MINNEAPOLIS – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Today, owners of independently operated Anytime Fitness locations across Canada are sending letters to provincial leaders and health officials in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec – where health clubs are closed – inviting them to work with the health club industry, provincial-approved safety and create sanitary protocols that will allow these essential businesses to reopen. Anytime Fitness provides health and wellness services to more than 100,000 Canadians with more than 200 locations across Canada and is one of the largest fitness club brands in the country.
“We appreciate the difficult challenges the provinces faced in deciding whether or not to close certain industries or to remain open,” said Stacy Anderson, president of Anytime Fitness. “However, the continued gym closures due to COVID-19 are hindering Canadians’ ability to maintain their physical and mental health. The data is clear that health clubs and fitness centers – which, unlike restaurants and retail locations, are membership-based, controlled environments that are not open to the general public – are safe when safety and hygiene protocols are followed.
In fact, we know that Anytime Fitness locations currently open across Canada – in British Columbia, for example – have shown that following safety and hygiene protocols neutralizes the risk of infection in their facilities and allows them to continue to provide essential exercise and wellness services for their members.
“Both the Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC) and the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (YOURSA) have issued industry-approved safety and hygiene protocols in response to the pandemic. Have fitness at all times has adapted these standards worldwide for our locations in cooperation with heads of government in order to adapt them to local requirements. So we know there are safety and hygiene protocols that work.
“That is why we, together with our Canadian franchisees, respectfully urge the provincial leaders where the health clubs are closed to work with us to be safe again as soon as possible. Come to the table and tell us what it takes. ”
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Anytime Fitness is the fastest growing gym franchise in the world, with an average of 300 new gyms per year and 4.2 million members in more than 4,800 gyms. It is the only franchise of any kind with locations on all seven continents. Anytime Fitness is open 365 days a year around the clock and offers its members practical fitness options and friendly, personal service in well-maintained facilities with high-quality exercise equipment. Gyms are now open in 32 countries. All of the franchise gyms are privately owned and operated by individuals. They have an Anywhere Access policy that allows members to access any Anytime Fitness facility worldwide. For more information visit www.anytimefitness.com.
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