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Canadians Could Need Appointments To Work Out At GoodLife When It Reopens

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The gym hopes it’ll be safe to reopen in July.

Staying at home hasn’t been easy for some, including gym bunnies. But in just a few months’ time, it seems like there could be good news for GoodLife fitness members in the country. Keeping current measures in place, CEO David Patchell-Evans hopes to reopen his GoodLife gyms by July 1. However, things sound likely to be a little different whenever in-gym workouts become possible again, potentially even including mandatory appointments.

According to The London Free Press, the owner and CEO of GoodLife hopes to have the gyms up and running by July 1 under best practices, with maintaining safety as the main priority.

“We will need to see lower incidence of virus, fewer people with problems. We will not be the first ones back. If things start to reopen in about two weeks, I would like to (reopen GoodLife) about six weeks after that. I am hoping for Canada Day across Canada,” Patchell-Evans told The LFP.

He adds that health and safety measures upon reopening will include re-positioning equipment to ensure it is two metres apart, limiting spots in fitness classes, and limiting entry.

Per The LFP, that last policy means members would be required to book their sessions online in advance, even just to use weights and/or machines. 

So, simply being a member might not be enough anymore.

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With the well-being of our Members, Associates & our community in mind we have made the difficult but important decision to close all GoodLife Fitness Clubs across Canada, effective immediately. We continue to be committed to the well-being of our Associates, including those who will be without work during the closure. We have made the decision to continue to pay all of our people for the next two weeks to help lessen the financial burden of this tremendous change. We look forward to welcoming them all back when we reopen. All Member payments are being suspended as of Tuesday March 17 and any paid-in-full Memberships will be put on freeze until further notice and expiry dates will be extended accordingly. Please check www.goodlifefitness.com for updates as they become available. We look forward to reopening our doors as soon as possible and welcoming everyone back. In the meantime, take care of yourself and each other.


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However, a response from the gym’s Twitter account to a customer notes that details have not been confirmed but “it is possible that there may be an appointment process when we first start back at the gym.”

GoodLife will also be undertaking more regular and deeper cleaning of equipment.

Narcity has reached out to a variety of other Canadian gyms for comment on their reopening plans.

It sounds like this may be the new normal in Toronto, too.

It’s predicted that once 6ix businesses begin reopening, a shifted approach would include appointments, reservations and pickups only for almost everything.

There could be some hope of that happening sooner rather than later, too.

Premier Doug Ford said this weekend that the lockdown in the province could end sooner than planned.

But if things don’t work out quite like that, Patchell-Evans won’t hesitate to keep gyms closed until October if needed, according to TLFP.

The future of working out could look pretty different. Home studio, anyone?


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