Safe use of sports facilities

The government has now permitted limited and controlled use of some sports facilities. We are currently closed to the public but our residents can use some of our sports facilities following guidance. This guidance is likely to change (either further relaxation or re-tightening of restrictions) and all residents intending to make use of facilities must read (or re-read) the Government guidance before doing so. Click here to read the Government guidance.

The College is now open to Students, Fellows and Staff. Please note that the College is closed to Members of Common Room and guests until further notice.

All those using such facilities must strictly comply with the Government guidance at all times: further relaxation and the avoidance of the re-tightening of restrictions will only be possible if our strict adherence leads to the continued reduction on the spread of the virus. 

Currenty the Government Guidance allows use of such facilities provided that: 

  • You are either alone or with members of your own household; or with up to five people from outside your household provided that you keep 2 meters apart at all times.
  • You are symptom free.
  • You wash or sanitise hands before, after and regularly during using the facilities.
  • You avoid sharing equipment.
  • You avoid touching communal surfaces as far as possible.
  • The Changing Rooms and all indoor facilities (apart from toilets) remain closed.
  • Notices are displayed at each facility to remind users of their responsibilities.

Specific activities

Each of the following activities has been risk assessed, and those living at Wolfson are now able to make use of the facilities provided that they comply with the principles outlined above, and the further specific measures detailed below: 

Punting

Punts can be booked between the hours of 9am and 7pm (hours have been reduced to allow cleaning). Click here to book a punt.

  • Punts can be used as normal by those in the same household, but for all others space limitations mean that only 2 from different households can use punts at the moment.
  • When 2 from different households share a punt, you must take particular care to board it in a way that maintains 2 meter and to ensure that social distancing is maintained throughout.
  • You must limit touching communal surfaces as far as possible and you must not share the pole or other equipment.
  • You must wash/sanitise hands thoroughly before, during and after using the punts.
  • You must clean the punt (with anti-bac wipes or cleaning chemical) before and after use (equipment will be provided in the boathouse for your use). Further cleaning of the punts will be undertaken at the start and finish of each day.
Tennis

The tennis courts should be booked via the usual online system. Click here to book the tennis courts.

  • Play with those from the same household or with no more than 5 other people from a different household and remaining a minimum of 2 metres apart at all times.
  • Play doubles tennis with people from outside of your household as long as you remain 2 metres apart.
  • Racquets and balls should not be shared where possible, and, if absolutely necessary, hands should be sanitised between use (cleaning chemicals are provided in the boathouse). Tennis players should sanitise their hands before and after, and at regular intervals during use or after touching any communal surfaces.
  • If facilities are in use, you will need to return at a later time to maintain safety.
Croquet
  • Play with members of the same household or with no more than 5 other people from a different household and remain a minimum of 2 metres apart at all times.
  • All croquet equipment must be cleaned by players (with anti-bac wipes or cleaning chemical provided in the boathouse) before and after use.
  • Players must wash or sanitise their hands before, after, and at regular intervals during use or after touching any communal surfaces.
Sports field
  • Take part in activity alone, with members of your own household or with up to no more than 5 other people from outside your household (remaining a minimum of 2 metres apart).
  • Sports field users must sanitise their hands before, after and at regular intervals during use or after touching any communal surfaces.
  • Any equipment used during activities, i.e. frisbee, rugby ball, etc., must be thoroughly cleaned before and after use. 
Basketball

Basketball courts use should be booked via the usual online system. Click here to book the basketball courts.

  • If facilities are in use, you will need to return at a later time to maintain safety.
  • Play with members of the same household or with no more than 5 other people from outside your household (remaining a minimum of 2 metres apart at all times). Sanitise hands before and after playing, as well as during any breaks in activity. Basketballs must be thoroughly cleaned before and after use.
The Gym

The College gym will be open to residents again from Tuesday 28 July 07am. Users of the gym must abide by the following procedures and rules put in place as per of our COVID-19 control measures: 

Gym booking
We have now introduced a booking system and you may:

  • Book 1 hour slots via the Lodge (email, phone, visit) with the first available at 07:00 and the last at 22:00.
  • Book a maximum of 2 slots per day and not back 2 back. 
  • Collect an access fob from Lodge ready for the start of your session (and this must be returned immediately after).

Gym opening times
The gym will be open between 07:00 and 23:00 and will close between 08:00 and 09:00 each morning to allow for sanitising of the area by the Home Bursary Team.

Hand sanitising
All users are asked to ensure that hands are washed and/or sanitised before, after and regularly durnig their visit to the gym.

Social distancing
All users are asked to ensure that a 2m distance is maintained at all times whilst using the Gym facilities.

Workout boxes
All users are asked to ensure that a 2m distance is maintained at all times whilst using the Gym facilities. 

Face covering
Currently face coverings are optional. Users are welcome to wear them but are not being asked to as the exertion caused during exercise may hinder some individual's breathing.

Ventilation
All users are asked to ensure that windows and the main door are open whilst they are in the Gym.

Cleaning
Users are asked to clean down the surfaces of benches, cardio equipment, weights, and dumbbels after they have used them. 

Personal sweat towels
These are not permitted within the Gym and users are asked to use the paper hand towels provided.

Gym Usage Limit
There is a limit of 2 users in the Gym at a time to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

The Squash Courts

The Squash Courts will be open to residents again from Tuesday 28 July 07:00. Users of the courts must abide by the following procedures and rules put in place as per of our COVID-19 control measures: 

Session booking
Courts can be booked via the usual method on hub.wolf.ox.ac.uk.

Court opening times
The Squash courts opening times are 07:00 to 23:00. 

Hand sanitising
All users are asked to ensure that hands are washed and/or sanitised before, after and regularly during their visit to the Squash Courts.

Social distancing
All users are asked to ensure that a 2m distance is maintained at all times whilst using the locker and changing facilities in the Squash Courts.

Face covering
Currently face coverings are optional. Users are welcome to wear them but are not being asked to as the exertion caused during exercise may hinder some individual's breathing.

Ventilation
All users are asked to ensure that windows are open whilst they are in the changing areas.

Cleaning
Users are asked to clean down the surfaces of lockers, benches and any communal equipment after they have used them.

Personal sweat towels
These are not permitted within the court area during play and users are asked to use, and then dispose of, the paper hand towels provided.

Keys

Keys should be collected as normal from the lodge, these are sanitised after each use and placed in an envelope for collection. Please return them in the envelope provided.

Downloads
Squash court risk assessmentDownload
Gym risk assessmentDownload
Sports field risk assessmentDownload
Croquet lawn risk assessmentDownload
Punts use risk assessmentDownload
Multipurpose courts risk assessmentDownload
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