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UPDATE: Step 3 Re-open to EVERYONE: What this means for Gryphon Athletics & Recreation

As of July 27, 2021 in accordance with Ontario’s Roadmap to Re-open, the Department of Athletics is happy to safely welcome everyone back to our facilities, programs and services in a staggered re-opening.  The roadmap is the province’s three-step plan to safely lift public health measures.

Effective Tuesday July 27, 2021 –  Re-opening to EVERYONE with Pre-Booking Required

NRG Pass (Fitness Centre & NRG Classes): Restrictions and capacity limits will be in effect, following all Province of Ontario and local public health guidelines.  Registered Spring/Summer UofG Students and Athletics Members can now access the Fitness Centre by purchasing the NRG Pass, more details here.  Prior to Aug 3/21 all users must pre-book a time slot and enter through the Garney Henley entrance for Fitness Centre reservations.  In-person NRG Class Schedule begins Aug 3/21, view schedule & more details here.  

Memberships: All community/staff/faculty and youth memberships will be activated and charged as of Aug 3/21 unless you have sent an email request to continue suspending your membership.  To activate your membership prior to Aug 3/21, please visit Client Services in person or call 519-824-4120 Ext. 56253.

Non-Members must purchase an Athletics Base Membership prior to accessing Recreation or purchasing the NRG Pass.  Not a member yet? Purchase your Day Pass at Client Services or Purchase your Base Membership now.    Faculty/Staff/Retirees can purchase the Subsidized Base Membership here.  You are an Athletics Member if you are currently registered as a full or part-time undergraduate or a full-time graduate student of the University of Guelph (Athletics Base Membership paid within your academic fees) or if you have purchased an Athletics Base Membership.  

Recreation: Limited outdoor & indoor Recreation opportunities are available including Rec Swims, Racquet Sports and Gym Sports including the GGAC Walking Track. Squash courts will be available in September.  Recreation is open to reserve 7 days in advance and prior to Aug 3/21 ALL bookings must be pre-booked here

Changerooms: Prior to August 3rd, changerooms will only be open to pool users.  Since lockers are currently not available, Client Services will provide you with a bin to hold personal belongings.

Screening: If you are coming to campus, you are required to fill out the U of G Pre-Screening form and show the ‘OK to Attend Facilities’ message prior to passing the control desk at Client Services. 

Face Coverings: All users are always required to wear a face covering while in any Department of Athletics building.  Face coverings may only be removed to engage in an athletic or fitness activity. In our facilities this means that face coverings can only be removed during your activity - i.e. face coverings must remain on while moving throughout the fitness centre, station to station on the sidelines when in rec or intramurals.  Bandanas and scarves are not acceptable face coverings. . Face coverings must be stored in a clean bag or pouch so it may be clean and ready to be put back on when activity ends.

Effective Tuesday August 3, 2021 –  ALL Users will enter via Larry Pearson Entrance and Pre-Booking is NO LONGER REQUIRED (other than Rec Swims). 

Changerooms: As of Aug 3/21, Changerooms & Lockers will be open for day use only.  Locker & Towel Memberships for the fall will go on sale September 7th, visit Lockers & Towels for more details.

Pool: Due to limited time slots, pre-booking for Rec Swims will continue to be required after Aug 3/21 to ensure availability prior to arrival.  Pre-book here

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at  We look forward to having you back in our building.  Visit for all updated information.



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