Dr. Degnan's Message about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
*LAST UPDATED: 3/16/20*
It is with a heavy heart that we announce all acac locations will close at 4:00pm on Monday, March 16th. Please click here to read more.
May all of you remain diligent and safe during this outbreak and thank you for your continued support of our club and team. We value your continued patience and loyalty and remain hopeful for only a brief interruption in service.
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Dear Valued Members of the acac Fitness & Wellness community,
I wanted to write to you and personally thank you for placing your trust in acac as your fitness and wellness partner. You are part of a renowned fitness community of 13 club locations with 36 years of experience in the fitness industry. As such, your health and well-being are paramount to the entire acac team. In the current and rapidly changing environment with COVID-19, it is critical for us to approach health and wellness and the physical space we occupy smarter and consciously.
In early February, we assembled an Emergency Management Team comprised of our acac Medical Director and senior leaders. We have carefully monitored the guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local Health Departments in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. As a result, we have greatly enhanced our cleaning efforts, made necessary operational changes to protect our members and team, and have been diligently educating our communities on hygiene best practices to help prevent the spread of illness.
Many of you have encouraged us to remain open during this time, which is what we plan to do. In order to do that, we have taken extraordinary measures that I wanted to make clear to you. Below contains a comprehensive list of our precautionary measures to ensure the wellness of our community. We thank you for continuing to make fitness a priority in your life!
Founder and Owner, acac Fitness & Wellness
See below for operational changes acac is making to prevent the spread of illness in our clubs:
- All acac events with expected attendance of over 250 people have been suspended for 30 days.
- All acac Kids Zones will close effective Monday, March 16 in conjunction with local school system closures. This policy will vary per club so please follow your local or state school districts for their current operational status. Our Kids Zones will re-open on the same schedule as local school systems.
- All group exercise classes will run at 50% capacity or less in each club. This includes all formats such as mind body, aquatics and cycle classes. *NEW* Click here for on-demand fitness options as an alternative to in-person classes, exclusively for our acac members!
- Group exercise classes will run on a modified schedule. Members are encouraged to check the website daily for the latest class changes prior to visiting the club. Classes may be changed or cancelled on short notice.
- acac will be limiting the amount of cardio equipment available to allow for mandatory social distancing. Adjacent cardio machines will be unavailable for a period of time. Please follow the signage in the club to identify available pieces of equipment.
- acac is limiting the use of props in our group exercise classes and encouraging members to bring their own exercise mats.
- Any acac team members who have recently traveled to a country with a CDC Level 3 travel warning, traveled via mass transportation such as airplane, train or bus and/or attended events with a large number of attendees are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days for the health of our community.
- acac has modified the use of guest passes and trial memberships to limit the number of out of town guests traveling to our facilities. All guests entering the club must be “in town” (within a 25 mile radius of the club), and accompanied by an acac member. We are limiting the purchase of 30 days for $30 passes to in town guests only.
- All hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms will be unavailable for use until further notice to allow for mandatory social distancing.
See below for the enhanced cleaning measures acac is taking to prevent the spread of illness in our clubs:
- We have doubled the frequency of club cleanings, especially for “high touch” surfaces (doors, doorknobs, light switches, faucet handles, and exercise equipment).
- We have upgraded our cleaning agent to a hospital-grade, EPA registered disinfectant solution called Q.T. Plus.
- Additional sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer bottles have been placed throughout our facilities.
- Hand washing reminders have been placed in all acac locker rooms.
- At our locations with Aquatics Centers, acac lifeguards are checking the pool chemical balances more frequently than is our normal practice.
From acac Medical Director, Dr. Greg Degnan:
“In addition to enhancing club cleanliness and restricting club operations, there are many things that members can do to protect themselves, their families, and fellow acac members against the spread of COVID-19. Together we can all play an important part in ensuring the safety of our community. See below for CDC recommended best practices to limit the spread of infectious illness. Stay safe, and take care of each other!”
Dr. Greg Degnan
acac Medical Director
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water.
- Cover your cough & sneeze with a tissue. Throw it away and then wash your hands.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wipe down your equipment and other touched surfaces before & after each use.
- Stay home if you are aren’t feeling well or are showing signs of illness.
- Any members who have recently traveled to a country with a CDC Level 3 travel warning, traveled via mass transportation such as airplane, train or bus and/or attended events with a large number of attendees are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days for the health of our community.
- Keep your children home if they aren’t feeling well or are showing signs of illness.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
In addition to our proactive planning, we are continually monitoring this situation and remain in close contact with local, state, and national health officials. We will make adjustments as warranted to maintain the health and wellness of our community. Please check this blog post, or subscribe to our newsletter, to receive the latest communication regarding COVID-19.