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LA Fitness in an email to its members Wednesday outlined plans for reopening its Georgia gyms on May 1.
The national chain, like other “non-essential businesses” in early-April was forced to temporarily close by state mandate in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday announced Georgia’s businesses could start reopening as early as Friday, April 24, with gyms being among the first able to start re-servicing customers.
Also included in Friday’s reopenings are bowling alleys, spas, and hair salons, contingent on businesses adhering to strict state-issued safety guidelines.
“We’re excited to let you know that Governor Kemp has given us the green light to reopen our Georgia locations,” according to the email.
“We are busy getting our clubs and employees ready, and our goal is to reopen May 1.”
LA Fitness in keeping with C.D.C. guidelines is making a few adjustments to its operations including limiting its building occupancy to one person for every 200 square feet, spreading out equipment to create safe social distancing, and keeping its spas, saunas, and daycare area closed.
Members will also be asked to use hand sanitizer upon entering the gym, and LA Fitness announced staff will disinfect frequently used areas and they are asking members to do the following:
- Wash or sanitize your hands often
- Wipe down equipment after each use
- Bring a towel with you and your own mat
- Give each other space and follow the social distancing signs
- Most importantly, if you feel sick, have a fever, are coughing, have difficulty breathing, or if in the last two weeks you been in close contact with a person with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, please stay home
LA Fitness is also modifying its hours of operation: Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
[Editor’s note: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving as is its effect on Atlanta, and the City’s businesses and its residents. Click here for What Now Atlanta’s ongoing coverage of the crisis. For guidance and updates on the pandemic, please visit the C.D.C. website.]