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The NMSU activity center resumes its activities under the status of “yellow” county


State of New Mexico University James B. Delamer Activity Center is available for indoor use and the Aquatic Center ooutside pool for Iap swim by state COVID gdirectives after months of closure.

According to the New Mexico Dhealth department Dashboard report, Doña Ana County is currently at the “yellow level” with a COVID test positivity rate of 4.06%. New Mexico counties in the yellow are authorized to operate gymnasiums at 33% of their capacity in indoor and outdoor spaces according to the NMDOH ReD with green frame.

The NMDOH releases an updated report on how counties are handling the spread of COVID-19 every two weeks. Since March 10, Doña Ana County has maintained a yellow status after months in the “red”.

The Associate Director of Danish Health and Wellness Campus Montoya oversees the recreation department, including all programs offered at the Aquatic Center and Activity Center.

When activities were closed in March 2020 in response to the pandemic, Montoya described his concern for students employed by the activity and aquatic centers. and the student populations who use these facilities.

“Wso we are at 100% and everything is fine good, we employ almost 200 students at a time. So you know my first concern was that there are a lot of students out of work right now“said Montoya. “Aanother concern of mine was the mental health of our student body, you know exercise is such a positive thing for your mental health that you know without it those are my two main concerns.

All of the Aquatic Center and Activity Center facilities now require one o’clock reservations to be made on the IMLeagues website or application before their session. The IMLeagues application indicates that sstudents will present their NMSU ID at the check-in counter and their temperature will be taken. Students with a body temperature above 104 degrees will be turned away.

According to Activity Center COVID-19 website, guests will be required to wear a face shield / face covering at all times in the facility and a social distancing of six feet will be enforced. Installation specific COVID-19[female[feminineprotocols can also to be found on the website of the Activity Center.

“On the first things we did to make sure the activity center was safe for the students, we made a big effort to separate the building, the hours of operation between us and the kinesiology department. WWe share the building with the Department of Kinesiology, so we I didn’t want there to be any activities while there were academics“said Montoya.

There is a 30 minutes separation between allbooking time slots that allow a full cleaning gym equipment, explained Montoya.

NMSU rookie Bethany Chacon was disappointed when use of the indoor gym for the activity center was closed earlier in the semester as Doña Ana County was under “red” status.

“Tthis is what I use to go out and relieve stress. During COVID times, the gym is a pleasant environment to relieve stress and sweat. Nice, yes but during this time, it is a good outlet and offers different landscapes, said Chacon.  

Chacon was delighted to return to the gym when the indoor activities were over. allowed, she said.

I could continue my exercise routine in areas where I want to grow taller and feel more productive, said Chacon.

March 23, NMSU Leisure held an exterior Spring Break Activity day available for all students to attend and socialize.

Montoya discussed the activities available to students that day.

“WI put what we call garden games, and those games were Disc Golf, Ka jam, Peak Beverything and grass Vgolf ball, and this event was a success, so much so that we plan to do more“said Montoya.

Students can be on the lookout for more of these events on the NMSU recreational sports social networks, said Montoya.


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