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December 18th, 2020
Starting Saturday, December 19th we’re extending our schedule into the morning hours so you can climb anytime. Each bouldering session has also been stretched to 1:30 so you get more time to crush! Finally, sessions are now bookable up to one week advance, so you can plan ahead.
We’re also excited to welcome back Punch Pass & Day Pass Holders. Memberships and Punch Passes can be purchased at bridgesrockgym.com/membership, and day passes can be purchased directly on the booking page.
As of December 6th, a regional Stay at Home Order went into effect to help slow the spread of COVID-19 across California. As stated by the CDPH, outdoor recreation facilities may continue to operate and are even encouraged to do so in order to support physical and mental health. We’re pretty stoked about that last bit!
If you’ve been following our social media, you may have noticed that we’ve been working on a new project for you all - an outdoor bouldering area! We’ve got three woodies, or spray walls up in the parking lot, with capacity for about 10 climbers at a time. Think of it like three (slightly smaller) copies of our system wall.
We’ll be employing the same COVID-19 prevention measures you’re used to, including health screenings, contact tracing, masks, and distancing. Please come prepared with a mask that covers your nose and mouth, a water bottle to stay hydrated, liquid chalk or chalk balls, and plenty of layers to keep warm.
Reservations start Monday, December 14th, and are available to book now. For the time being, we will be offering reservations for current members only. We’ll be running shorter hours for the first couple of days as a “soft opening,” but we do plan on adding more reservation slots shortly.
Sadly, due to a sharp rise in new cases of COVID-19 in our County, Bridges will be temporarily closed again effective Tuesday, November 17th. This news came quickly on Friday, following Contra Costa County’s move into Tier 2 (Red Tier).
Though Gyms & Fitness Centers in Red Tier counties are allowed to operate at 10% according to Governor Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, Contra Costa county has made the decision to close what they consider to be high-risk indoor activities, including indoor dining, indoor fitness centers, and movie theatre concessions, in an effort to curb the immediate rise in cases.
We are disappointed, to say the least. It has been an absolute joy to see you and your families enjoying our facility once again. We feel that the measures we’ve taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our facility are more than adequate, and arguably safer than going to the movies, outdoor dining establishments, and most retail stores.
Still, we can’t argue with the numbers. According to CCHS, “This past Thursday, California reached the unfortunate milestone of 1 million COVID cases statewide.” As we look towards the holiday season, we understand that now is the time for caution. We urge our community to follow all CDC guidance for preventing the spread of the virus.
We’re optimistic, and believe this closure will be much shorter than the last - although hospitalizations are currently increasing, the death count is not. This is due, in large part, to the fact that health care providers have a much better understanding of how to treat patients.
You, our dedicated members, are the reason we survived the 6 ½ months of closure from March 16 through September 29th. With your support we can make it through this again. We were humbled by those of you who were willing and able to support Bridges while we were closed, and it is with that same humility we ask for your support again. Thank you all in advance for your continued support; we can’t wait to see you in-person again.
In the meantime, we have joined the California Indoor Climbing Coalition in their efforts to classify Climbing Gyms as lower-risk than traditional fitness facilities. As you know: masks, distancing, and personal hygiene are much easier to employ, and climbing chalk has been proven in multiplestudies to deactivate the novel coronavirus. If you’d like to help out, please sign the petition and visit the CICC website to take further action.
Members, please watch your inbox for a followup email with your options for changing your membership status. As always, we have several options available, and making status changes is just a matter of a few clicks.
Is It Safe to Come Back?
Your health and safety, as well as that of our staff members, is paramount.
When we shut our doors on March 16th, we knew it was the right thing to do. Cases were skyrocketing, no one knew exactly where the virus came from, how it spread, or how to treat it.
While we still don’t have all the answers nearly 7 months later, we’re confident that we can limit the spread of the virus in our facility by implementing the following key strategies:
What Will Using the Gym Look Like Once We Re-Open?
As we laid out in our June 26th Reopening Update, all gym use will be by reservation. Customer can reserve a bouldering, weight room, or cardio session on our website at bridgesrockgym.com/gymsessions. Non-members can make one reservation per day, and Members can make one reservation per activity area per day.
When you arrive, you’ll be screened by a staff member. You’ll answer a few questions about COVID-19 symptoms, recent health, and COVID-19 exposure, and we’ll take your temperature with a no-contact thermometer.
You’ll need to wear a mask which covers your mouth and nose. Neck gaiters don’t count, and neither do masks which do not sufficiently block the moisture droplets expelled while breathing (i.e. N95s with valves), masks with holes, etc. For more information, check out the CDC’s guidance on masks.
Be prepared to workout.
Limit personal belongings, and wear what you want to work out in.
Our locker rooms will be open only as restrooms, not changing facilities, with a 2-person capacity.
If you need a gym towel, please bring one, as laundry service will not be available for now.
If you need a yoga mat for your workout, please bring one: these will not be available for now.
Finally, we’ll need you to check out with our staff, as well as check-in, so that we can ensure the efficacy of our contact-tracing system. We’ll have a dedicated check-out scanner which works just like our check-in scanner. This allows us to confirm who has shared space together, and for how long, just in case we have a member test positive.