Health Club Reopens 5 Facilities In Northern Virginia

Beatrice J. Doty

NORTHERN VIRGINIA — Life Time, a chain of health clubs in the U.S. and Canada, has reopened five of its health club facilities in Northern Virginia, with the goal of providing a safe environment for its employees and members.

Life Time has updated its website to provide members with information about its social distancing, cleaning and sanitation, hygiene and screening and other health-related protocols. The company also enlisted a former state epidemiologist with experience in clinical occupational and environment medicine to ensure the health club’s protocols are in line with the latest public health considerations.

“As a company founded on member point of view, we want our members to have confidence and peace of mind that Life Time is committed to creating an environment that helps reduce risks associated with COVID-19,” Life Time Chief Operating Officer Jeff Zwiefel said. “Reopening Life Time with enhanced health and safety protocols, we believe, is in the best interest of our members’ physical and mental health, and will empower them to take control of their health through exercise, proper nutrition and lifestyle changes to boost their immune systems.”

Fitness centers and health clubs in Northern Virginia were allowed to open indoor areas at 30-percent capacity on June 12 under phase two of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s coronavirus reopening plan. Under phase 3 of the reopening plan, which is scheduled to start in Virginia next Wednesday, fitness centers and health clubs will be permitted to operate at 75-percent capacity.

Life Time’s five locations in Northern Virginia are:

As of June 16, nearly 100 of 150 Life Time health clubs across the country have reopened, starting with Oklahoma City on May 8.

Life Time, formerly known as Life Time Fitness, said it has adopted these safety measures at each of its facilities:

  • Enhanced cleaning regularly throughout the club, and overnight deep cleaning, using an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant and virucide that is known to be effective against emerging viral pathogens and human coronavirus, including the virus that causes COVID-19.

  • Cleaning stations with disinfectants (in both wipes and spray bottles) throughout the club for members to use before and after exercising on equipment.

  • Social distancing measures throughout the club including markings or directions at the front desk, fitness floor, class studios, locker rooms, children’s areas, pool areas and more.

  • Dedicated equipment for class participants that is cleaned between classes, to promote single use.

  • Temperature screening for all team members consistent with governmental orders and guidelines.

This article originally appeared on the Ashburn Patch

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