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COVID-19 Updates

august 11 update

Lakehead Athletics to Begin Gradual Reopening of Fieldhouse & Hangar

Lakehead Athletics is planning to gradually reopen the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse and Hangar under recommended Public Health Guidelines. At this time, the reopening does not have a set schedule associated with it, however facility staff are working hard to ensure that the facility will provide a healthy and safe environment for the Lakehead University community to resume physical activity as soon as possible. 

New procedures and guidelines will be in place for all facility users, including the requirement of masks when walking throughout the building and contactless check-in. Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures will be in place. In addition, some services such as towel service, day-use lockers, and equipment rental will be temporarily closed. 

The facility will be running on a modified schedule and will have staggered 30 minute closures throughout the day to ensure thorough cleaning is completed. 

Updates regarding the timeline of this reopening will be posted on our website, and communications will be sent out to members once a firm reopening date has been determined.


July 17 update

The Department of Athletics would like to thank all of our students, faculty, staff, facility users, and community partners for their patience during our facility closure. We know many of you have been missing the ability to use our facilities for your health and wellbeing.

Many of may have seen the update from the Government of Ontario in regards to Stage 3 of reopening Ontario. Included in this phase is the ability for Fitness & Recreational Facilities to reopen their doors. We wanted to provide you all with an update in regards to the reopening of our facility.

Currently, all athletic facilities, including the CJ Sanders Fieldhouse, Hangar, Pool, Weight & Cardio Spaces, Bora Laskin Gym, and PACI Gym, remain closed. The Sports Medicine Clinic is still open and can be reached at 343-8188.

Facility Reopening

At this time, a firm date has not yet been determined. We are currently working through the provided guidelines and will update our website soon in regards to reopening dates and all safety procedures that will be associated with reopening. We thank you for your patience as we ensure the safety of all our visitors and staff.

Membership Impact

Memberships impacted by closure will be extended by the numbers of days the membership was impacted due to facility closure. Questions regarding memberships can be directed to

Locker Clear Outs

We are currently accepting requests for locker clear outs. We are asking that only members with an urgent need to access their locker contents complete this request form, due to limited staff access. Should you wish to request a locker clear out, please complete this google form. Once the request has been made, a staff member will bag all items in your locker and follow up with you to arrange a contactless pick-up

Expired Lockers

If your locker has expired and you do not have an urgent need for clear out, please do not complete a locker clear out request. Your contents will be kept in your locker until the facility has re-opened. At that time, we will have a grace period for you to clear out your locker.  No locks will be removed without warning to locker tenants.


mar 16 update

As Health Canada and our communities’ respective Health Units continue to advise the public to exercise social distancing in order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 between people, effective Tuesday, March 17, and until further notice, Lakehead Thunder Bay’s Athletics facilities, programs and services will be closed to all varsity, public, recreational, and club activities.

Closed facilities include the CJ Sanders Fieldhouse, The Hangar (including workout space and studio), the pool and workout gym, the Bora Laskin (Faculty of Education) gym, and the PACI gym.

Spaces remaining open include administrative and faculty offices, and the Sports Medicine Clinic.

Should members need access to their lockers, please contact to make arrangements.

This decision is in addition to previous notices to postpone or cancel large public gatherings, and restrict other activities and events on our campuses.


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