- Jan 4, 2008
As a gym owner myself, I think you hit the nail on the head. Gyms are staying open to avoid having to credit fees, refund fees etc. Most gyms require people to pay if they are open, whether or not you are present in class. I think this is a short term solution and it’s going to cause them major problems in the long term.Tried to add to my post but ...past that pesky 5 min rule...
ETA - also, by not closing their doors, the gyms do not have to worry about refunding tuitions and therefore place the responsibility on the families as to whether to attend. This allows them to stay in business in the long run. This is essential for small gym, where having 20-50 gymnasts working out together at the same time is a much smaller risk than, say, a school or large work environment.
Gyms are rarely rich, and most as a business live from pay check to pay check. They don’t have money aside to pay coaches if there is no tuition coming in, or pay the rent. They fear loss of their business. Of course loss of life is a more poignant issue, but it’s not easy to say that to someone whose livelihood feels Lin jeapoardy.
Of course at the end of the day, staying open may not be sending the best message to their clients, they may be sending the message, that health and safety is not their top priority. So while they may not have to refund fees now, they may find their enrolment significantly diminishes anyway.
Here in Australia, we are still gyms are still open, schools are still open. So far events where 500 or more people gather have been cancelled, but people have been told to continue to go about their daily lives as normal for the time being. We are not where you guys are yet, but we are bracing for it.