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