Blink Fitness came out with its announcement on re-opening of gyms in places such as New York State, New York City, Syracause, Rochester, Long Island. These gyms will re-start their operations on the following dates with operating hours being subject to certain modifications. There would be strict adherence to the guidelines announced by the respective states and local authorities as and when the gyms re-start operations.

The operating hours at Long Island and Westchester on August 24th would be as follows:

Monday to Friday – 5.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.

Saturday/Sunday – 7.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Syracuse and Rochester:

Monday to Friday – 6.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.

Saturday/Sunday – 7.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.

At New York City, the operating hours on September 02nd would be as follows:

Monday to Friday – 6.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.

Saturday/Sunday – 7.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

As the hours are now fixed for these places, it would be easier to carry out a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the gyms during the night. Blink is thrilled to welcome its employees as well as members back to the gym, as they have carefully developed and executed the process of re-opening of the gyms.

The gyms at New York will operate at 33% capacity and it would be on a first-come, first-served basis as per the local guidelines. Blink will be ensuring that all members would be wearing masks that are acceptable, which would require covering their nose and mouth at all times while present at the gym. For those members who are not able to wear a mask for medical reasons, a face shield would have to be worn by them. The employees of Blink are expected to wear masks as well as gloves during their entire period at the gym. The temperatures of members and employees would be taken by the staff and they would have to provide confirmatory responses to a health screening questionnaire, as and when they enter the gym. In case, any employee or member has a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher temperature, they would be denied access to the gym. Access could also be denied to members and employees based on their responses to the health screening questionnaire.

Blink has undergone an up-gradation of air filters to MERV-13 or HEPA in order to ensure air filtration efficiency is better, since it is related to COVID-19. Moreover, the layouts of the gym have been reorganized in order to support local guidelines for social distancing. Some of the cardio machines would not be available for use to ensure that there is a gap of six feet between members. Water fountains and showers would also be unavailable temporarily to fulfill the local guidelines to be followed. Further details on protocols to be followed and details on safety are available in their new Blink Promise.

All memberships would be unfrozen after the gyms reopen. Billing will start from September 10th for Westchester, Long Island, Rochester and Syracuse, while New York City would start billing on September 15th. Blink is offering the option to refreeze the membership for members for a limited time period without any cost.

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Disclaimer:

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a health advice. We would ask you to consult a qualified professional or medical expert to gain additional knowledge before you choose to consume any product or perform any exercise.

Claus Chackravarthi
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A Journalist with a passion for writing articles covering specific areas related to fitness, technology, healthcare and nutrition.

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