Coronavirus: gym memberships can now be frozen at no charge
Leisure centres and swimming pools were still open on Friday morning
20 March, 2020 — By Tom Foot
Keeping fit and healthy can help fight the virus
BETTER – the firm running leisure centres and gyms in Camden – is freezing memberships at no charge.
Gym users had initially been told it would cost them £5 to freeze memberships for one month during the coronavirus outbreak. But the £5 fee has now been waived and the one month period will be extended if necessary.
In a message to members, it said: “To help our members we have waived the £5 membership freeze fee. Should the current situation change, we will of course do everything we can to help our members – and if we need to extend the freeze period for you, we will do that automatically free of charge and let you know as soon as possible.”
It added: “We understand that at this challenging time, taking care of ourselves and our loved ones is our number one priority. As a charitable social enterprise, we value each of our members and we would like to help you keep fit, healthy and active during this time – so you can stay in and work out should that be necessary.”
Many facilities are still open as of this morning (Friday), including pools at Swiss Cottage and Kentish Town, where special cleaning measures are being implemented.
Better said it had increased cleaning regimes at centres and was requesting “all our customers use anti-bacterial cleaning sprays provided” and to “wipe down equipment before and after use”, adding: “The pool environment can continue to be used by our customers. The Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) have stated ‘..it is generally safe to go swimming at this time. Water and the chlorine within swimming pools will help to kill the virus’.”