COVID-19

The latest information we have.

Classes Available on Live-stream

​During the shutdown, we're doing our best to help our members keep up with their fitness goals.

 

Classes are free for members, and we're asking that non-members consider donating $5-25 for their participation in class. Click the button below, or here to register now.

Once you've registered, just head on over to /BridgesRockGym on Facebook and check out our live story! Make sure to "like" our page so you'll get notifications when we go live!

Please see below for our full schedule of livestream classes.

Memberships

As many of you know, we are a small, family-run business. You know our names and faces.

 

Without being able to conduct parties and sell day passes, our members are the only source of support we have to meet our fixed expenses while we are closed. This is a real challenge for us, but we are keeping a positive outlook.

 

We are incredibly grateful for those of you who have graciously decided to continue your memberships with us. It means everything at a time like this to be able to count on the support of our community. We are resilient, as is our community, and with your help we can and will make it through this crisis.

 

Every bit of support will help us tremendously. If the regular membership amount is too difficult for you, but you’d like to contribute more than the freeze fee of $10.00, let us know what you can pay and we’ll gratefully accept whatever that amount is. 

 

If you’re considering terminating your membership, please consider freezing your membership for just $10/mo instead. Every little bit helps - $10/mo makes a significant difference for us right now. If even $10/mo is too much, you can still keep your membership: upon request, we’ll waive our freeze fee for you until we reopen the gym. Keeping your membership intact by freezing is the easiest way to reactivate your membership once we reopen.

 

If you'd like to choose any of these options, please fill out a Member Change Request at bridgesrockgym.com/membership in advance of our billing day, always the 1st of the month. If you have any special requests, such as a reduced membership rate, or a waived freeze fee, please include them in the comments. We will be processing all change requests manually, so we will make sure all special requests get our individual attention.

Gym Closure Update

March 28th 2020

We can't believe it's already been two weeks.

 

Just hours after we announced that we would close our doors, six Bay Area counties announced shelter-in-place orders. Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a state-wide shelter-in-place order. And since then, Mayors and Governors all over the country have followed suit.

 

While none of us know for sure how long California's shelter-in-place order will be in effect, most reliable sources are telling us it will likely be 8-12 weeks.

 

We are committed to opening the gym as soon as it is responsible to do so. We have already updated a number of our standard operating procedures in light of the current crisis, and we hope to invite you back to an even cleaner, corona-conscious gym once we're able to do so.

 

In the meantime, we're working hard to give back to our community by helping you stay fit at home.

Gym Closure Notice

March 15th 2020

Dear Bridges Rock Gym Community,

 

The spread of COVID-19 throughout the world is truly devastating to many lives, and our thoughts and hearts are with those directly affected by this illness. As we've been watching this situation unfold, we've realized we need to play a bigger part in preventing the spread of this virus, and in protecting the health of the Bridges community that we love. 

 

After limiting access to Bridges Rock Gym yesterday, we have since realized that the restriction was potentially not enough to curb the spread of COVID-19. Even with the limited number of people in the gym, it is just too difficult to keep to the social distancing guidelines.

 

Although there is not yet official guidance forcing us to close now, the possibility of contributing to the spread of the virus is something we simply cannot bear. In an effort to support the health of our community and the world at-large, we believe the best thing to do is to take the preemptive action to close Bridges Rock Gym, effective tomorrow, March 16th. We will continue to evaluate the situation closely, but at this point we anticipate being closed through the end of March.

Bridges Rock Gym is a small, family-owned business, and we are in this as a team with our employees and all of you.  It humbles us to ask for such consideration from our community, but in order for us to take care of our dedicated employees, and to continue to pay for our fixed expenses, we are asking for those who are able to please consider keeping your membership intact while we ride out this difficult time.  We will definitely show our appreciation to those of you who are able to power through this with us! To those who are unable, we completely understand - upon request we will issue a credit for the remainder of March, and even waive the freeze fee for the month of April to make it easier to return to the gym when you’re ready. The overall impact of this time period may not be realized for several weeks, but with your help, we can all pull through.

While we are closed, we will perform thorough cleaning of the facility so we can reopen with a fresh start.

 

We've already started looking at the possibility of providing you with at-home options for your fitness needs, through live-streaming of yoga and fitness classes, exercises to keep your climbing strength up, and tips for your general health and well-being.  We understand that this is not the same as being able to physically visit Bridges, but we hope these efforts will give you assurance that we will not stop working to give you the same loyalty you've given us over the years.

Please feel free to reach out via phone or email with comments or concerns.  If we all do our part to reduce, and whenever possible, eliminate our contact with others, we will slow the rate of spread, and hopefully shorten the time it takes to recover.

 

With heartfelt gratitude for making Bridges what it is,

Bridges Rock Gym Management

COVID-19 Updates

March 13th 2020

A lot has changed since we sent out our first Coronavirus notice last Friday. According to SF Gate, there are now 168 cases of Coronavirus in the Bay Area. Local parks, schools, libraries, even courts are closed through the end of the month. And Costco runs out of Toilet Paper every day.

 

On Wednesday, California updated its public health guidelines, including those relating to nonessential gatherings of people, in effect through at least the end of March:

  • “Gatherings of 250 or more people should be postponed or canceled.”

  • “Smaller gatherings held in venues that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person should be postponed or canceled.”

  • “Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people. This includes gatherings such as those at retirement facilities, assisted living facilities, developmental homes, and support groups for people with health conditions.”

 

Further, Contra Costa County has recommended we avoid gatherings of 50 or more people in order to mitigate the spread of the virus in our community. Local health officials are stressing the urgency of assertive, proactive action to curb the spread of the virus, in spite of a lack of useful information on what the right actions are.

So What're We Going to Do?

We understand that the gym is an important part of maintaining your healthy lifestyle and social world. In order to preserve a safer environment for our beloved members and guests, we are implementing the following measures through the end of the month.

 

  • We will be limiting gym access to no more than 50 customers at a time. 

  • We will remain open to both members and guests at this time, however we will be prioritizing space in the facility for our members. We may be faced with the difficult decision to limit or discontinue day use access to the gym in order to accommodate our members; this is a moving target, and we will update as soon as we know more.

  • We will be encouraging “social distancing” by limiting the number of people in each activity area.

  • Team Bridges practice will be limited. Team climbers and parents will be addressed in a followup email.

  • Yoga + Fitness class sizes will be reduced to allow for appropriate “social distancing.” Advanced Registration will be required for all classes. We are exploring options for live-streaming classes for members who can’t make it to class or prefer to stay home.

  • We have rescheduled all group events at the gym through the end of the month, including Birthday Parties, After-Hours Parties, and Field Trips.

  • We have cancelled our upcoming Kids Climbing Camps over Spring Break.

  • If you have a group event, or Kids Climbing Camp booking with us, our staff will reach out soon to help you cancel or reschedule your booking.

  • We have rescheduled Members Night from next Saturday to Saturday, April 25th, 2020.

  • We will not be renting chalk or chalk bags, and are encouraging the use of alcohol-based liquid chalk, which is more hygienic.

  • We will keep the front door and our locker room doors open so you have one less surface to touch on your way in and out of the gym.

 

Further, we are continuing the following efforts from last week:

  • Cleaning every surface we can as often as possible

  • Requiring sick employees stay home

  • Making extra hand sanitizer stations and gym wipes available to members

 

We will reassess these measures as information and government recommendations develop.

 

If you are over the age of 60, otherwise part of a high-risk population, we recommend you stay home. If you’re under the weather, experiencing flu-like symptoms, or are just feeling anything other than 100%, please take a few days off of the gym, rest up, and feel better. Wait until your symptoms subside, and maybe then some, before returning.

 

If you’ve read the above and you’re ready to come on down to use the gym, we’d like to stress the following good hygiene principles.

  • Wash your hands when you get to the gym, to avoid spreading outside germs. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using hot, soapy water. Wash your hands again when you’re ready to leave, to avoid taking germs with you.

  • Use hand sanitizer often.

  • Don’t touch your face if you haven’t just washed your hands.

  • Don’t shake hands, or even bump fists.

  • Wipe down gym equipment before and after use.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put your used tissue in a waste basket.

  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.

  • Practice “social distancing” by maintaining a 6-foot personal space bubble whenever possible.

We thank you for your support and understanding during these trying times. Our thoughts are with all those directly affected by this terrible illness. We hope that by taking the measures above we can do our part to help “flatten the curve,” and limit the spread in our community. If you have questions, concerns, or feedback for us, we encourage you to respond to this email to open up a dialogue.

 

Stay fit, stay healthy, and we hope to see you soon.

 

All the Best,

The Management Team

Bridges Rock Gym

Spread Love, Not Corona Virus

March 6th 2020

There is a lot of concern about the spread of Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

 

We're doing everything we can to help keep our gym clean, like extra cleaning of shared surfaces, encouraging sick employees to stay home, and making extra hand sanitizer stations available throughout the gym.

 

Climbing gyms and other fitness facilities will never be sterile – from climbing holds to dumbbells, we all touch the same stuff. While we all love brushing chalky holds, it's just not practical to sanitize each and every pinch or pocket after use.

 

There are some very basic things we can all do to help prevent the spread, and continue on with our lives. We based our list below upon the Center for Disease Control's recommendations.

Spread Love — Not Coronavirus!

Tips on Using the Gym Amid a Public Health Crisis

 

  • Wash Hands Frequently

  • Use Hand Sanitizer

  • Avoid Touching Your Face

  • Wipe Down Gym Equipment Before & After Use

  • Feeling Sick? Consider Staying Home

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