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Good afternoon everyone. I would like to take this opportunity to inform you all how we, the staff at CFD, plan to act in light of the recent concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Like most of you, I’m sure you’ve been inundated with emails from every business you’ve ever interacted with regarding how they plan on responding to the threat (some are far more useful and applicable than others!). However, given the nature of our industry, what we do at CFD is very relevant and can have a real impact on curbing the spread.
Regarding the risk – I know my audience. It’s not really about a vast majority of us at CFD. Many of us are healthy and resilient people who would likely recover fairly easily from this virus. It’s about those of us in and near our community who are more susceptible or compromised. Carriers could unwillingly and unknowingly give it to someone who could die from it, simple as that. The worst thing that would happen if you think it’s all hype BS and we ‘overreact’ is that we inconvenience ourselves for a short period of time. I don’t need to paint a picture demonstrating what might happen if it’s NOT hype – you only need to look to some real-life case studies happening right now to see what that could look like. Be smart, be cautious, make intelligent decisions, and be considerate of others.
With that said, it is of paramount importance that we are all utilizing proper procedures, both in and out of the gym. Given that, in many instances, people can be carriers of the virus long before they show symptoms, we have to operate with the utmost caution and diligence. Don’t come in if you experience any symptoms, cough into the crook of your arm, wipe EVERYTHING down when you’re done with it, and WASH YOUR DAMN HANDS (20 sec minimum with HOT water, soap, and FRICTION).
CFD is a small business. We are dependent on each and every one of you in order to continue operations. I want to do the most responsible thing I’m capable of doing as a business owner considering that critical dependency I have on your continued support. As a result, I have decided to provide as much value and options as I can so that the degree of exposure you each choose during this time is ultimately that – YOUR choice.
Remote Training Options
For those of you wanting to practice ‘social distancing,’ I fully support and commend this line of thinking. This individual choice, when made by a majority of the population, will ultimately be the most effective course of action we can collectively take as a community. To facilitate your continued training during this period (however long it may last), all supplementary programs (Gymnastics, Foundational Strength, and Cardio Club) will be made available to anyone who wants access to them at no cost. We will also provide a modified class program design to any of you who choose to work out at home and have limited or no equipment. Just email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll get it set up for you. Whatever I/we can do to continue to provide value to you during this time, please let me know.
Flexible Hours of Operation
For those of you wanting to utilize the space and equipment at CFD, the facility will remain available and accessible to each and every one of you. As always, our home is your home – in the 8+ years of operating CFD, I’ve only ever asked that everyone treat the facility as though it were their own, leaving it the same (or better) as they found it. This policy still applies, and I only stress the importance of cleaning up after yourselves – not just from a ‘clutter’ perspective, but from the infinitely-more-important health and safety perspective. If you want access, please reach out directly to me to coordinate.
For the time being, we will continue to offer group classes. As of the time of publication, there have been zero confirmed cases in Dubuque. That could all change quickly, and it could change at a rate that makes any reactionary reconsideration of this policy too little and too late. Regardless, you have all paid for a service that came with certain terms, and a critical component of those terms is the attendance of an in-person group class. As such, we will take any and all precautionary measures we can to ensure your health and safety. Please note the use of the term WE; it takes all of us caring about adhering to these procedures to effectively mitigate our combined risk. Coaches AND Attendees are responsible for the following EACH and EVERY class:
- Wiping down ALL high-touch points of the facility (doorknobs, to include stall doors, any and all equipment used, etc.)
- Stick to the same equipment throughout your workout (ie: no sharing if at all possible)
- Wash hands thoroughly before and after classes
- Floors mopped mid-day and evening, EVERY day
That’s all I have for now – as I/we continue to monitor this issue at hand, I’m sure things will continue to change. Please reach out to me directly if you have any questions or feedback.
Stay safe, and Stay the Course <1>