On January 13, Governor Gianforte issued a directive lifting the restrictions on hours of operation and capacity of small business. The new directive affords small business, like True Spirit CrossFit, the flexibility to develop and implement appropriate policies based on industry best practices.
In his press conference about the new directive, Governor Gianforte stressed the importance of small business owners taking personal responsibility to protect their employees health and taking appropriate actions to advance public heath.
Here's where I stand. I own a fitness business who's sole purpose is to make you healthier. I make a personal promise to each and every member to take responsibility for my business and do my level best to make you healthier.
If you catch COVID-19 at my business you have become sick. You are now the opposite of healthy. That is not acceptable to me.
So far, through our implementation of industry best practices we have not had a single instance of COVID-19 transmission at the gym. I intend to keep it that way.
While the Governor's directive will probably impact other small business it will not change our regular course of business.
As soon as we re-opened in May we implemented our own common sense best practices. No one gave us a a list. James and I sat down and came up with what we thought would be the best way to keep people at least 6 feet apart, reduce congestion in the front room, the hallway and the changing room. We came up with a thorough list and shared it with the Coaches who gave us even more great ideas on how to make the gym as safe as possible while still enabling all of you to become healthier through physical training. All of the Coaches and I took personal responsibility for your health. It's worked so far.
I was very eager to see what CrossFit would provide us for industry best practices. On December 30 I received an email from CrossFit with the following list of industry best practices. You can read the full document here. The CrossFit industry best practices are:
Anyone who has attended class knows that we implemented nearly all of these industry best practices back in May when we reopened and we installed CO2 monitors on November 25, 2020.
We will continue to operate utilizing these industry best practices until the COVID-19 curve has flattened and the threat to public health has significantly decreased.
No matter what, I stand firm on my promise to make you healthier. I will not compromise your health or that of our Coaching team just so that we can make more money by packing more people into class. Yes, we have been severely impacted financially by the pandemic, and yes, we will survive.
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