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Ryder Center reopens to students

The Ryder Center shown on Collins Drive. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

The Ryder Center reopened Sept. 9 to students, faculty and staff

It remains closed to community members in order to limit non-essential visitors.

Mary Walk, the assistant director of the Conference Center, said students will have to reserve a time slot to use the Ryder. Capacity of the Ryder has been reduced to 25 percent.

“They access [the reservation system] by using their SVSU login and password,” Walk said. “Students can only sign up for one time block each day. … Our goal is to give as many people an opportunity to come as possible.”

Walk said students will need to follow the same policies for the Ryder as they do for the rest of campus, including showing the “Good to Go” sign on the Campus Clear app upon arrival.

“The policies for the Ryder mirror the practice five policy for all of campus: daily health self-screening, wear a mask, physical distancing, wash hands and sanitize and be considerate of others,” Walk said.

Walk said students will notice some changes to the Ryder, such as the locker rooms being closed.

ff and reminders for users to clean before and after their equipment use,” she said. “The mask requirement remains even while working out. For the current time, we are unable to have open recreation on the courts or rent out equipment.”

David Weller, a criminal justice sophomore, said he believes SVSU has enough precautions set in place for it to be a safe environment to workout.

“(Staff) properly spaced out machines and workout areas for social distancing while encouraging sanitation,” he said. “This was also good because it’s a healthy alternative activity for the students who use the gym as a distraction/break from school.”

Walk said she hopes everyone will be understanding with the new system and protocols.

“We want to do our best to maintain a clean and safe environment for members to pursue individual fitness and remain open,” Walk said.


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