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Boutique Gyms Inch Back With Fewer Customers, Strict Safety Systems



Boutique Gyms Inch Back With Fewer Customers, Strict Safety Systems

Limited capacity, timed visits, closed showers, sanitizing, and physical separation are cornerstones of the plans of such fitness chains as Equinox, Barry’s, and SoulCycle.

For popular fitness chain Barry’s, which offers strength and cardio interval fitness workouts for $38 per class, Chief Executive Officer Joey Gonzalez says that consideration as to how to safely restart classes in its 44 studios has involved focus groups with clients and consultations with an advisory council of health-care experts.

Barry’s plans to have open treadmills on each side of running clients to maintain social distancing. Benches will no longer be shared in the workout circuit. The chain is also offering hand sanitizer throughout its locations and installing shield guards at the front desk to protect employees. 

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