ARC closed indefinitely

COVID-19 causes ARC services to shut down


The ARC has been closed indefinitely as of 1 p.m. on March 16 in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In a statement, Queen’s Athletics & Recreation (A&R) outlined the extent and reasons for the closure.

“COVID-19 continues to change rapidly across the world, and we want to take steps to limit the spread and risks of the disease in our community. Due to these ongoing developments, and based on the advice of public health, Queen's University Athletics & Recreation has CLOSED ALL athletics and recreation facilities until further notice.”

Although precautions were taken to ensure the hygiene of the space, the risk was still too high given the spread of the virus. All intramurals have been cancelled as a result.

Students were given times on March 16 and 17 to collect their belongings from their lockers. There are no more dates available, although A&R has stated that they will waive any fees that would have been incurred by students who left items in an expired locker. They further stated that a “full strategy will be finalized and communicated when we re-open.” 

Alongside the ARC closure, Queen’s is advising limitations on gatherings. A statement issued on March 16 states that all gatherings should be limited to 10 people and social events should be cancelled, as well as advising meetings being moved online until further notice.

Almost all on-campus amenities have been suspended, and as of Wednesday night, all libraries have been closed as well.

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