When the university moved to essential services status last March in response to the pandemic, every faculty and department began to adjust to the new reality. The Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) was no different. When it closed along with all the gyms in the city, the Ryerson Athletics and Recreation team organized virtual recreation programming (Move Everywhere: Online) and began researching safety protocols for when the facility could reopen.
On Aug. 10, after the city moved to Stage 3, the MAC was ready to open. The team had put together a 130-page reopening plan and a 36-page risk assessment report. The plan was so thorough that other universities and colleges travelled to the facility and consulted with Athletics and Recreation on how to prepare their facilities for potential openings, said Chris Nadavallil, manager of facilities, operations and risk management for Athletics and Recreation.
The receptionist at the entrance of one of the student residences. Photograph by Kiana Hayeri, Image Arts ’11