COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - Orange Traffic Light 

Omicron Phase 3 :  Last updated 13/04/2022 7.30pm 

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Kia ora koutou

All of New Zealand will move to ORANGE setting from 11.59pm on Wednesday 13th April, 2022. 

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

 Red Traffic Light  Orange Traffic Light 
Vaccine Pass No longer required No longer required
Masks Required when entering/exiting, removed when exercising Required when entering/exiting, removed when exercising
Spacing  1.5m between users required  No requirement, 1m encouraged for respect of personal space
Occupancy Limits Max 100 per room, maintaining 1.5m spacing   No limits - set by comfort levels  
Tracing Not mandatory - still available to scan.  
Scanning Membership card is still required for entry 
Not mandatory - still available to scan.  
Scanning Membership card is still required for entry 
Hygiene Sanitise hands, wipe down equipment after use, and always use a towel  Sanitise hands, wipe down equipment after use, and always use a towel 
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Bookings  Essential for Group Fitness  Essential for Group Fitness 

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 

  • Please wear your mask upon entry, exit, transit and waiting in the gym (or any area designed a RecCentre exercise space)
  • You may remove it once you begin exercising 
  • Please use the sanitiser at entry/exit, and regularly throughout your workout 
  • Bring and use your towel to keep your sweat contained 
  • Wipe your equipment down after use, ready for the next user  




Full RecCentre Hours are now in effect. 

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

 Fitness Consultation Services 


  • RecCentre facilities are fully open  
  • Please aim to maintain 1m distance from others where practical to respect personal space

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

 Additional Training Etiquette 

  • Maintain 1m distance where practicable
  • Please modify your workout and avoid supersetting etc across multiple pieces of equipment, in fairness to others, particularly in peak times
  • Whilst resting between sets, you are not required to put your mask back on






Small Group Training 


  • BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL via the Rec&Sport app for all GF classes 
  • Please clean your equipment after your workout with wipes provided


Red:                          1m distance, max 100 users per room 
Orange:                    1m recommended for comfort, no limits apply
Omicron Response:  1.5m is recommended where practical 



  • 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


More of a visual learner? 

How to book (all classes)

  • Open your Rec & Sport app
  • Select the "Class Timetable" tile.
  • Use the red banner to select the day you would like to come along to a class.
  • Scroll down and check out what is on offer on that day. 
  • Once you have found the class you want to attend, press "BOOK"
  • You're in! You will be prompted to add it to your calendar so you don't' forget. 

Don't have the app?  

  • Head to our timetable page on the website and book directly there
  • You'll still the need a MyWellness account to login when prompted 

How to cancel (all classes) 

  • Open your app, and use the Class Timetable tile to find the class that you have booked.
  • Select "DELETE BOOKING" - and you will be removed from the class. 
  • This function can only be completed up to 30mins prior to class start time. 
  • It really helps others 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. 
  • If you hit THREE strikes (i.e. three missed classes), then you will be blocked from booking Group Fitness classes for 14 days. 
  • There are NO penalties for missing a livestream booking. 

Can I join a class without booking?

  • No, bookings are required for all of our Group Fitness classes.
  • If you are sitting on the waitlist, you can come along and try your luck to see if there is space. However, you will be turned away if the class is full, so make sure you have a backup workout plan! 



 Social Sport Leagues 

UTSNZ & Run Canterbury 

  • Run Canterbury pack runs will continue with modifications - register for pack runs via the app, 1.5m distance whilst running 
  • 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 reduced capacity and hygiene rules as per fitness facility guidelines 
  • Please contact Stacey Niao for more information

Sport Science Testing 

  • Sport science testing is available with additional precautions 
  • 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 are available,optional but recommended


  • 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 for tracing purposes 
  • 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