Herbert Wellness Center and COVID-19

While the University begins discovering a new normal in the age of physical distancing, the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center is committed to providing our services in as safe an environment as possible while adhering to county guidelines regarding recreational facilities in addition to University-wide protocols. The Herbert Wellness Center is scheduled to re-open its doors to students only on Monday, August 3, and will reopen to non-student members on November 1, so long as it remains safe to do so. As the global pandemic continues to evolve, we will make necessary updates to the information provided below.

Our Commitment to Safety

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Miami-Dade County, and University of Miami experts in public health, below are the measures we are taking to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Gym wipes, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant are available throughout the facility.
Regular cleaning and disinfecting of restrooms, doors, handles, touch screens, etc.
Adjusted hours to allow for a thorough cleaning of the entire facility after the building closes each night.
Fitness staff will continually clean the fitness equipment and monitor the fitness room to ensure safety protocols are followed by all users.

Help Us Slow the Spread

While we navigate the new normal, we request that our valued members follow additional guidelines while utilizing our facilities. In addition to the below guidelines, all non-student members must digitally sign the updated waiver.

A separate facial covering and towel are required to enter the facility. No exceptions. Wearing a facial covering is required at all times, even when working out. We recommend that strenuous activities be conducted outside.
Everyone entering the facility must show their symptom checker scan code to the front desk staff.
Follow physical distancing guidelines as dictated by building signage and instructions from the staff.
Anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms defined by the CDC will be asked to leave immediately.
Clean equipment before and after each use (e.g. dumbbells, grips, medicine balls, heavy bags, etc.)
Registration for group exercise classes using the online portal or the app (search for UM Wellness) is required.

Make the Most of Your Experience

In addition to the guidelines outlined above, we have some recommendations that will help you make the most of your workout.

Plan around non-peak times

Know before you go: University's location density tracker

Our facility is typically busy during the morning hours and just after 5 p.m., which will only be exaggerated with capacity limitations. If you are able, try to plan your workout at times other than these.

Use your phone to check-in

Our app allows you to use your phone to access our facilities seamlessly with a touchless process.

Use your time efficiently

We will have limited space for idle time in the facility, so be sure to plan your visit in a way that you can get your workout done upon arrival and be able to leave shortly after.

Temporary Facility Closures and Restrictions

  • The natatorium is closed while the pool deck is refurbished to meet the State of Florida code.
  • Upon opening, activity will be limited to open fitness and physical activity spaces. Fitness programs, services and classes will resume in a suitable manner.
  • Per Miami-Dade County regulations, showers and locker rooms must remain closed and towel service is suspended.
  • Equipment checkout is suspended.
  • Cash is not accepted.
  • Basketball: Individual play only (unless from same household), three people per half court, must bring own basketballs
  • Racquetball/Squash: Singles play only (unless from same household), two people per court, must bring own equipment

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