The Student News Site of Trinity University


The Student News Site of Trinity University


The Student News Site of Trinity University


University closes gym, athletic facilities for student safety


Photo by Kathleen Creedon

This article is a part of the Trinitonian’s coverage of Trinity University’s response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to read the rest of our coverage.

Starting Monday, March 16, multiple athletic facilities on Trinity’s campus will be closed. This follows the university’s decision to close residence halls due to concerns of the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.

According to the university’s site dedicated to COVID-19 information and news, the decision was made “in the interest of public health and to preserve the well-being of all members of the Trinity community.”

The now-closed facilities include Calgaard Gym, Stumberg Sports Performance Center, Webster Gym, the dance studio, the fitness center, the racquetball and squash courts and Hixon Natatorium.

Though some athletic facilities are closed, part of the university are still open. Students, faculty and staff will still have access to Coates Library and Coates Student Center, among other facilities.

According to David Tuttle, dean of students, the university is not yet at the point where it will close campus completely.

“Right now the campus does remain open. We do want students who need the services to be able to take advantage of those services. We want to be staffed adequately,” Tuttle said. “If we decide to close the campus, it will be closed across the board. We’re not at that point yet. We may get there. A lot of places may get there, but we’re kind of going one step at a time.”

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