Spin Society and SoulCycle have announced they will continue operations amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, although both companies have introduced a number of precautionary measures.
In an email, Spin Society said they’re “taking every measure to meticulously clean and disinfect all studios, equipment, and common areas” between sessions.
The company says that staff uses “hospital-grade disinfectant wipes to thoroughly clean the bikes” and are “paying extra attention to disinfecting all high-touch areas” such as countertops, door handles, railings, and locker handles.
They will not, however, close their studios until they are “instructed to do so.”
“We will not close the studios and turn riders away until we are instructed to do so by governing bodies,” says Dominik Desbois, CEO and founder of Spin Society. “We are monitoring this closely and will keep our community informed.”
Any staff or instructors who have travelled outside of Canada recently have also been asked to implement a 14-day self-quarantine.
SoulCycle is taking a different approach and has announced that “with the health of their riders and staff in mind,” they’ll be limiting the number of people in their studios at a given time.
Starting Friday, only odd-numbered bikes will be available to book, meaning that class sizes will be reduced by approximately 50%. Anyone that has an even-numbered bike and a booking before Monday, March 16, 2020, will either be moved to a different bike or placed on a waitlist.
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Changes have also been made to SoulCycle’s sign-in process, and the weight series has been removed from all classes. Additionally, high-contact items such as hair ties, earplugs, and gum have been removed from the studios.
SoulCycle assures riders that they use an EPA-approved solution for all cleaning and says that alcohol-based hand sanitizer and wipes are available for riders at the front desk and around the studio.
“We will continue to follow updates and protocol suggested by the CDC, Department of Public Health, and other credible agencies to best ensure the safety of our riders.”
With coronavirus on the rise, the BC Ministry of Health is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.