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Recreation Centre to re-open for Reading Week.

Navaneeth Mohan

After weeks of shutdown following the COVID-19 outbreaks on campus, the Thompson Sports and Recreation Centre is finally set to reopen on Monday, November 2.

To comply with standards set by the province and the Middlesex-London Health Unit, the centre will start with a phased re-opening and reduced capacity. 

The announcement from President Alan Shepard came on Tuesday night. 

Starting Thursday, students can reserve 45-75 minute sessions five days in advance. The facility will remain open 7 days a week from 8 A.M to 8 P.M for students only. All students must present themselves as free of symptoms before accessing the facility. "We are extremely excited to have the WSRC reopened in time for fall reading week," said Christine Stapleton, Director, Sport & Recreation, in the press release. "We will also continue to provide an extensive digital programming model for all students." 

Washrooms will remain open with additional cleaning protocols while change rooms, fitness classes, showers, massage therapy, towel service, lockers, equipment rentals and squash courts are not available at this time. 

Early in September, the Recreation Centre was transformed into a make-shift COVID-10 testing centre following the outbreak among students. The testing centre operates on an appointment basis for students who present symptoms. Currently, it is unclear whether the testing centre will continue to operate. 
More details about limited and phased-in operations of other facilities & Mustangs Sports team training will be announced over the coming weeks.