Published on March 06, 2020
UCSF Fitness & Recreation is making plans to reopen Bakar and Millberry Union fitness centers to UCSF students and employees (faculty, staff, postdocs, residents, fellows and other trainees) starting on Monday, November 2, 2020.
San Francisco’s indoor fitness centers recently received permission from public health officials to begin a phased reopening, with restrictions and capacity limitations. We are busy making plans to welcome UCSF students and employees back and are fully committed to operating in full compliance with public orders and UCSF’s highest safety standards.
Phase One Reopening
Facility Hours: Monday-Thursday, 6:00 am - 1:15 pm and 3:45 - 8:00 pm
When you are ready to start working out, you will have two options:
• Purchase a day pass online or through the app at a special rate of $15 through November 30 (regularly $20).
If you are not ready to return, your membership will remain on free hibernation until further notice.
The following services will be available in Phase One:
• Personal Workout Pod: A personal non-shared space that is at least 12 feet from others for a safe workout. Includes a spin bike or rower, adjustable weigh barbell or dumbbells, and step bench. Bring a yoga mat to stretch.
• Free Weight Area Pod: Includes use of the entire free weight area and a spin bike.
• Cardio machines
• Virtual Group X classes (45-minute classes)
• Personal Training
During the first phase, the following services will not be available:
• Locker rooms
• Showers and saunas
• Restrooms (building restrooms will be available)
• Gymnasium and close contact sports (basketball, racquetball, squash, volleyball, futsal)
• Climbing wall
• Towel service
Fitness Center Reservations
Reservations are available on our app up to 72 hours in advance up until one hour prior to the reservation.
• Personal Workout Pods (includes a cardio machine, free weights, and a bench): 60 minutes
• Cardio Machines: 60 minutes
• Free Weight Area Pod (includes free weight area equipment and a Spin bike): 60 minutes
What to Expect
• Please wait outside the lobby until welcomed inside by a UCSF Fitness and Recreation staff member
• You will be asked to show your UCSF Health Screening Pass, then you’ll scan in using a contactless check-in system
• After scanning in, please use hand sanitizer before entering the fitness floor
• Be mindful of the room capacity signs and distancing signs to ensure your safety and the safety of our community
• Follow the arrows on the floor to maintain a one-way traffic flow through the fitness center
• An announcement will be made 10 minutes and 5 minutes prior to the reservation end time (members may leave before the end of the reservation period)
• An updated fitness center layout
What to Bring
• The UCSF Health Screening must be completed before each visit to the fitness center - please have your Health Screening Pass ready to show our team upon arrival
• Face mask
• Water bottle
• Yoga mat if needed
View our full Phase One Reopening Guide (includes safety protocols and more).
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is approved to use the fitness center when it reopens?
1. UCSF Students
2. UCSF employees (faculty, staff, postdocs, residents, fellows)
Who is not approved to use the fitness center when it reopens?
1. Spouses or partners (account add-ons of UCSF Students and Employees)
2. UCSF retirees
3. UCSF alumni
4. UC reciprocity students
7. Members under age 18
8. Other members of the general public
When will members who are not approved yet be able to return to the fitness center?
We hope that conditions in San Francisco and everywhere else will continue to improve and that we are able to open up our centers and programs to general public members once again soon. All California universities are being urged to follow this guidance by the state Department of Public Health. As soon as we have an update on this, we will let you know.
Why are you only allowing UCSF students and employees?
Although San Francisco’s indoor fitness centers recently received permission from public health officials to start a gradual reopening, and UCSF is preparing for the reopening of our centers, current COVID-19 guidelines issued by the California Department of Public Health specific to Institutions of Higher Education prohibit the general public from entering campus sites and using campus resources. More information about the California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education are available here, with the specific clause impacting us below:
Institutions of Higher Education must…“Limit, to the greatest extent permitted by law, external community members from entering the site and using campus resources, as the number of additional people onsite and/or intermixing with students, faculty, and staff increases the risk of virus transmission.”
If I’m not ready to return to the fitness center, can I continue on free hibernation?
Yes, all members will remain on free hibernation until further notice.
If I want to return to the fitness center, how do I pay?
You have two options:
2. Purchase a day pass online or through the app at a special rate of $15 (regularly $20, price increases on December 1, 2020)
What days and times will you be open?
We are still finalizing our hours and will send an update once the hours have been confirmed.
Outdoor pools are allowed to reopen in San Francisco. Is there a reopening date for the Bakar outdoor pool?
Due to additional staffing costs and the county health order that limits pools to one swimmer per lane, we are evaluating the feasibility of reopening of the pool. We know our swimmers are eager to get back in the pool. We will update everyone as soon as possible.
How can I participate in your Group X Live Virtual Classes or On Demand Recorded Classes?
To participate, please enroll in one of our Virtual Memberships. More information can be found online here.
Will virtual classes continue once the fitness center is reopen?
Yes, virtual classes will continue because we know that many members are still working from home or may not feel comfortable coming into the fitness center.
If I am a General Public member and have a Virtual Membership, can I continue taking virtual classes?
Yes, you can continue virtual classes because it does not require coming on to campus.
I see that membership fees are on hold until I am ready to return to the fitness center. What about the locker fees?
Locker fees are also on hold.