By Aspen Strauss
Grand Rapids Community College’s Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse has announced that as of Tuesday, June 29, most COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
Students, faculty and staff no longer are required to wear face coverings while at the fitness center or pool. In addition, COVID-19 screenings and scheduling appointments prior to arrival are no longer required as capacity limits have been lifted.
“We are asking all of our students, faculty, staff, and community members to scan their RaiderCard at the computer for checking-in purposes,” said Whitney Marsh, Director of the Ford Fieldhouse. “We need to verify the users that want to use the workout facilities have access to do so. So, by scanning their card at the check-in desk, we will be able to verify everyone’s status. Then, once we know that person has access to use the facility, they will be able to scan their card again at the entrance and the door will unlock. This is to help with safety and security for our facility and our users.”
To check-in at the pool, students must present a RaiderCard to the present lifeguard staff, and once granted access students may proceed to swim.
Students must also be aware that some COVID-19 policies remain in effect. Free weight rooms and the arena/track are still closed to everyone. Social distancing is still suggested while using equipment in the fitness center and swimming in the pool, when possible. Locker rooms and showers will be available, however, towels will not be provided until further notice.
Students enrolled in at least one credit hour during the current semester are able to use the facility during open hours. Employees do not have to pay for the use of the facilities. Those who were previously using the pool with the $3 daily user pass membership available to the greater Grand Rapids community, will not be able to use the pool at this time.
However, GRCC does sell community memberships available to the outside community, as six month or one-year memberships.
“In addition to the memberships we offer, pre-covid we had an option for anyone in the community who wanted to swim in the pool, they could purchase a $3.00 day pass and use the pool just for that day,” Marsh said “Typically these community members do not want to purchase a long-term membership option. So, we haven’t reinstated the $3 day pass option just yet. We potentially will do this later this summer.”
The fitness center will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Open swim hours are from 6 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, as well as 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The pool will be closed from Friday to Sunday.
If you are interested in learning more, or starting your membership application you can do so here.