Candace Cordelia is a Pennsylvania-based journalist and on-camera broadcaster/host, with…
Popular fitness chains Equinox and SoulCycle (owned by Equinox) will require all employees and gym goers to prove their COVID-19 vaccination status in their New York City facilities. Equinox and SoulCycle have plans to enact their vaccination mandate in all buildings worldwide.
Gym goers and employees of both Equinox and SoulCycle will soon be required to show their COVID-19 vaccination cards. The New York Post reports that the mandate announced by the fitness chains will begin in early September in New York City. However, all locations worldwide will eventually ask anyone entering their doors to prove their vaccination status.
As of August 2, Soulcycle’s website states that anyone “fully vaccinated against COVID-19” can take their masks off while utilizing their indoor studios.” In addition, masks “will be required for everyone in all shared spaces, like the lobby, locker rooms, etc.” Masks are not required while riding outside SoulCycle buildings,”except for the SoCal region.”
Equinox’s website boasts separate local mask guidelines for members according to region and the promise to uphold the “Equinox standard of cleanliness” within all clubs. Amid the new vaccination guidelines, Equinox facilities “will accept physical vaccine cards, photos of vaccine cards or state issued digital vaccine passes as proof.” The institution will also “work with” clients and Equinox employees who have are not vaccinated against the coronavirus due to medical or religion reasons.
News of Equinox and SoulCycle’s latest proof of vaccination order comes after a spike of COVID-19 infections, via the Delta variant, across the United States. Per CNN, the reported ease of the Delta variant’s spread has been likened to chickenpox. The severity of coronavirus infections has occurred both among vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, yet a surge of new COVID-19 cases (99.7%) in early July was tied to unvaccinated persons, according to CBS News.
In June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined updated information for gym and fitness center employees and staff. The newly revised regulations include suggestions for cleaning and disinfecting, personal protective equipment (PPE) use and resources for mental health and stress management.
Candace Cordelia is a Pennsylvania-based journalist and on-camera broadcaster/host, with a reporting background in wrestling, entertainment, and lifestyle. Her reporting work has been featured on websites and in publications such as Bustle, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, New York Daily News, am New York, ABC News, Yahoo!, Good Morning America, Madame Noire, Sister 2 Sister, etonline.com, Diva Dirt and The Everyday Fan. Her favorite workout influencers include Chloe Ting, Cassey Ho, Pamela Reif and Mary Braun. She still can’t stand burpees and Rebbl Dark Chocolate Immunity Elixir is one of her favorite post-workout protein sips. You can follow Candace on Twitter @CandaceCordelia and on Instagram @thatgirlcandace16.