FRC Coronavirus Update

April 1, 11:15am

In keeping with Gov. Mills’ “Stay Healthy at Home” mandate, the FRC will be closed through at least April 30.

 

March 20, 2:50pm

The FRC will be extending the period of closure through at least April 5, consistent with the period of time that the UMF campus remains closed to the public.

 

March 16, 3:45pm

UMF Announces Fitness and Recreation Center to Close Through March 29

The University of Maine at Farmington announced today that its Fitness and Recreation Center will close Tuesday, March 17, through Sunday, March 29, in an effort to minimize social contact in the community and help safeguard patrons and staff from the spread of COVID-19.

All FRC programs, reservations, rentals, and activities will be suspended during the closure. Below is a brief Q&A that will hopefully address many of your questions about the closure. If you have questions not answered below, please contact Ben White, Director of Fitness and Recreation, at benjamin.j.white@maine.edu.

Why have you decided to close?

State, Federal, and public health officials worldwide recommend that social contact be minimized in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. Despite our initial measures to prevent/minimize transmission of the disease, we’ve determined that these efforts will not be sufficient. Therefore, UMF leadership and the FRC staff feel that the most responsible measure is to close the facility in an effort to ensure that we don’t contribute to the spread of the virus.

How will my membership be handled?

In general, memberships will be extended for the duration of the closure. In other words, memberships will be extended for the number of days the FRC is closed. For people who hold perpetual memberships, we will not charge individuals for any future time we are closed. Credits for the March closure will be issued at the next automatic billing cycle when the FRC reopens. 

Given the variety of different membership options, we realize that these approaches might not accommodate every membership type. For patrons wishing to request changes to their membership, there will be an online form available in the coming days. For immediate questions, please email Leah Brackett, Assistant Director and Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Children’s Programs, at leah.brackett@maine.edu.

What about programs like swim lessons and Red Cross classes?

All programs are canceled during the closure. We will provide account credits in full for future sessions that have been paid for and prorated amounts for ongoing lessons. Participants will be contacted in the upcoming days with specifics regarding rescheduling and refund options. For questions regarding aquatics or Red Cross programs, please email Jennifer Pageot, Assistant Director of Aquatics and Health and Safety Educator, at jennifer.pageot@maine.edu.

 

March 15, 12:00pm

The FRC remains open. Discussion about continued operation are ongoing. New membership sales and guest pass sales are suspended. All rental groups are cancelled indefinitely.

 

March 13, 4:00pm

The FRC continues to make every effort to maintain normal operations throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. We are working with University leadership and our professional association, along with taking recommendations from the CDC and government authorities on how best to continue to serve our patrons and stay safe. Below is a list of precautions we are taking to maintain the health of our members and staff:

  • Dramatically increased the amount of cleaning performed by day-time staff
  • Provided education to all FRC staff about best practices to prevent disease transmission
  • Instructed staff to be more vigilant in asking members to wipe down equipment
  • Instructed staff to minimize physical contact with patrons and participants
  • Installed additional hand sanitizer dispensers in the fieldhouse and strength room
  • Discontinued the practice of lending towels
  • Disabled the drinking fountains. The ability to fill up water bottles will remain, so please bring a bottle.
  • Enforced social distancing on the cardio equipment through additional spacing between machines

Certain FRC programs have been suspended or limited, however. Cradles and Crayons is suspended effective immediately, while fitness programming will be limited. A new group fitness schedule is being generated and should be available during the week of 3/16.

Additional updates will be made as thing evolve. Please check the FRC website and social media for update. Contact FRC Director, Ben White at 207.778.7494 or benjamin.j.white@maine.edu with questions.

 

March 12, 10:55am

The FRC is committed to maintaining normal operations throughout this time of heightened concern over disease transmission. At the same time, we are taking all reasonable measure to combat the spread of disease; be it the cold, seasonal flu, or the COVID-19 virus. Our mentality is “be prepared, but don’t panic.”

In an effort to be as prepared as possible, we have already undertaken the following measures:

  • Dramatically increased the amount of cleaning performed by day-time staff
  • Provided education to all FRC staff about best practices to prevent disease transmission
  • Instructed staff to be more vigilant in asking members to wipe down equipment
  • Instructed staff to minimize physical contact with patrons and participants
  • Installed additional hand sanitizer dispensers in the fieldhouse and strength room

Each of these measures is designed to fight the spread of disease without disrupting the operations of the FRC. We have, however, in keeping with industry best-practices, terminated one practice entirely, and that is the distribution of towels. Neither hand nor shower towels will be handed out to members by FRC staff, so please bring with you what you will need.

Being a part of the University, we are obligated to comply with any instructions issued by either UMF or the University of Maine system. Currently, we have no reason to believe that we will be given any directive to restrict our normal operations, but that possibility exists. Should any such directive be issued, we will communicate as quickly and clearly as possible.

Should you have any questions about the FRC’s response to disease transmission, please contact FRC Director, Ben White, at 207.778.7494 or benjamin.j.white@maine.edu.