Gyms are included in the list of businesses allowed to reopen as part of Phase One of the Trump Administration’s guidelines.
Announced last week, this three-phase plan to reopen the country will vary state by state at governors’ discretion. In Georgia, one of the first states to move to Phase One, both Planet Fitness and SoulCycle have already shared that they do not have a set date for reopening at this time even though they are technically allowed. Orangetheory Fitness, however, will be opening some franchised Georgia locations as soon as May 11.
Anthony Geisler, CEO and founder of Xponential Fitness, said he believes boutique fitness studios are safer to reopen than big gym franchises because they are often smaller spaces. Exponential Fitness manages eight boutique fitness chains including Row House, Pure Barre, and Club Pilates.
In the meantime, gyms owners continue to work to develop company-wide standards for cleaning and social distancing to keep members safe once they do reopen.
Updated Friday, April 24
Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy L. Morales announced Friday morning that Phase One of the reopening plan would require special guidelines, including no more than 10 people being allowed in gyms at a time. The date for reopening is still TBD. Phase One will not go into effect until the number of active COVID cases drops for a consecutive 14 days.