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Mark Harrington

Republic Fitness

Republic Fitness Opening July 13, 2020

By Reps
It’s finally here! We are grateful and cannot thank you enough for supporting us during our temporary closure. Healthworks Group is a small, family-owned business, and we would not be able to make it through these 16 long weeks without you. We are thrilled to send you this email announcing that Governor Baker has given gyms the green light to reopen on July 6 and July 13 in the City of Boston.

Healthworks Cambridge, Chestnut Hill and Coolidge Corner will reopen on Monday, July 6 at 7 AM! Healthworks Back Bay and Republic Fitness will reopen at Monday, July 13 at 7AM.

A part of our world-class safety plan we are requiring all members to reserve their spot ahead of time whether they are going to a class, running on a treadmill or working out on the strength floor.  This will allow us to ensure appropriate physical distancing in our clubs and clean the club between each reservation block.

MA Safety Standards
The Commonwealth also released their Safety Standards this afternoon.  We are awaiting clarification on some points but we wanted to highlight a few key sections:

  1. It appears that masks are required while inside a gym or studio even when working out.  Until we hear otherwise, we will be enforcing this standard.
  2. The required distance between workout stations appears to be larger than any other state.  While we await clarification on these requirements we have closed more machines and workout squares.  Please do not use any closed areas.

Reservations

Are reservations required?

  • Yes! To help maintain proper physical distancing, we will require all members to sign up online for their Gym Time or Class.

How long are reservations?

  • All Gym Time Reservations are 75 minutes in length. We ask that you arrive during your reservation and leave promptly by the end of your reservation block to ensure we can properly disinfect the club between reservations.
  • For Class reservations, you may arrive 15 minutes before the class.  Please leave promptly after the class ends.

How do I reserve Gym Time or Classes?

  • Through our new and improved member app. The reservation window for your spot begins 49 hours in advance. Be sure to reserve ahead of time, and cancel as soon as possible if something arises.

Can I book back to back gym time reservations for a longer workout?

  • During our initial re-opening phase, we ask that you only sign up for one slot per day to allow all members the opportunity to enjoy the club. We will monitor capacities closely and modify hours if needed.

What is included in a Gym Time-Cardio Reservation block?

  • Gym Time Cardio give you access cardio equipment ONLY during this 75-minute block of time. Equipment will be first come first serve. You must fully sanitize and disinfect equipment before and after use. Please be prepared and leave the building by your end time.

What is included in Gym Time-Strength block?

  • Gym Time Strength give you access to our strength floor during this 75-minute block of time. Equipment and floor space will be first come first serve. Please stay within your designated area while working out. Please be prepared and leave the building by your end time

Do you have High Risk Hours?

  • Yes! We will close and completely clean and disinfect the club early each afternoon at 1PM.  To start, the 2PM time slot (first after cleaning ) of Gym Time will be reserved for members who are considered high risk.
    Please book Gym Time-Cardio High Risk or Gym Time- Cardio and Strength High Risk. Classes are separate and are not catered to a high risk population.

We are very excited to see you back in the club. Now more than ever, physical activity is crucial to strength and immunity.

All the best,

Mark Harrington, Jr
President, Healthworks Group

Republic Fitness

We’re Almost There: Important Updates – Sent June 22, 2020

By Reps

Thank you for your continued support. On Friday, Governor Baker announced that Phase 3 would begin no earlier than July 6. We have updated the email below which was originally sent on Tuesday June 16th with the latest information.  Please review the new information fully and fill out this form by the end of the day on June 23, 2020 if you are not ready to come back to the club in July.  This will allow us time to submit change requests to our billing company before the cut off.
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From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for your support over the last few challenging months.  We temporarily closed our doors 3 months ago and cannot wait to see you in person again in one of the safest and cleanest clubs in the world. Over the last few months, we have been inspired by your stories of keeping fit away from the gym, our team members’ commitment to keeping you healthy in less than ideal circumstances and your kinds words of encouragement.

We have said it many times over the last 43 years, but our amazing community of members and team members is second to none. Your support over the last few months has allowed us to keep over 100 team members on our payroll, procure the best cleaning and disinfecting equipment, reconfigure our clubs and train our team on these new standards and procedures.  Please take a look at our reopening and disinfecting plans and videos.

Gyms are included in Phase 3 of the Massachusetts reopening plan and if Phase 3 starts on the earliest possible date, we will open Healthworks and Republic Fitness on July 6.

For those of you who have been supporting us in full throughout this temporary closure, your billing we continue as it has been. For those of you who have switched to a virtual membership or put your membership on freeze over the last 3 months, normal member billing will resume a few days after the clubs reopen. We hope to see you or even if you do not feel comfortable coming in, that you will consider supporting us.

If you are not quite ready to return to the club, we encourage you to try or continue a virtual membership to stay active. We will also be extending the no-cost freeze option for an additional three months to those who request it.  If you would like to take advantage of either of these, please fill out this form by end of day on June 23, 2020 to allow us time to submit change requests to our billing company before the cut off.

If you have already requested a freeze extension and received a confirmation email from our system, you are all set and do not need to take further action.