LA Fitness to reopen Georgia gyms with new coronavirus safety measures

Gym operator LA Fitness said it will reopen clubs in Georgia starting Friday, May 22, 2020, after closing facilities amid the coronavirus epidemic. J. Scott Trubey/strubey@ajc.com
Gym operator LA Fitness said it will reopen clubs in Georgia starting Friday, May 22, 2020, after closing facilities amid the coronavirus epidemic. J. Scott Trubey/strubey@ajc.com

LA Fitness, which operates about 40 gyms in the Atlanta area, said it will begin reopening its centers in Georgia this week after instituting new hygiene protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In a Saturday email to members, the company said it will reopen Georgia locations on Friday with a preview period for clients to see new health and safety changes. The email said clients would not be billed during the preview period, which lasts through May 31.

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LA Fitness and other gym operators closed facilities in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic. Gov. Brian Kemp allowed fitness centers and some other businesses in Georgia to reopen with restrictions on April 24 as a first step in reopening the economy.

“We’ve been working on changes aimed at making our clubs the safest place you can work out,” LA Fitness wrote in an email to members. “As we continue to receive approvals from government officials and guidance from health authorities, we’ll start to reopen our clubs on a timetable that we believe strikes the proper balance between our desire to help you resume your workout routine and the desire we all have to remain healthy.”

LA Fitness said the company’s Georgia locations are among its first to reopen. Group classes are not scheduled to resume until June 1, the company said, a member billing will resume starting next month.

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The company said its spas, saunas, basketball courts and children’s clubs remain closed. Among the changes the company announced are contact-less check-in, added staff to sanitize equipment, medical screening of employees, protective gear for workers, limits to building occupancy and reductions in available equipment.

The club urged members to follow public health guidelines for social distancing and hygiene and if they feel sick or have come into contact with anyone with COVID-19.