Fitness Brand Reopens Clubs with New Social Distancing Guidelines and Enhanced Cleaning Procedures
NEW YORK, July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Blink Fitness announced that in accordance with local and state reopening guidelines in Illinois, the Merrionette, Oaklawn, Bridgeport, Midway and Evanston clubs have been reopened.
The clubs opened on the following days with modified operating hours:
- June 26th 2020
- June 29, 2020
- June 30th, 2020
- Monday-Friday: 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday/Sunday: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
These abbreviated hours will allow for thorough cleaning and sanitizing procedures overnight. With the reopening process carefully developed and executed, Blink is excited to welcome members and employees back into the gym.
The reopened Illinois clubs will be following local guidelines. Consistent with CDC and local guidelines, members should wear a mask at all times when they are not engaging in vigorous physical activity. Blink strongly recommends that members wear a mask during workouts. In our Midway and Bridgeport locations members are required to wear masks during all indoor physical activity. All Blink employees will be wearing masks and gloves at all times.
Staff will be taking the temperatures of members and employees as they enter the gym. Per CDC guidelines, any member or employee with a temperature of 100.4°F or higher will not be given access to the gym. At the Midway and Bridgeport locations, any member or employee with a temperature of 100.0°F or higher will not be given access to the gym. All further protocols and safety details can be found in our new Blink Promise.
Now that gyms have been reopened, all memberships are unfrozen, and billing will resume. Blink understands that not everybody will be ready to come back to the gym right away, and the company is offering members the option to refreeze their membership for an additional 30 days at no cost.
"We look forward to confidently welcoming our members back," said Blink Fitness CEO, Todd Magazine. "I know I speak for the entire Blink family when I say we're all excited to resume playing a supportive role in the fitness journeys of our members."
Blink is asking members to play their part in helping to keep employees and the larger community safe and healthy by following new gym rules, those can be found in the Blink Responsibility rules (below the Blink Promise).
For specific information regarding the reopening of your gym, please visit this FAQ page.
For more information on Blink Fitness reopening plan in your region, please visit our Gym Updates page.
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Blink is challenging conventional fitness stereotypes through its revolutionary philosophy of Mood Above Muscle® by celebrating how exercise makes you feel versus how it makes you look. Blink is the first gym to showcase body diversity and engage people who have been disenfranchised by the clichéd advertising images that feature unrealistic and unattainable bodies. Blink Fitness—a premium and affordable fitness brand—celebrates the positive feelings exercise elicits, along with the physical benefits. Blink has 140 locations open or in development throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, California, Illinois, Florida, Virginia, Massachusetts and Texas. Blink has been ranked on the Inc. 5000 list three times, was recognized as one of the top health clubs by Club Industry, and was selected as the best budget chain by Men's Health.
Blink Fitness has franchise opportunities available nationwide with a focus on the following markets: Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix, Raleigh, Las Vegas and Kansas City. For more information about Blink, visit blinkfitness.com. Franchising details are available on blinkfranchising.com.
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