The campus gym has always been a place for students to unwind and manage the stress of being a student. Exercise is proven to help students manage their academics and personal lives. Thus adequate fitness facilities are a necessity for their mental health. COVID-19 has pushed athletic directors and recreation managers to improvise. This has meant moving indoor equipment outside into areas with good ventilation but close enough to the indoor gym so staff can transport the equipment back and forth at the end of the day or during an unexpected rainfall.
The way campus fitness centres have had to adapt throughout COVID-19, such as implementing capacity rules and 45-minute time slots, will make it difficult to service the entire population who use the gym when students return to campus.