GoodLife Fitness faces backlash over COVID-19 vaccine policy

Jul 17 2021, 12:16 pm

GoodLife Fitness has sparked controversy on social media after revealing that it won’t require staff or members to be vaccinated in Ontario.

The company announced its vaccination policy on July 12, four days ahead of Ontario’s move to Step 3 and the reopening of gyms in the province.

“At this time, we are not planning to require Associates or Members to be vaccinated to enter our locations,” GoodLife tweeted.

“For privacy reasons, GoodLife will not disclose information regarding any individual Associate’s vaccination status.”

The move was met with backlash, with many members stating they would cancel their GoodLife membership as a result.

Others pointed out that the “unhealthy measure” was in stark contrast to the gym’s name.

Despite the fallout, GoodLife noted that its vaccination policy is in line with that of Ontario’s government.

During a press conference on July 15, Premier Doug Ford said he opposed workplaces requiring proof of vaccination.

He noted, though, that the imposing such a measure would be up to private companies, not the province.

Ford said his government would also not be making vaccines mandatory, and would not be imposing a COVID-19 vaccine passport system.

“I’ve never believed in proof,” Ford said when asked about physical vaccine cards. “The answer is no. We aren’t going to do it. We aren’t going to have a split society.”

In May, a Toronto gym was faced with the opposite problem.

Sweat & Tonic, a spin, yoga, and HIIT workout studio, was forced to backtrack on its mandatory vaccination policy after customers claimed it was discriminatory.

The gym had originally said it would require staff and guests to be vaccinated in order to protects the health of both groups, but changed course after the announcement was met with criticism on social media.

“It was never our intention to force anyone to make medical decisions faster than they had planned,” Sweat & Tonic said. “This policy was never meant to be divisive.”

Daily Hive has reached out to GoodLife Fitness for more information and will update this story accordingly.

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