Reopening Update FAQ

Published on January 12, 2022

We understand there are a lot of questions regarding the reopening of the fitness centers and the return of the activities you love. Below are the most popular questions we get. If you don’t see an answer to your question, send us an email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Planning Your Workout

Who is approved to use Bakar Fitness Center?
Everyone. UCSF staff, students, the general public, members, and new members are all welcome.

What is your mask policy?
Current UCSF guidelines dictate that everyone, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status, must wear a face mask indoors.

What is the UCSF Health Screener that I have to complete prior to coming on to campus?
UCSF requires everyone – staff, students, and visitors – to complete a screening prior to coming on to campus. We ask that you show your health screen confirmation as you enter the fitness center.
Staff/Student Health ScreenVisitor/Public Health Screen

How do I download the UCSF Fitness and Recreation mobile app?
Learn how to download the app, log in, sign up for classes, and update your payments online on Our Mobile App page.

When will the operating hours expand?
Effective Jan. 3, 2022, the Mission Bay Fitness Center will be open seven days a week and longer hours.
The new schedule: Monday - Friday: 6am - 8pm, Saturday - Sunday: 8am - noon

We plan to return to pre-pandemic hours, however as a self-supporting operation at UCSF, we need to make sure the membership revenues can cover the added operational costs needed to add more hours to the schedule.

When will towel service resume?
Towel service will resume when we are able to reopen the Outdoor Pool.

Why is the sauna closed?
We plan to open the saunas at both Millberry and Bakar once the University lifts its mask mandate.


Memberships and Daily Pass

Are you accepting new members?
Definitely. Review our membership options and sign up, we’d love to have you join our community.

Can I remain on free hibernation if I’m not ready to return?
Yes, all members who do not reactivate their membership will automatically remain on free hibernation until further notice. There is no need to take further action at this time.

Will day passes be available?
Day passes will not be available initially. To use the fitness center, please reactivate your membership or sign up for one. To enroll, complete this form or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

What if I have an Off Peak or discounted membership?
You will maintain the same price as before but are not eligible for the reopening special offers which apply to our Premier and F45 Memberships. Off Peak hours will be adjusted temporarily to: 8:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Can I bring in a guest or can a guest walk in?
Yes. The guest fee is $15 when sponsored by a member. The walk-in guest fee is $25. All guests must sign a waiver, provide proof of vaccination, complete the UCSF daily health screener and wear a mask.



When will the Bakar outdoor pool reopen?
The Bakar outdoor pool is expected to reopen on Jan. 31, 2022.

When will the Millberry pool open?
The Millberry pool will be closed until further notice. Time has caught up to it and there are some concrete cracks, spalling, drain and gutter issues that need to be addressed in the pool structure. The university has contracted with an architect/design firm to make the repairs and we should have a timeline for reopening in the next 2 months. However, we anticipate it reopening in Fall/Winter 2022.

In the meantime, we are actively recruiting new lifeguards. If you know of anyone interested in becoming a lifeguard at UCSF, they can apply on our website.


Virtual Classes

Will virtual classes continue?
Yes, our virtual classes will continue until 9/30/21. Find the schedule here.

If I reactivate my membership and want to continue the virtual classes after 9/30/21, how can I do that?
After 9/30, our Virtual Membership will be available as an add-on for just $10/month.


Les Mills Classes

Why are Les Mills classes not recorded or offered virtually?
Due to licensing restrictions, we are unable to record or offer Les Mills classes virtually.