Recreation Guidelines During Covid

During the campus quarantine period, students are permitted to leave campus for the purpose of exercise, such as running, biking, or hiking in the surrounding area as long as appropriate social distancing and/or masking is maintained. 

Indoor athletic facilities will remain closed this fall. However, many of the college’s outdoor athletic spaces will be available (see facility hours page) as long as users respect public health rules and state requirements.

Please note that, while the state generally requires masking within six feet of other people, during physical recreation the college requires masks within twelve feet (including those within your housing pod). You should always have a mask at the ready for when you can’t maintain space from others, for example when crossing paths with other hikers on a trail or meeting a fellow runner on a road. While we encourage you to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, the safest way to exercise is with others from your housing pod and/or by minimizing the size of your group to 2-4 people, especially if unmasked and/or sharing equipment. Regardless of who you’re with, if you can’t maintain 12’ of distance a mask is required

Examples of permissible outdoor activities offered at Williams:

Tennis- Please bring your own racquet and balls.

Basketball-Bring your own ball, no pick-up games allowed, one person per hoop

Golf- Hit the links at the Williams College Golf Course, Taconic Golf Club, 


Walking, running, biking and hiking- Check out these routes of varying distance and difficulty all leaving from and returning to the Williams campus.

Yoga- Feel free to grab your yoga mat and head outside for your workout- Just make sure to keep at least 12 feet apart if you are with a friend and unmasked

To help protect yourself from COVID-19 while enjoying the outdoors, please remember to:

  • Avoid games and activities that require close contact. 
  • Be careful about what you touch (and don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth) Avoid frequently touched surfaces and objects. 
  • Don’t share equipment such as bicycles, helmets, racquets, balls or frisbees. 
  • If you get to a place that is already crowded, find another place to go
  • Keep your germs to yourself (cough or sneeze into your sleeve, wear a mask, and if you are not feeling well, stay at home)
  • Bring your own filled water bottle as water fountains may not be available. Do not share water bottles
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol in these instances:
    • When you return indoors, 
    • before and after eating, 
    • after using the restroom, 
    • after coughing or sneezing, and 
    • after touching surfaces or items that may be contaminated.