King County is now in Phase 2. This phase allows health clubs and studios to operate at 30% occupancy of a club’s total capacity. There are limitations of no more than 5 students per instructor per class and no usage of club showers, towels, or lockers.
Seattle Fitness has an 8,000 sq. ft. footprint. Due to overhead costs like rent, instructor wages, electricity, A/C, cleaning before and after classes and after each equipment use, janitorial, etc. it would not be cost effective for us to open in Phase 2. We simply could not get the volume of customers needed to cover our basic costs. We recently learned that many of our corporate and business clients, who make up 80% of our membership, will not be returning to our neighborhood for many months. For these reasons, we will not reopen in Phase 2.
Phase 3 will allow regular health club operations at less than 50% capacity in both the facility and classes. This is the phase in which Seattle Fitness plans to reopen.
Phase 4 will not have any restrictions on fitness facilities.
We are paying our employees their regular wages through this time. We continue to pay rent and other expenses during the closure. Many of you have asked if we can accept your dues as a contribution/donation to us as a small business. We thank you for your generosity but the State Attorney General prohibits health clubs from collecting dues when a facility is not open.
Many of you have also inquired about renting our fitness equipment for home use. While I would love to have some income during this time, and to have you using fitness equipment, our insurance company does not allow rentals for several liability reasons.
You may have noticed that we suspended all dues payments until we reopen. Once we reopen, we will post out our plan on our website.
Three-month pre-paid members:
We are holding those full months of prepaid dues to credit you in the future, rolling your memberships forward. Please contact me if you wish those dues refunded and wish to terminate your membership. firstname.lastname@example.org
If your membership expired on 3/31/20, we did not mail out a renewal. We will wait until we know our reopening date.
Lastly, our phones are unmanned during the closure but my voicemail will direct you to our website.
If you have questions or concerns, PLEASE email me. Overall, stay safe and stay healthy, and PLEASE support your local small businesses that have been able to start the reopening process.