Updated July 17th:
The College’s recreational tennis courts along Southworth Street and the track at Weston Field remain open for individuals to use at their own risk. We hope this continues to give members of the campus and local community opportunities for recreation and exercise. In addition to the usual rules governing the use of these facilities, everyone will be expected to practice social distancing and other public health protocols as outlined in the State’s Safety Standards for Parks, Open Space, and Outdoor Education Programs – Phase III, Step I.
Please use particular care to maintain a safe distance on the track.
The College’s practice and varsity fields will remain closed to large gatherings, and in compliance with Phase III, Step I State Guidelines we continue to discourage contact sports activities at those venues, since appropriate social distancing cannot be maintained. While the State has permitted reopening of some facilities to adult sports and supervised youth programming, the College out of an abundance of caution has chosen at this time not to open these facilities. Please also note that the permitted activities per State guidelines are still restricted based on the risk level categorization and “Type of Play” level. While we work towards the goal of reopening such spaces, the fields, outdoor basketball courts, paddle tennis courts, and all indoor athletic facilities will remain closed.
Since Massachusetts entered Phase III, Step I of the Reopening plan, fitness centers and health clubs are permitted to operate. However, the fitness center at Williams will remain closed until further notice. Contributing factors in this decision is the fact that Williams employees who operate the facility are not yet back on campus, the College’s goal to de-densify the campus, and the complexity involved in reopening the many facets of the Department of Physical Education and Athletics under which the fitness center falls. Having the State guidelines for Fitness Centers and Health Clubs which outlines the requirements for the operation of said facilities enables us to assess and alter the physical space and operation in order to meet the requirements and plan for a safe reopening at a later date. We continue to move cautiously and on a different timeline than the state guidance allows for the opening of these facilities.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding through this time.
For a great many of us, outdoor recreation is an important aspect of daily life, especially in the current environment. Protecting the health and wellbeing of the people around you is also an important thing to do. Please enjoy the recreational opportunities, while helping each other by using them with care and caution. Be safe out there.
- Must possess a valid Williams College student, faculty, staff, or recreational I.D. card.
- Recreational members do not have guest privileges.
- Individuals under the age of 13 are not permitted in the fitness center or weight room.
- Individuals 13-15 years of age must be accompanied by an individual 16 years of age or older.
Facility Phone Numbers:
- Athletic Department: (413) 597-2366
- Wet Line: (413) 597-2419
- Ice Line: (413) 597-2433