The move, effective immediately, comes as COVID rapidly spreads through NY. Will other fitness studios follow suit?
Due to COVID concerns, Fhitting Room Studios has decided to close all of its NYC locations until the end of the year.
The move comes after the fitness studios reported two confirmed cases and “an increasing number of exposed team members,” according to Kari Saitowitz, founder and CEO of the functional high intensity training studios.
New York just hit another single-day positive case record, with nearly 22,000 positive cases. Fhitting Room deciding to temporarily close comes off the heels of the famed Rockettes and some Broadway shows going dark. Saturday Night Live even quickly reformatted its Saturday show, canceling its live audience after numerous positive COVID cases and concerns over the virus.
“As we head into the most festive weeks of the year, New York City is lighting up more than Rockefeller Center,” the email to the Fhitting Room community began. The fitness studio is encouraging members to stay connected through its virtual offerings.
New York City became the first city to require proof of vaccination earlier this fall for indoor activities, like attending fitness classes or the gym.
“Effective immediately, Fhitting Room studios will be closed through the end of the year. Our role has always been to keep you FHIT, strong, and socially connected. We are going continue to swing + sleigh in the holidays with you through email, social channels, Fhitting Room On Demand, and of course, LIVE! virtual classes where we can spend the holidays ‘together.’ LIVE! virtual classes are as close as you can come to our studio experience minus assault bikes. Check them out or schedule class now. Fhitting Room On Demand offers hundreds of workouts you can do anywhere on your own schedule. Our library offers a ‘best of’ collection of all our class types and FHITpros, and the first 14-days are on us! I hope you and your loved ones are able to celebrate the season with joy, and I look forward to welcoming you back in person with (kettle)bells on in the new year,” the email continues.
There is a chance that other gyms and fitness studios will consider closing temporarily as cases rise in New York and across the country.
SoulCycle tells us all NYC studios are continuing to operate as usual but that the SoulCycle team is closely monitoring the current rise in cases across the city.
Courtney Rehfeldt has worked in the broadcasting media industry since 2007 and has freelanced since 2012. Her work has been featured in Age of Awareness, Times Beacon Record, The New York Times, and she has an upcoming piece in Slate. She studied yoga & meditation under Beryl Bender Birch at The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute. She enjoys hiking, being outdoors, and is an avid reader. Courtney has a BA in Media & Communications studies.