CHICAGO (CBS)– Great Wolf Lodge Water Park in Gurnee is closed, but this week it has a new purpose.

The resort is housing hundreds of U.S. Navy recruits.

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Lt. Cmdr. Frederick Martin told CBS 2, the new recruits will stay at the lodge for a two-week quarantine before heading to the Naval Station Great Lakes to continue basic training.

Up to 500 recruits are expected to move in this week, with small numbers sharing rooms.

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They will have authorized access to cell phones and will be doing coursework and a basic fitness program. The group will not have access to the facilities at the resort including the waterpark, restaurants or attractions.

Strict social distancing will be enforced.

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A spokesman for Great Wolf said there will be little interaction between the staff and recruits. Each had to undergo medical screening before entering the resort.