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

The gym hopes it'll be safe to reopen in July.
GoodLife Gyms Across In Canada May Ask Members To Make Appointments From Now On

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.

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.

Life Time Athletic, which operates three centres in the GTA, told Narcity by email that it will likely employ physical distancing measures, deep cleaning, and temperature screenings once they reopen, in line with public health data and advice.

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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