EoS, Life Time state they may reopen in Arizona before July 27th

Two gym chains, Life Time and EoS, have announced to thousands of members in Arizona that they may reopen before the governor’s July 27 shutdown expires, despite not explaining how.

Both chains closed their gyms in Arizona after initially defying governor’s June 29 order to close gyms, bars, theaters, and water parks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, which is on the rise in Arizona and the hospital capacity is reduced.

EoS informed members that the order would only be closed for one day after the order appeared, despite the fact that the chain has closed all 22 gyms in the Phoenix area as per the order.

In an email to members on Tuesday, EoS CEO Rich Drengberg said the gyms may open before July 27th.

“We will continue to adhere to the governor’s order and work with your office and ADHD to come up with a plan that will allow us to reopen before the scheduled reopening date on July 27,” the email said of the member.

EoS memberships were “suspended” during shutdown.

A public relations firm representing EoS declined to give assurances the company received from the governor’s office or the Department of Health that its gyms would be allowed to reopen before the 27th.

Life Time, with five gyms in the Phoenix area, stayed open until the state suspended licensing of liquor in two locations and agreed to close its gyms, studios, and gyms while keeping its salons, spas, catering services, and pools open.

On Wednesday, some Life Time members received a similar notice of a possible reopening before July 27th.

“We remain confident that our strict protocols will prompt these officials to reopen the temporarily closed fitness areas of our clubs earlier than the current order, which expires on July 27,” said Kari Neubauer, general manager of Life Time Gilbert E-mail.

The message included an option for members to “sign up” for payment of pro-rated fees for access to the open areas of the clubs. Otherwise, they will not be charged until the fitness areas are reopened.

The governor’s office said Wednesday it had not notified gyms that there would be a reopening before July 27.

“No, we didn’t state that,” said Ducey spokesman Patrick Ptak. “We work with gyms to ensure the correct public health policies are in place when the order is canceled.”

Other chains like LA Fitness and Planet Fitness obeyed the order and closed on June 29th.

Mountainside Fitness remained an obstacle until a judge ruled Tuesday that it had to close its 18 gyms while the governor’s order is pending legal challenge.

EoS also sued and its case was consolidated with Mountainside.

Another suit from comes from Xponential, a California-based company that operates 50 exercise studios in Arizona, including brands like Pure Barre, CycleBar, Stretch Lab, Club Pilates, and Row House.

A lawyer for these gyms said last week that they will all remain closed during this lawsuit, but the Republic of Arizona found that at least six of the franchises were open this week.

Reach out to reporter Ryan Randazzo at Ryan.Randazzo@ arizonarepublic.com or 602-444-4331. Follow him on Twitter @UtilityReporter.

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