

In the meantime, we hope you will continue to take advantage of our FREE Virtual Programming and engage with us in various opportunities, as your well-being remains our top priority.

May 5, 2020 - Locker Rental Pickup Process

Dear URec Members,

Now that Governor Kay Ivey has announced revised restrictions of the statewide stay-at-home order, University Recreation is now able to allow members to come in and collect their content from their rented lockers.

Please ensure you read this email message in its entirety so that you fully understand how this process will take place and can schedule the collection of your locker content time to best fit your needs.

In order to support social distancing efforts, University Recreation has created a staggered schedule that will limit the number of people coming into the Campus Recreation Center at a time and will decrease traffic and congestion during the pickup process.

Once you have received confirmation of your time slot, University Recreation staff will bag your belongings and have them ready for the designated pick up time.

 

Locker Content Pickup Appointment Sign Up:

All URec members who wish to pick up their locker content must sign up for a Locker Pickup appointment via the Locker Pickup Online Sign Up Form.

University Recreation requires at least 24-hour notice for any requests to pick up belongings.

Same day pick up appointments are not available due to the limited operations. When you open the locker belonging request form, you will see a space for you to input two requested time slots that best work with your personal schedule. University Recreation will do our best to try and adhere to the times that work best for you, however, due to limited operations and social distancing protocols, we cannot guarantee that these times will be available. Please ensure that you have confirmation of your pick-up time before coming to the Recreation Center.

You will receive an email confirmation with an approved time to pick up your belongings. Please make sure that you bring this confirmation with you, as well as a photo ID to ensure your identity.

Things to bring for your locker belongings pickup:

In order to ensure you are able to collect your locker belongings during your designated time and date, please make sure you have the following items ready for your pickup time to be able to successfully complete the check out process:

  • ONE Card or Valid Photo ID
  • Email Confirmation of your pickup time (Can be electronic)
  • Face masks (the city of Birmingham mandates that all persons wear a mask)

Locker Belongings Pickup Process:

 In order to best protect the health and safety of everyone at the Campus Recreation Center during the locker belonging pickup process, please adhere to the following guidelines: Do not come to campus if you are exhibiting any signs of COVID-19; have tested positive for COVID-19; or have been exposed to anyone showing symptoms of the virus. You must be wearing a face mask covering your mouth and nose while coming up to the facility due to the city of Birmingham ordinance. Those who do not have them on are subject to a $500 fine/30 days in jail. UAB will not have masks available for your use. UAB staff will be handling all belongings with gloves. During your pick up time, please practice social distancing and remain at least six (6) feet away from others.

Upon arrival at the Campus Recreation Center at your confirmed time-frame, you will be prompted to stop at a designated location in front of a table by the Main Entrance of the Recreation Center. Once you arrive, a University Recreation staff member will approach the table and ask for your ONE Card/photo ID and locker information. The staff member will then retrieve your belongings and bring them out to the table for the patron to take with them.

 

If you have any questions about the Locker content pickup process, please contact the University Recreation membership team. As we are currently working remotely, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is the most efficient way to reach us. 

Thank you and stay safe!

Membership Team

University Recreation

 

April 29, 2020 - Summer Programming Update

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic with invaluable insights from our world-renown infectious disease experts and guidance from UAB leadership, a few decisions have occurred that have a major impact on our summer programming operations. As you might know, UAB and our sister campuses have closed or canceled many on-site activities in the interest of health and safety for the remainder of the spring semester.
 

Consistent with UAB's decision to hold all summer school sessions in online/alternative learning formats, all on-campus, in-person UAB University Recreation summer programs are canceled. We assure you that this decision is a hard one, as we always look forward to serving you by hosting our URec Summer Camps, Swim School, Outdoor Pursuits trips throughout the country, a variety of certification courses, Intramural Sports, and Fitness & Wellness opportunities on campus each summer.
    

As your well-being remains our top priority, we hope you have taken advantage of our FREE Virtual Programming and have engaged with us in the various virtual opportunities. As URec members, you have access to over 90 LIVE virtual group fitness classes each week, Les Mills On-Demand Videos, weekly LIVE Trivia Challenges, Virtual Outdoor Pursuits opportunities, and much more!
   
If you have any program area-specific questions, please reach out to our Membership Services team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
   

We look forward to serving you in-person again, back at UAB in the near future. Stay safe and well.

April 6, 2020 - Membership, Lockers, and Program Passes

We wanted to thank everyone for their patience as we dealt with the initial aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak. While there are still many unknowns, we wanted to respond to our participants and provide an update on how we plan on handling everyone’s account impacted by our closure. Though our physical presence on campus has been missing, we hope you have taken the opportunity to engage in the various virtual programming opportunities offered to ensure your well-being remains a top priority.

As we worked through the different scenarios, we had to take into account the variety of ways individuals pay for their memberships and other services. Below is a grid outlining the approach University Recreation plans to take regarding your membership, locker, program passes, etc.

 

   Action Taken
 

Membership: 1,3, or 12 Month Paid In Full

 

Membership will be extended the number of days the Campus Recreation Center remains closed

 

Membership: Payroll Deduction

 
 

     Deducted Biweekly

 

Once the Campus Recreation Center reopens, deductions will be postponed to equal the equivalent time the member already paid for

 

     Deducted Monthly

 

Once the Campus Recreation Center reopens, deductions will be postponed to equal the equivalent time the member already paid for

 

Membership: Monthly Credit Card Repetitive Payments

 

Once the Campus Recreation Center reopens, deductions will be postponed to equal the equivalent time the member already paid for

 

Lockers: 3 and 12 Month Paid in Full

 

Locker will be extended the number of days the Campus Recreation Center remains closed

 

F45 Pass

 
 

     All Semester Pass

 

Pass will be acknowledged the entirety of the semester the Campus Recreation Center reopens

 

     1,5, 10, 25 Pass

 

Expiration date will be extended the number of days the Campus Recreation Center remains closed

 

Personal Training Packages

 

Expiration date will be extended the number of days the Campus Recreation Center remains closed

 

Massage Therapy Packages

 

Expiration date will be extended the number of days the Campus Recreation Center remains closed

 

Private Swim Lessons

 

Expiration date will be extended the number of days the Campus Recreation Center remains closed


March 15, 2020 - Campus Recreation Center Closure Update

Dear URec Members and Guests:

A communication from the university regarding limited university business operations has just been sent out. Please visit UAB's dedicated website at https://www.uab.edu/coronavirus for more information.

Due to those updates, beginning today, March 15th at 9:00 p.m. the Campus Recreation Center will suspend all activities and cease operations completely.

We apologize for any inconvenience as a result of this closure, but the health and safety of you, our students, and our staff is our greatest concern at this time. Individuals should follow CDC recommendations and stay home and away from large public gatherings. Please be sure you are taking every precaution and follow all the guidelines available at https://www.uab.edu/coronavirus.

As this situation remains fluid we are working with administration to finalize protocols regarding the implications this closure has for our members. We will provide more updates once we learn more about the duration of the closure.

Sincerely,

Craig Decker,

Director for University Recreation