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

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Welcome to your Covid-friendly health club (sorry, the changing rooms are closed)

Beatrice J. Doty
Health clubs will have to undergo a quiet transformation to be Covid secure - Captain Z for The Telegraph
Health clubs will have to undergo a quiet transformation to be Covid secure – Captain Z for The Telegraph

Barriers around the treadmill, a ban on handshakes, and a one-way system into the children’s ball pool – is this how the health club of the near-future will look? 

Indoor leisure centres in the UK have been shut since late March, due to the pandemic, but there is hope that some in England could start to reopen as early as next month. In Scotland, health cubs will reopen once the country has reached Phase Three of its lockdown plan, whilst Wales and Northern Ireland will reopen indoor gyms and swimming pools once they are at Step Four.

David Lloyd, which runs 115 leisure centres across the UK, this week announced the launch of a new series of “specially developed” outdoor fitness classes, including cycling, “Blaze” (a type of high-intensity interval training),

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