I hope you are making the best of this challenging time. I wanted to touch base with you all to provide an update (be sure to follow our Facebook group page for more regular updates).
On May 4th, Governor Northam indicated that Virginia would reopen on May 15th with restrictions on how we would be able to operate. Then on May 8th, based off feedback and concerns from the Boards of Supervisors of the counties in Northern Virginia, Governor Northam announced a change in his previous guidance stating that fitness facilities would be able to hold outdoor activities under restrictions of 10 person classes, social distancing, and cleaning procedures. He also stated that local officials may decide whether to remain closed based on their assessment of COVID-19 operations.
We began putting together a plan for holding outside classes as an additional offering to what we are currently offering to our community. Over the weekend, we received approval from our landlord to utilize the sidewalk for outdoor fitness classes.
Today, May 12th, Governor Northam signed Executive Order No. 62 which directed that, while the state is able to reopen, the Northern Virginia Phase 1 reopening is pushed back until May 29th. We were extremely disappointed to receive this news.
What can you do about it?
If you believe the gyms in Northern Virginia should be reopened, you can sign the petition I created Monday evening to encourage local and state politicians to reopen small class gyms in Northern VA. Through our outreach efforts, we already have over 1,500 signatures in 24 hours! We are hoping efforts like this will help encourage our politicians to open our small businesses…before we see more have to close their doors due to the economic hardship of being shut down.
What does this mean?
For now, this means that we are continuing as we have been since we closed. We’ll continue to offer our at home programming, multiple types of Zoom classes throughout the week, and you can obviously continue to use the equipment you’ve borrowed until we have a need for it again!
A few reminders:
If you are having financial issues and need to cancel your membership, please email us at [email protected].
If you are borrowing any of our equipment and need to cancel or place your account on hold, please make arrangements to return these items so we can loan them to someone else (many members were not able to get equipment).
A personal note:
I am deeply thankful for all of you who have maintained your memberships through this time. I’m thankful for your patience. I’m thankful for your loyalty. I truly cannot wait to see everyone’s faces when we reopen. To say that this has been difficult on our team (as I’m sure it has been on all of you), is a gross understatement. Thank you everyone who remains a part of this wonderful community.