Planet Fitness announced today, July 27, that members and guests will be required to wear a mask (face covering) at all times while inside all open stores, beginning August 1.
Currently, all Planet Fitness employees are required to wear masks.
According to Chris Rondeau, Chief Executive Officer at Planet Fitness, the new policy requires members and guests to wear a mask at all times, including while working out. This includes upon entering and exiting the facility, and at all times while in the facility except when individuals are behind a private enclosure (shower, changing room, tanning room, etc.) or drinking.
"If you have a medical exception that prohibits you from wearing a mask, or you prefer not to wear one, please reach out to your local club, Rondeau stated. "We are happy to freeze your membership until such time when we are no longer requiring masks in our clubs at all times."
All Planet Fitness locations have disposable masks available if a member or guest forgets their mask.
Planet Fitness has already taken several additional steps to strengthen its existing cleanliness policies and procedures, including enhanced cleanliness and sanitization policies and procedures, extensive training for employees, physical distancing measures, and reducing physical touch points with touchless check-in, according to Rondeau. Earlier this month, the Company also launched a Crowd Meter feature on its free mobile app to allow members to check club capacity before coming into the gym.
Planet Fitness also offers free live “Home Work-Ins” which are part of Planet Fitness’ “United We Move” campaign, designed to motivate and inspire everyone to stay physically and mentally fit, Rondeau stated. Featuring Planet Fitness certified trainers and celebrity guests, each workout is streamed Monday-Friday at 7 p.m. ET and are available both on Facebook and the Planet Fitness YouTube channel once the broadcast is over. Each virtual class is 20 minutes or less and doesn’t require any equipment. Planet Fitness also offers exclusive fitness content and more than 500 exercises on its free mobile app.