Worries about gastrointestinal illness, like stomach flu, have led to a temporary closure of the fitness centre at the University of Regina, and a halt to programs at the Dr. Paul Schwann Centre.

In a note to gym users and Schwann Centre clients, the university said the move — which will last until at least Wednesday — was made to reduce the risk of spreading the illness.

"No access will be permitted," the university said regarding the Fitness and Lifestyle Centre in the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport building.

"This closure will affect all DPSC [the Schwann Centre] programming and those UR Fit programs that utilize the Fitness and Lifestyle Centre," the university said.

The U of R has been dealing with an increase in gastrointestinal illness for several days.

To cope, the university's housekeeping, custodial and food services staff have been taking extra care with cleaning routines.

"Although all on campus food providers remain open during their regular hours, some food items that present a higher risk in the spread of gastrointestinal illnesses will not be available at this time," the university noted.

While the ailment can be very uncomfortable, most people recover from stomach flu on their own without any special treatment.

However, people who experience symptoms that are severe should seek medical attention or contact the Saskatchewan Health Line by calling 811.