Updates on Sport & Rec programs and services (COVID-19) - Update October 11, 2020

Exterior of Athletic Centre

Updated October 11, 2020

On Friday, the province announced the closure of all indoor gyms and fitness centres, effective midnight October 10, 2020 and for a minimum of 28 days, in the City of Toronto, Region of Peel and City of Ottawa.

In consideration of these new provincial measures, and in an effort to support public health efforts, the University has made the decision to suspend all indoor sport and physical activity programs for the 28-day period.

How do the new temporary provincial measures impact U of T Sport & Rec programming?

The Athletic Centre, Varsity Centre and Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport will remain open for academics, research and administrative operations. The David L. MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic, at the Goldring Centre, will also remain open for scheduled clinical appointments. The athletic, physical activity and recreation spaces within these buildings are temporarily closed.

The following programs have been suspended as of October 10. We hope to be able to reopen these programs the week of November 9.

  • Indoor fitness & performance/strength training, including activities held in the Varsity Centre dome
  • Recreational swimming
  • Recreational skating in the Varsity Centre arena
  • Indoor Intramural programs
  • Indoor sport-related training programs

Which Sport & Rec programs are still available?

U of T Sport & Rec will continue to provide as many programs as possible, in keeping with our commitment to support the mental and physical wellbeing of our students, as well as the many other important members of our community – staff, faculty, librarians, alumni.

The following programs will continue until further notice:

We intend to continue and expand our outdoor and online program offerings, in keeping with the new gathering limitations. We are hoping to launch a new series of outdoor fitness programs later this month. An updated class schedule will be made available shortly.

Stay in touch!

Follow U of T Sport & Rec online, as well as on InstagramFacebook or Twitter as we share important COVID-19 related program updates, as well as tips and resources to help you stay active.

Should you have questions about cancelled Sport & Rec programs, our customer service staff are available to provide assistance via e-mail. Please contact us at sportandrec@utoronto.ca. We ask for your patience as we manage a high volume of inquiries. 

We know that the suspension of indoor Sport & Rec programming will be disappointing to many of our stakeholders. We appreciate your patience as we work to support the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty and surrounding community through this uncertain time.


In line with recommendations from public health authorities, Sport & Rec participants must complete a pre-visit screening form before attending on-campus programs, including programs that are held outdoors. The screening form must be completed on the day of your visit. The pre-screening tool will be available online. Printed copies will also available at check-in if you do not have access to the online form.

Please be ready to present your completed form (digital/mobile or print copy) when you check-in. Thank you with your assistance with this process.


We understand that some individuals have not yet had an opportunity to clear out your locker. Your locker contents will remain secure until you are able to collect them.


Members are invited to contact us to receive a pro-rated refund of membership fees. Please contact us at sportandrec@utoronto.ca.

Payments for community members on the monthly payment plan were suspended as of April 1, 2020 and will remain so until further notice.


Rentals have been cancelled through to November 9, 2020.

For questions regarding future rentals, please contact Chris Dickins for Goldring Centre and Varsity Centre and Alex Vickers for the Athletic Centre.


For ongoing updates about the status of operations at U of T, please continue to check the university’s website