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During COVID-19, our top priority is to operate with the health and safety of our members, employees, and the entire campus community in mind. Below is updated information as of Monday, February 14, 2022, about our COVID-19 operations. Most notably, masks are now optional in all JCU facilities. We will continue to monitor health and safety guidelines and recommendations from the State of Ohio, Cuyahoga County, and the University. 

What is open for use?

Available Spaces:
All JCU Recreation facilities are open for use.

Locker Rooms & Drinking Fountains:
Locker rooms and showers are open for use. Individual lockers are available for day-use for all patrons and reservable for long-term use by faculty/staff. Drinking fountains and water bottle fillers are both online and accessible.

Most fitness equipment has been returned to its original locations, but some equipment is still spaced to meet physical distancing guidelines. Sports and fitness equipment is available for checkout at the Recreation Desk, but you are still encouraged to bring your own.

Permitted Activities:
All normal activities may resume in their intended locations including basketball, racquetball, partner workouts, and spotting.

How do I access the facilities?

Who is permitted?
Current JCU students, faculty/staff, and retirees with an active Carroll Card may use facilities. Memberships are also available for alumni and faculty/staff spouses and dependents. Please visit the "Membership" section of our website for pricing and other information.

Entering the Facility:
Carroll Cards or JCU Recreation membership cards are required to gain access to all facilities.

How are we promoting a healthy environment?

Staff is conducting hourly cleaning of equipment, workstations, handrails, doors, and other high touch-point surfaces.

Gym Wipes:
Single-use disinfectant gym wipes are available and should be used by all patrons before and after equipment use.

Hand Sanitizer:
Hand sanitizer is available throughout the RecPlex and in all physically-active facilities.

How can I prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Patrons should perform a self-screen prior to visiting the RecPlex. They should stay home if they or anyone in their household are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

Face Coverings & Physical Distancing:
Face coverings and physical distancing are no longer required but highly encouraged for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

Patrons should use the provided disinfectant wipes before and after each use of equipment. Wipes should be disposed of after each single use.

Modified Hours | July 2022:

  • July 2: No open swim
  • July 3-4: CLOSED - Independence Day Weekend

Summer 2022 Hours:

All Facilities:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8am-8pm
  • Friday: 8am-6pm
  • Saturday: 9am-2pm
  • Sunday: Noon-5pm

Johnson Natatorium (Open Swim):

  • Monday & Wednesday: 5-7:30pm
  • Friday: 4:30-6pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 12-2pm

Future Modified Hours & Closures

We will have modified hours or closures on the following dates later this summer:

  • July 30-August 7
  • August 22-26

**Due to COVID-19, swim lessons are not being offered at this time. We hope to resume swim lessons in the future, so please check back at a later date for updates.**

Group swim lessons are a great way for your children to get comfortable in the water while having fun at the same time. If you are looking for your child to learn the basics, or want to develop your competitive stroke and technique, this program is right for you! Groups of 3-5 swimmers will be taught by one instructor.


  • TBD once swim lessons resume

Dates & Times:

  • TBD once swim lessons resume


  • TBD once swim lessons resume

Johnson Natatorium Policies & Procedures:

  • Before entering, all patrons must identify themselves to the Recreation Desk with a current university ID or membership card.
  • The lifeguards are in charge at all times – what they say is final.
  • The use of emergency equipment and telephones is to be used only by the guards.
  • All children under 16 shall be accompanied by an adult.
  • Shower before entering.
  • No horseplay (running, tag, chicken fights, etc.).
  • No food or drink other than water.
  • No hanging on the lane lines.
  • No diving in shallow pool.
  • Patrons suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol are not permitted to enter the pool.
  • No smoking.
  • Enter and exit by the main door.
  • One on the diving boards at a time. High dive is to be used by diving teams only.
  • Not responsible for lost articles.
  • Appropriate swimwear is required for all users of the pool. The lifeguards determine what is appropriate.
  • No person is permitted in the pool if the lifeguard feels the pool is unsafe.
  • No person is permitted in the pool if the lifeguard feels that the person is not capable or qualified to be there.