LA Fitness is no longer reopening its Georgia gyms on Friday, May 1, 2020.
The national fitness chain late-Thursday emailed the decision to members after receiving “many emails and phone calls from members and want you to know we are listening and taking what you say into consideration.”
“Our guidance on how we proceed throughout this pandemic is to do what is best for our members and our employees,” according to the email.
“So, although we had originally set a target date of May 1 for our first market reopening, specifically Georgia, we decided to hold off for now while we seek a greater consensus between the federal, state and local authorities on the proper path forward.”
Gyms are allowed to reopen starting Friday, April 24, as ordered by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Monday.
Other “non-essential businesses” asked to close in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 including salons and barbershops, can also reopen Friday.
“As soon as we see a clearer indication that the time is right, we will notify you of our plans to reopen,” LA Fitness’ email to members continues.
LA Fitness is keeping its members’ accounts on a “complimentary freeze” while its clubs remain closed.
“In the meantime, we will complete our club reconfiguration, which includes spacing equipment to respect social distancing and accommodate reduced capacity of around 30% initially (see some of our work so far in the pictures below). We also continue to implement new cleaning protocols, additional disinfectant and sanitization supplies and employee training to provide you with a setting in which you can safely return to your workout routine.”
[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.]