Reopen guide

Richard J. CURRIE CENTER

URec recognizes the important role that physical activity plays in our health & well-being. As we prepare to reopen our doors and welcome each other back, our team is committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for members, staff and the greater UNB community. While it may not be business as usual, we look forward to joining you again on your health & wellness journey.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges to our operations. URec will make every effort to ensure that the information noted here is accurate and up-to-date. Our team appreciates your patience and understanding at this time.

Reopen timeline

URec facilities, including The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER and the SMA Pool, are now open. At this time, all programs, services and facility access will follow a phased reopening approach.

Book a workout (or swim) time

Our team is committed to finding balance between providing the safest environment possible and ensuring an enjoyable experience for everyone. At this time, we request that all members book a workout (or swim) time, either online or by phone, in advance of accessing URec. Online registration for bookings is now open.

Services and member amenities

As URec moves to reopen, all programs, services & facility access will follow a phased reopening approach. Learn more about the temporary changes we've made to our services & member amentities.

Safety and cleaning practices

While things may look and feel slightly different, our team has implemented a number of enhanced safety & cleaning measures. We all have a role to play to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience while accessing URec.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Why do I need to book a swim time in order to access the SMA Pool?

Booking a swim time will allow us to adhere to and maintain our capacity standards. This measure will also allow us to promote physical distancing and help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases in a safe and effective manner.

Can I book more than one swim time per day at the SMA Pool?

Yes. While all members must book a swim time, either online or by phone in advance of accessing the SMA Pool, consecutive swim times are permitted if capacity allows. 

Do I need to wear a mask?

Yes. A community face mask is required in order to access URec at this time. Members may remove their mask when they reach their intended workout space. Masks must be worn at all times when moving to different areas throughout the facilities. Masks will be available for members who may forget to bring their own. 

When will aquatic classes & swim lessons resume?

Access to the SMA Pool will be limited to lap swim and dive tank until further notice. As URec is following a phased reopening approach, a determination on when aquatic classes & swim lessons will resume has not been made at this time.

Can I take my family swimming?

No. At this time, the SMA Pool will be limited to lap swim & dive tank only with a max capacity of 9 swimmers during each booking period.

Are showers available at the SMA Pool?

No. Showers are unavailable until further notice. Members are encouraged shower at home prior to arriving at the pool.

Where can I store my belongings while swimming?

Members may place all belongings on a designated bench along the pool deck until further notice.

Where can I change into my swim attire?

Members are encouraged to come to the pool with their swim attire on. Until further notice, only washrooms will be available and members may place all belongings on a designated bench along the pool deck.

Can I use my rented or day use locker?

No. All rented & day use lockers are unavailable until further notice. All pre-paid locker rentals will be extended until suspensions are lifted.

Who do I contact if my question of concern is not listed here?

As URec reopens, we appreciate your patience and understanding while we navigate through this challenging situation. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, comments or concerns. For inquiries, contact URec by e-mail at urec@unb.ca.


Now that URec has reopened, when will in-person group fitness classes or fee-based programs resume?

As URec will follow a phased reopening apporach, no date has been determined yet on when in-person group fitness classes or fee-based programs will resume. Planning is underway to ensure the safety of all participants & instructors. More information regarding in-person classes & programs will be shared with all members as it becomes available.

Can I book a personal training or fitness testing session?

Personal training & fitness testing services will be provided at a later date. Contact Walker Blizzard at walker.blizzard@unb.ca or see our personal training section for more information.

I'm not comfortable returning to the gym at this time. Does URec have any tips or ideas on how I can stay active & healthy?

URec has created a number of health & wellness at home resources for all members to utilize. Find home workouts, instructional videos, virtual group fitness and a number of tips and strategies for maintaining an active & healthy lifestyle while at home.

How can I schedule an occupational testing session?

Occupational testing, such as PARE and the FFE, will be provided at a later date. Contact Caitlin Doyle at caitlin.doyle@unb.ca or see our fitness testing section for more information.

When will intramural sports resume?

At this time, no date has been set for when intramural sports will resume. Plans are underway to determine what may be possible. For example, offerings will depend on number of students available, approved sports and activities, equipment usage, etc. More information regarding intramural sports will be shared with all members as it becomes available.

Will Sport Clubs be offered?

At this time, no date has been set to offer Sport Clubs. Due to the wide variety of sport clubs at UNB, and while nothing has yet to be finalized, potential offerings may result in no activity, training and practicing only or modified activities. Stay up-to-date with UNB Sport Clubs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Who do I contact if my question of concern is not listed here?

As URec reopens, we appreciate your patience and understanding while we navigate through this challenging situation. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, comments or concerns. For inquiries, contact URec by e-mail at urec@unb.ca.


Why do I need to book a workout (or swim) time in order to access the CURRIE CENTER & SMA Pool?

Booking a workout (or swim) time will allow us to adhere to and maintain our capacity standards. This measure will also allow us to promote physical distancing and help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases in a safe and effective manner.

Can I book more than one workout (or swim) time per day at URec?

Yes. Consecutive booking times are permitted, but members working out at the CURRIE CENTER will be required to exit and re-enter the facility after each booking period regardless of when they entered. Members with consecutive booking times at the SMA Pool will be required to stay on deck during the transition.

Facilities will undergo a cleaning transition after each booking period. A 15-minute cleaning transition will be completed after each booking period at both the CURRIE CENTER & SMA Pool.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Yes. A community face mask is required in order to access URec at this time. Members may remove their mask when they reach their intended workout space. Masks must be worn at all times when moving to different areas throughout the facilities. Masks will be available for members who may forget to bring their own.

I have an upcoming workout (or swim) time, but need to cancel. What should I do?

Members may cancel their workout (or swim) time, via our member portal, up to 12 hours before the reservation time. Alternatively, members may phone us during regular business hours to cancel.

Will I be able to use my favourite piece of equipment?

While booking a workout time confirms members access to the requested facility, it does not guarantee access to a specific area or piece of equipment. Areas within each facility will have strict capacity standards that must be followed at all times.

Where can I store my belongings while working out at the CURRIE CENTER?

Members may place all belongings (no valuables please) in a designated area near the Membership Services desk (1st floor, CURRIE CENTER) until further notice.

Am I restricted to where I can workout at URec?

No. Once you confirm your workout time you are permitted to access parts of the facility open to members where available capacity permits. For members who book a lap swim time at the SMA Pool, as an example, that reservation will apply only to the pool (vice versa for the CURRIE CENTER).

What measures is URec taking to ensure the safety of staff?

URec is committed to ensuring the health & safety of all staff. All URec staff will complete mandatory return-to-work orientation and training sessions prior to reopening.

Who do I contact if my question of concern is not listed here?

As URec reopens, we appreciate your patience and understanding while we navigate through this challenging situation. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, comments or concerns. For inquiries, contact URec by e-mail at urec@unb.ca.


Now that URec has reopened, what does that mean for my membership?

All memberships will be reactivated effective Tuesday, Aug. 4. For members who have pre-paid for services such as locker rentals, towel services or personal training, those services will remain on hold until restrictions are lifted on each of the respective areas.

Memberships may be kept on hold and reactivated later for members with concerns related to COVID-19. Contact URec by e-mail at urec@unb.ca and let us know about your situation.

What is the status of my parking pass?

Members who held an active URec parking permit at the time of the closure (Mar. 16, 2020) may continue to utilize the parking lots at the CURRIE CENTER & L.B. Gym, regardless of the expiry date, for the month of August. UNB Security will not ticket expired URec parking permits during the month of August at the CURRIE CENTER or L.B. Gym parking lots.

To compensate for the lost usage resulting from the closure, URec will provide a 25% discount on all new parking permits purchased by Thursday, Oct. 1. Members must purchase a new URec parking permit by this date in order to receive the discount. For more information on current parking fees, please visit our Parking section.

I’m worried about contracting COVID-19, but still want to keep my URec membership. What should I do?

Contact URec by e-mail at urec@unb.ca and let us know about your situation. Memberships may be kept on hold and reactivated later for members with concerns related to COVID-19.

I need to renew my membership. What forms of payment will URec accept?

To help limit the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases, URec will only accept Debit/Credit payment options until further notice. Cash transactions will not be permitted at this time.

Who do I contact if my question of concern is not listed here?

As URec reopens, we appreciate your patience and understanding while we navigate through this challenging situation. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, comments or concerns. For inquiries, contact URec by e-mail at urec@unb.ca.