COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Last updated 7/11/2022 2.00pm 

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Kia ora koutou

On Monday 12th September 2022 at 11.59pm, the Covid-19 Protection Framework , or traffic light system is no longer required and has been removed.  

Here's an overview of the rules, and you can read more details in the drop down menu below:

Vaccine Pass No longer required  
Masks No longer required   
Spacing  Just be mindful of personal space for general safety   
Occupancy Limits No limits  
Tracing Not mandatory - still available to scan.  
Scanning Membership card is still required for entry 
Hygiene Good gym etiquette - you should still wipe down equipment after use, and always use a towel .  We recommend continuing to sanitise hands to minimise germ spread.  
Fans On  
Bookings  Essential for Group Fitness - we can book you on arrival if there is space. Some classes still have capacity limits due to equipment, personal comfort or other health and safety requirements.   

Service Updates

Casual Visitors & New  Memberships 

  • Casual visitors and new members are welcome  
  • Quietest periods are 6am - 3pm each day (check out our off-peak membership rates


  • All members are required to scan their membership barcode on entry
  • If you forget your card, you will need to be manually signed in by our staff 
  • The NZ-Covid 19 Tracer QR code is available for scanning.  Optional but recommended. 
  • Casual visitors will be required to present photo ID, and sign our visitor form (as per usual process) 

Mask Use & Hygiene 

Practice good gym etiquette to minimise regular germ spread and to be mindful of others: 

  • Bring and use your towel to keep your sweat contained 
  • Wipe your equipment down after use, ready for the next user  
  • We recommend continuing to use sanitiser as you need it




Full RecCentre Hours are now in effect. 

Monday - Friday  6am - 9pm 
Saturday & Sunday  9am - 5pm. 

 Fitness Consultation Services 


  • RecCentre facilities are fully open  
  • Please respect personal space, and also for general health and safety when performing exercises

Cleaning & Hygiene 

  • Germshield is applied once per week 
  • Fogging with disinfectant occurs daily
  • Biodegradable bamboo wipes are available - you are expected to clean all equipment/space used IMMEDIATELY after use 
  • Bring your towel every workout and use it to keep your sweat contained
  • We hope you've enjoyed a clean germ-free gym, we'll keep doing our bit and would appreciate y'all contining the good work!







Small Group Training 


  • BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL via the Rec&Sport app for all GF classes 
  • We can book you on arrival, space permitting.  Be aware some classes continue to have limits due to space, equipment or other health & safety aspects. 
  • Please clean your equipment after your workout with wipes provided - it's just good etiquette!



  • Download the app and follow from home
  • As part of our Omicron response, we are offering livestream and ondemand services for free to all UC RecCentre members for a limited time


  • Please be aware it might take a bit longer to enter 
  • ID must be shown, sign in on VisTAB  
  • Please contact us to make a booking


How to book

  • Open your Technogym app
  • Select the "Facility" page from the menu at the bottom 
  • Select the "classes" tab at the top of the screen
  • Choose the day you're interested in and check out what is on offer
  • Once you have found the class you want to attend, press "BOOK"
  • Try using the filters to find a specific class faster

Don't have the app?  

  • Head to our timetable page on the website and book directly there. You'll need to log in using the email/password you use with the app.

How to cancel a class


1) Find the class on the timetable in the app/website as per above ^ and press the "CANCEL BOOKING" button

  • This work can only be completed up to 30mins prior to class start time. 
  • It really helps others book into the class if you cancel as soon as you know you've changed your mind! 

Are there penalties if I don't turn up without cancelling?

  • Yes, you will receive a strike against your account for not turning up.
  • If you hit TWO strikes (i.e. two missed classes), then you will be blocked from using the online booking system for 7 days.
  • If you have been blocked from booking online, you are still welcome to turn up and take your chances that there is a spot available.

Can I join a class without booking?

  • Bookings are highly recommended for all of our Group Fitness classes, especially those with limited numbers like Spin and FIT50, or popular classes like Pilates  
  • You may not get a spot if you don't book. We can add you to the class on arrival if there is space, or perhaps try signing up on your way over!
  • If you are sitting on the waitlist, you can come along and try your luck to see if there is space. 
  • Sadly, some members still no-show, which means we have an available spot wasted :(   So, come along, try your luck, but have a back up plan! 

How does the waitlist work? 

  • If someone cancels a class, you can receive a notification or email (you choose in your app settings) that a space has become available 
  • Then, it's fastest finger!   First to respond and book, gets the spot. It doesn't matter where you are on the list.  



 Social Sport Leagues 

UTSNZ & Run Canterbury 

  • Run Canterbury pack runs will continue with modifications - register for pack runs via the app
  • Please contact Gary Gin for more information 

Club Sport & Bookings

  • Please contact Stacey Niao for more information
  • Health & Safety plans (must include Covid specific response) will be required before field and court bookings are accepted

Sport Academy 

  • Sport Academy will continue in-person. 
  • Bookings essential via the app, with increased capacity and regular hygiene rules as per fitness facility guidelines 
  • Please contact Stacey Niao for more information

Sport Science Testing 

  • Sport science testing is available 
  • Please contact Tina George for more information



  • All members are required to scan in with their membership card/barcode app, as per our normal conditions of entry 
  • This meets our usual health & safety requirements, terms and conditions of membership and electronic contact tracing requirements for the goverment 
  • Government Contact Tracing QR codes will remain available for those who choose to use them


  • If you do not have a membership or staff card that can be used for entry and electronic tracking with us, you will be required to sign in manually 
  • Please bring Photo ID and complete the manual sign in form with full details (our usual conditions of entry)
  • No ID = no entry 
  • This includes any players attending for club training that usually sign in with VISTAB 



Download now!

  • It is vital that you download the UC Rec&Sport app
  • Please ensure you use the email you signed up for your membership account with
  • Your new app account can take up to 24hours to connect to your RecCentre account 
  • You can only start to make bookings (or assign yourself a workout) once this connection is completed.
  • If it hasn't happened, you'll get a message telling you 'your membership doesn't allow you to do this' , try again later.
  • If you are still getting this message 24hours later, give us a call. 

 Why get the app?

  • Bookings are essential for Group Fitness Classes  See more info here
  • LIVESTREAMED classes will ONLY be available via the app 
  • Assign yourself a workout, or try out constantly changing workouts of the day and week 
  • Easy links to our YouTube page for recorded classes
  • If your phone does not support the app, please contact or phone 369 2433 and one of our Customer Experience team will assist you to make a booking over the phone  

From 11.59pm on Friday 8th April, 2022, vaccine passes are no longer required. 



  • The University of Canterbury has removed the mandate requiring staff to have verified vaccination passes.  
  • Staff are not required to show members proof of vaccination status

If you have any concerns, please contact 

Contact Us with your Feedback

If you would like more information or have any questions or feedback, please email the Rec & Sport Manageror any staff member you come across