The Cordova Recreational Sports Center, shuttered since March when Purdue announced the cancellation of in-person classes and events, will open its doors to masked visitors Wednesday.

During a guided tour of the facility, Director Mike Warren and Senior Assistant Director of Integrated Communications Jenny Strickland detailed significant changes.

Guests will be limited to students, staff and faculty with Purdue IDs. Masks are mandated at all times, except for when swimming in the Rec Pool, where sessions are limited to 30 minutes. Exercise is by reservation only, and students can sign up for no more than one hour a day.

The TREC, a separate athletic facility operated by the Co-Rec, is closed for likely the whole semester, Warren said. The climbing and bouldering walls are closed for the semester because staff could find no viable way to clean the walls after each use. Spas and saunas are shut down.

But group fitness classes will continue near normal capacities, Strickland said, and most of the weightlifting equipment remains available for use. Three measures will guide the reopening: De-densifying, distancing and disinfecting.

"This Wednesday is our soft opening," Strickland said, "and then mid-August is our grand re-opening, when all the students are back."

The maximum allowed capacity is 350 people, according to the website, about a third of the nearly 900 people who come in each hour when the Co-Rec is at its busiest.

"I still think we're gonna be packed," Warren said. "To be very candid, I'm more worried about what happens if we have too many people trying to use us."

The summer hours for the Co-Rec are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Hours for the fall semester will be announced around August 17, a week before classes begin.