Face Covering Requirement Expanded to Recreation Facilities

Dear Kent State University Students, Faculty and Staff,  

As this semester progresses, the health and well-being of our university community continue to drive the decisions we make about safety practices on our campuses. 

As the delta variant accelerates its spread throughout Northeast Ohio, exponentially increasing the number of new cases of COVID-19, we are moving to amend our Aug. 4 directive requiring face coverings for everyone in indoor settings on all Kent State campuses. Today, we are expanding that requirement to recreation centers on all campuses as well as all indoor academic courses that include a physical activity component. 

Effectively immediately:

  • At the Warren Student Recreation and Wellness Center on the Kent Campus 
    • Face coverings are required everywhere except for those in the lap or leisure pool. 
    • Face coverings are required for those sitting in the hot tub.
    • Saunas will be closed.
    • Face coverings are required for those taking part in any activity on all courts and activity spaces, including during open recreation, club sports or intramural practices and competitions, as well as Group X exercise classes.  
  • At Tri-Rec on the Kent Campus and all Regional Campus recreation centers
    • Face coverings are required during all activities. 
  • At the Kent State Ice Arena on the Kent Campus
    • Face coverings are required except for hockey on-ice practice and play. 
    • Face coverings are required for all taking part in public skating sessions, learn-to-skate and figure skating programs. 
    • On-ice coaches and instructors also must wear a face covering.


If enforcing face coverings becomes unmanageable, open recreation hours may be restricted or facilities closed.

In addition, we are now strongly encouraging everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face covering outdoors in all large group settings, including athletic events. 

As always, Kent Campus students requesting an accommodation from wearing a face covering should contact Student Accessibility Services at sas@kent.edu or by calling 330-672-3391. Regional Campus students should submit requests to their SAS representatives on their respective campuses. Faculty or staff seeking an accommodation should email Kent State’s Office of Compliance, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at aa_eeo@kent.edu or call 330-672-2038.

We know from our local health officials that cases of COVID-19 are rapidly increasing, particularly among young people, due to the highly communicable delta variant. Kent State will continue to monitor pandemic conditions and will revise our requirements as needed to adapt to changes and to align with the recommendations from public health authorities to ensure the health and safety of our entire Kent State community. 

You can do your part by doing the Kent State Two Step: Wear a face covering and get vaccinated. It’s how Flashes Take Care of Flashes.


Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Dean, Division of Graduate Studies
Chair, Pandemic Leadership Committee

Julie Volcheck
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Director of University Health Services

POSTED: Friday, September 17, 2021 - 4:19pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 27, 2021 - 11:39am