Dress Code Policy
Mason Recreation requires that all of our patrons adhere to a dress code policy for personal hygiene, health, and safety. The dress code policy is included in policy signs within all of our facilities. It is important for patrons and Mason Recreation staff to have policies that are uniformly enforceable.
The dress code is as follows:
- Tops and shorts/pants.
- No clothing that can damage upholstered equipment permitted.
- Athletic, non-marking shoes with a full back and closed toe.
Mason Recreation staff have the discretion to make decisions regarding permitted attire particularly when the safety of participants is compromised or there is the potential for significant damage to equipment.
We ask that our patrons be diligent with cleaning and hygiene in order to prevent the spread of disease.
The athletic pants/shorts rationale is as follows:
- Pants or shorts with belts, studs, rivets, or exposed zippers can tear the vinyl on the equipment. Once the vinyl is torn, germs and bacteria can grow within the padding, posing a potential health risk to patrons. It is also costly to frequently replace torn pads and sleeves.
- Jeans and khakis are not permitted. Jeans often have studs or rivets as well as exposed zippers which tear the vinyl. Jeans also do not allow the body to properly ventilate while exercising. Khakis are not permitted because they often have studs, rivets, or exposed zippers as well.
The athletic, non marking shoes policy rationale is as follows:
- Shoes protect the feet from equipment that may be dropped accidentally.
- Wearing athletic shoes prevents slipping.
- The upper material on shoes can prevent injury if a heavy object is dropped on the foot.
- Backless or partially backed shoes can easily slip off and shoes that do not cover the forefoot do not protect the entire foot from injury.