March 15, 2020
Changes to dining, student center, and DAPER programming
Meal service & food
- Beginning Monday, March 16, there will be a NO-COST BRIDGE DINING PLAN for any remaining undergraduate students that includes brunch and dinner served seven days a week in Maseeh and Baker halls. The goal is to serve 50 people in each hall at a time, eventually decreasing to 25 per hall to promote social distancing.
- Meal plans end today, and subscribers will receive a refund of their prorated spring meal plan cost.
- Any meal plan holder may eat in any dining hall free of cost until the end of the day today.
- By Thursday, March 19, TechMart will be moving from Walker Memorial to Maseeh Hall’s Flowers Dining Room.
- Bon Appetit is working to determine what staffing adjustments will be made given our limited operations.
Stratton Student Center and Campus Activities Complex facilities will open on Monday, March 16, at 7 am, and will close and remain closed after 3 pm on Monday, March 16.
- The Stratton Student Center (W20), the Religious Life Center (W11), the MIT Chapel (W15), Walker Memorial (50), and Kresge Auditorium (W16) will be open from 7 am to 3 pm on Monday, March 16, with reduced services. These facilities will remain closed after 3 pm on Monday, March 16.
- Signage will be posted at the entrances and inside of these facilities announcing plans to close the building at 3 pm on Monday and encouraging people to maintain social distancing and hygiene practices.
- Further conversations are happening with W20's vendors, banks, and the US Post Office to determine next steps.
- Staff with offices in W20 will have short-term access their workspace while they solidify plans to work remotely.
- Deep cleaning of buildings' common areas, bathrooms, and elevators will continue during the shutdown.
- In light of discontinuation of religious services, the Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life is sponsoring ORSEL Take a Breath Together! daily at 2:50 pm. Community members can join the event by logging into https://at250.mit.edu
Indoor DAPER facilities will open on Monday, March 16, at 6 am, and will close and remain closed after 3 pm on Monday, March 16. Outdoor facilities will remain open.
- DAPER facilities will be open from 6 am to 3 pm on Monday, March 16. After 3 pm, all of these facilities will close.
- Signage will be posted at the entrances and inside these facilities announcing plans to close the building at 3 pm and encouraging people to maintain social distancing and hygiene practices.
- W31/W32 Dupont Gym
- W33 Rockwell Cage
- W34 Johnson Athletic Center
- W35 Z Center
- W36 Steinbrenner Stadium (Note: Morrison Track and Roberts Field to remain open)
- W53 Carr Indoor Tennis Bubble
- W57 Alumni Pool and Wang Fitness Center
- W59 Heinz Building
- 51 Wood Sailing Pavilion
- Lincoln Lab Fitness Center
- DAPER outdoor facilities will remain open and accessible:
- Outdoor Tennis Complex
- Morrison Track and Roberts Field
- Staff with offices inside the facilities will be able to access their workspace in the short-term while they solidify their plans to work remotely from campus.
- Non-student memberships will automatically be put on hold for the duration of the closure. Members who were billed on March 1 will be credited appropriately on their next payment. Members typically billed on March 15 will not be charged until operations resume. Anyone who elected to pay for their membership in full will receive an automatic extension based on the number of closure days.
- If possible, members should collect their belongings from their lockers before 3 pm on Monday, March 16. If that is not possible, lockers (student and non-student) will be extended and members will receive a credit on their next billing date.
- All group fitness classes, lessons, and programming are canceled, beginning Monday, March 16.
- Daily and monthly passes will be discontinued, and patrons with 6- and 12-month memberships will be informed that their membership and locker fees will be refunded.
- Deep cleaning of facilities’ common areas, bathrooms, and elevators will continue during the shutdown.
- MIT and the Health Fitness Corporation are working together to determine what staffing adjustments will be made given this closure. Please stay tuned for an update.
DAPER will offer "virtual fitness" free of charge
- All DAPER students and members will have FREE access to Wellbeats, an on-demand virtual fitness platform, through April 30. Click here for sign-up information. Wellbeats offers 30 channels and hundreds of virtual fitness classes with something for every age, stage, and ability. The user-friendly filters make it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. Wellbeats meets participants where they’re at with tutorials, basics, and a variety of other classes up to 50 minutes in length.