With Duke’s constantly changing COVID-19 policies, the operating hours for on-campus gyms have been in flux. Fortunately for students who have had trouble squeezing their workout into limited hours, Duke has announced that Brodie and Wilson Gyms will soon return to normal hours.
In a Dec. 1 email, Duke Recreation announced that beginning on Jan. 3, Brodie Recreation Center would be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., while Wilson Recreation Center would be open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Both gyms would be open from 9 a.m to 10 p.m. on the weekends.
In a Dec. 23 email, Duke Recreation made a follow-up announcement that both recreation centers would instead open on Jan. 10, with the same hours listed before. The email noted that “all plans [were] subject to change given University guidelines.”
A third email, sent on Jan. 5, announced that the originally announced hours would be nearly cut in half during the week from Jan. 10 to Jan. 17. This past week, Brodie has been open Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., while Wilson has been open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. On the weekends, Wilson has been open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while Brodie has been entirely closed.
Nathan McKinnis, managing director of recreation programs at Duke Recreation & Physical Education, explained that the series of changes was related to the delayed start of in-person classes.
“With many of our facilities’ staff being students, we adjusted facility hours once the university adjusted the start date of in-person classes for the spring semester,” McKinnis wrote in a Friday email to The Chronicle.
McKinnis wrote that students can expect spring gym hours to be normal starting Tuesday. The spring hours will be released on a weekly basis and published on the Facility Hours page and social media (@DukeRec) by 3 p.m. on Fridays.
All plans are still "subject to change given University guidelines,” McKinnis wrote.
Starting Tuesday, the hours will return to those listed in the Dec. 1 email for at least a week, according to the now-updated Facility Hours page. Additionally, group fitness classes will begin for the first time this semester.
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Madeleine Berger is a Trinity sophomore and a university news editor of The Chronicle's 117th volume.