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COVID-19 changes

Weight Room Capacity Live Updates

We are no longer experiencing lines for our weight rooms.  Please just come on down.


What we are doing to keep Unipol safe and clean at Level 2

What we are doing to keep Unipol safe and clean


• Our staff will be wearing masks and keeping their 2m distance.
• Our staff are staying away if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
• We have spaced out cardio and weights equipment to allow for a space of 2 metres between people and placed a maximum limit on the number of people allowed in each space.
• We have increased our daily cleaning and disinfecting of all surfaces.
• We have hand sanitiser placed all around the facility.
• All equipment borrowed from reception will be cleaned before being issued again.
• We have individual cloths or paper towels to sanitise equipment before and after use.
• Group Fitness Instructors will keep a 2m distance between themselves and others, wearing a mask before and after the class.

What you can do to keep everyone safe

To ensure the ongoing health and safety of everyone using Unipol we require your support with the following:
1. If you are feeling unwell, stay home and call Healthline free 0800-611-116 or your doctor for advice. Even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, you should still stay home if you are feeling unwell.
2. Scan the QR code upon entry.
3. As per public health guidelines we advise you to wear a face covering whenever possible, but it is not a requirement when exercising and playing sports.
4. Sanitize your hands upon arrival and when you leave.
5. Always maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres between yourself and others.
6. Spray and wipe down all equipment before and after you use it.
7. Be patient. Due to capacity restrictions in each of our spaces, at busy times you may be asked to wait.

Facility


Please enter the facility through the front doors. At busy times there will be lines, so please be patient with us. A staff member will show you where to line up and then you will be guided into the facility by staff.

To avoid lines consider coming in between 9am-3pm Mon-Fri or in the weekend before 4pm.

Weight lifting


Please be courteous when returning equipment and keep 2m distance from each other. Always clean your equipment after use.

Casual usage


Unipol is still accepting casuals, however in the busy times when there are lines, students and members will have priority access.

Drinking Fountains


Bring a full water bottle or fill up your bottle with our water fountains. Mouth pieces will be out of action for hygiene reasons

Changing Rooms


No locker keys will be given out, please use digital lockers or cubbies

Snow Shed


Snow shed is open 4-7pm Tues - Fri. All gear will need to be taken at the time of payment. You will only be charged for the days that you are using the gear. Please remember your mask, and student ID card and phone to scan in.

Group Fitness

All Group Fitness classes have be reduced to 45 minutes to allow for adequate cleaning after class and to help manage the flow of people in and out of the Green Gym.

Timetable


Has been modified. Please click here for the most up-to-date timetable.

Before Class

All students/members wanting to attend a group fitness class will be held outside of Unipol. Monitoring of class capacity numbers will occur here and will run on a first come/first served basis if demand exceeds the limit. We will put on additional classes to try and accommodate member's needs, but this may not always be possible.

Spin classes

  • Please line up outside where you will receive a spin tag. We have added more Spin classes to the timetable due to maximum number in our classes is now 20.
  • Participants will be allowed into the facility in order to make their way into the Green Gym/Spin in groups of ten and only after participants from the previous class have fully exited the green gym/cardio room.
  • Please keep your ID card out to show the staff member in the green gym.
  • Please put your belongings in a cubby, maintaining a 2m distance between yourself and others.
  • You will be asked to clean your equipment after usage, please do so while continuing to maintain a 2m distance.

Social Sport


Social sport plans to start up from Monday 13th September. Teams will receive an email to their team captains before Monday 13th September.


Refunds/compensation


An email will be sent to our members, Group Fitness members, Social Sport and Outdoor Rental customers regarding compensation for the time we have been closed. If you have not received that email before Monday 13th September, please email liz.campbell@otago.ac.nz


Covid-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light System)

What is the COVID-19 Protection Framework and My Vaccine Pass?

The Government has announced that as of this Friday 3rd Dec the COVID-19 Protection Framework will come into effect. This is the 3-level Traffic Light system approach to managing COVID-19 in the community, you can find out more about this system here.  The Government has also introduced a My Vaccine Pass which is now available to download my logging into here. My Vaccine Pass is an official record of your COVID-19 vaccination status for use within Aotearoa New Zealand. It will allow you to access certain events, gyms and venues operating under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system).

Will Unipol require me to have a My Vaccine Pass?

Yes we will require students, members, casual users, contractors and anyone else accessing the facility over the age of 12 to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We will be checking and scanning My Vaccine Passes before anyone can enter our recreation spaces. This is so we can operate at all levels of the COVID-19 Protection Framework.  

What if I have an exemption to being vaccinated?

My Vaccine Pass is required for those with an exemption.  Please download this pass to enter.

How will Unipol check that I have a My Vaccine Pass?

Students: All students need to bring their student ID card and their My Vaccine Pass with them at all times. The pass can be a print out or on your phone.

Staff, Whanau and Youth Members: All members need to bring their membership card and their My Vaccine Pass with them at all times. The pass can be a print out or on your phone.

Casual users: Casual users need to bring photo ID and their My Vaccine Pass with them. The pass can be a print out or on your phone.

Everyone should have their My Vaccine Pass and photo ID ready to show staff when they enter to help speed up the process.

What does this mean for my membership agreement?

We will be updating our General Terms and conditions of our memberships to include a requirement for members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to entry to Unipol.

What if I am under 12 years old?

Currently under 12s do not need to show a My Vaccine Pass. Proof of age maybe requested by our staff.

I'm struggling to download the Vaccine Pass, what should I do?

Please call 0800 222 478 to seek help.

Do I still have to wear a mask?

It is recommended that masks are still worn when not exercising.

Can I 'spot' my friend?

Yes.  Under the Traffic Light System spotting is allowed.  Masks are recommended for the spotter.

What if I don’t want to be vaccinated?

If you choose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and would like to be considered for a refund of your Staff/Youth/Whanau membership, please fill in this google form.

Does Unipol require its workers to be vaccinated?

The University has mandated vaccinations for all Recreation Services workers. This includes referees and group fitness instructors.

Will we have to line up?

We anticipate that in order to scan everyone's My Vaccine Pass it will slow down the movement through reception.  Please bear with us as we become more efficient.

Will we be required to physical distance?

There are no physical distancing requirements at the Green and Orange traffic light settings for Gyms.

At the Red traffic light level, we will be following a distance rule of at least 1m between people in all our spaces. We will also restricting capacity limits to 100 in each room.

What about Changing Rooms?

Yes changing rooms are open and available. Please maintain physical distancing where you can. Lockers are available from reception.


Traffic Light Colour

Operations

Red

Unipol is open.

My Vaccine Passes with valid photo ID required to enter

Each room as a capacity limit of 100 people (or lower depending on square meters of each room).  Weight Room live updates start

Physical distancing of 1m is required.  

Group Fitness: restricted class numbers with a modified timetable. 

Social Sport/Drop-in sport: Up to 100 people in each our spaces. Games can be played as normal. Facemasks recommended when not playing.

Orange

Unipol is open.

My Vaccine Passes with valid photo ID required to enter.

No room capacity limits

No physical distancing

Social Sport/Drop-in sport: Games can be played as normal. Facemasks recommended when not playing.

Green

Unipol is open.

My Vaccine Passes with valid photo ID required to enter.

No room capacity limits

No physical distancing

Social Sport/Drop-in sport: Games can be played as normal. Facemasks recommended when not playing.


GROUP FITNESS

Are there limits on group fitness numbers?

Green and Orange: Semester Timetable applies with no restrictions. Red: We will be restricting class numbers based on the amount of space we require and will be enforcing at least 1m physical distancing. Staff will be policing these numbers and it will be first in first served.

Will the group fitness timetable be the same?

Green and Orange: Our timetable will remain the same. Red: Semester timetable remains, however with some classes removed due to physical distancing. Please refer to our website for the latest timetable.

Will I need to book for a class? 

All our classes are first-come first-served. Spin tags can be picked up from reception 30minutes before the class starts.

Will I be able to get into the classes I want? 

With the Government restrictions in place you may not be able to get into every class you want to. This is the perfect time to try something new.

SOCIAL SPORT

Do I need my vaccination pass for Social Sport?

All participants will be required to present their Vaccination Pass and a valid form of ID. This applies to all facilities where Social Sport takes place and under all traffic light settings.

Are numbers restricted for Social Sport?

Under all traffic light settings social sport will be able to run with current normal numbers.

Do I need my mask?

Facemasks are encouraged under all traffic light settings when not playing.