To our Body Edge Family,
Phew! This has been quite a week! As the COVID-19 situation
continues to unfold, Body Edge will continue to adjust.
Who knew a few short (actually really long) days ago, phrases such as
“social distancing” and “flatten the curve” would become so
predominant? There is obviously a lot of information and even more
opinions about COVID-19 out there. I have tried to make the best
decisions based upon the best information available.
Body Edge is more than a gym or a location; it is a collective group of
amazing people from front desk staff, to trainers, to class instructors, to
members and participants. It is an honor for me to be a part of this
family. After much thought and prayer, I have decided to close the gym
as of noon Friday, March 20th. This has not been mandated by any
authority. This is a decision made by me. This decision was made
based upon several considerations, keeping the staff and members health
at the forefront. There are some characteristics about COVID-19 that
are known at this time: the virus is new to the human population, it is
quite contagious and it seems to have more serious consequences based
upon two major factors – age & pre-existing conditions. The guidance
provided at this point to limit COVID-19 spread includes limiting
gatherings to 10 people or less and maintaining social distance (I have
read anywhere from 3 to 6 feet). These reasons were used as a basis for
the decision to close temporarily.
What is the current situation? As I type this Brunswick County has one
confirmed case, New Hanover has one presumptive case and Horry
County has five confirmed cases. The other surrounding counties (i.e.
Columbus, Bladenboro, Pender) have none (sources:
https://www.scdhec.gov/monitoring-testing-covid-19 ). The total cases
in the United States stands at 10,442 (source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html ) and this number is changing rapidly (for comparison, the number of confirmed cases one week ago was 1,697). There appears to be community spread in many areas (although not here, yet) and the idea behind social distancing is to limit the rate of spread so healthcare systems don’t become overwhelmed.
There is no doubt that human ingenuity and the human spirit will
conquer this virus but that will take time. We all need to take our
collective breaths and regroup. While the physical gym is closed, the
virtual gym will take off. We will be posting work out ideas, general
health advice, specific COVID-19 information and some comic relief on
a continual basis. We will contact our members to see how
everyone is getting along. During the gym closure, we will be working
behind the scenes so when the gym does reopen the facility will be better
than ever and our customers will have the utmost confidence in our
ability to serve them.
While my intention is to keep the gym closed for as short of duration as
possible, situations may dictate that the closure is longer. We are in
uncharted territory. The tale of this virus is yet to be told. The situation
will no doubt be changing. The quicker we all make behavior changes,
the quicker we can all get back to normal. So practice good hygiene,
limit your social contacts, keep exercising & get outside and enjoy the
sunshine (just do it alone or at a safe distance from others :)!
Thank you for your understanding. Cheers to Health & Happiness,