FAQ’s: Frequently Asked Questions and Best Practices to Create a Safe Environment for Members and Our Team of Employees
Q. Will we receive a credit for the payment we made for the March 15th billing since the Center was closed on March 16th?
A. Yes, a credit was placed on your fitness center account. That credit will be applied on the next billing date once the Center is opened and operating.
Q. Is my membership being billed while the Center is closed?
A. No, all accounts are not being billed during the shutdown.
Q. Should I freeze my membership while the Center is closed?
A. While the Center has been temporarily closed, your membership has remained frozen at no additional charge. Once we reopen the Center, your account will be reactivated. As we’ve prepared for your return, we have put into place our Pledge of Protection to ensure confidence about resuming your exercise program safely. If you prefer, we will have at-home options for Group Fitness classes and training as long as your membership remains active.
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Q. I was billed for 3/15/2020 after I froze my account. Why?
A. Our billing takes a few days to process. If you sent your freeze request after the 3/15 billing cycle was already sent into processing, the billing could not be stopped. The dues for 3/15 will be applied to your first month back at the Center.
For example: Account was frozen on 3/14 for 3/15-4/15. Dues billing was “processed” on 3/12 so the dues went through on 3/15. The account will be considered frozen 3/15 – 4/15. The dues that were billed will be applied to the first month the Center is reopened.
Q. Will the maintenance fee charge be postponed since the Center is closed?
A. Yes. The maintenance fees had already been processed for March 15; however, no additional maintenance fees will be charged during the shutdown.
Q. Will members be contacted when the Center reopens before billing their accounts?
A. We will notify members as soon as we know we are opening and provide notice of billing through an eblast, on social media, and on our Movofit app. Please make sure we have your correct email address on file. If you would like to update your email address, please send your request to: email@example.com
Q. If I paid for a one-year membership in advance, will my time be extended for the time the Center is closed?
A. If you paid for a year in advance, your time will be extended by the length of time Center is closed.
Safety & Protection
Q. Should members and employees wear gloves?
A. While gloves are optional, we recommend following the CDC guidelines which is to wear gloves when you are cleaning or caring for someone who is sick. It is best for members and employees to concentrate on vigorously washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after workouts rather than wearing gloves throughout the facility. Our team of employees will wear gloves when they are cleaning.
Q. How will the new policies and procedures be enforced in the Center?
A. Our staff will be trained to act as “Physical Distancing Ambassadors.” They will hold members accountable for all member policies, procedures, rules, and regulations. They will help maintain safe distancing parameters and will assist with cleaning on the Fitness Floor. The Ambassadors will also correct any member behavior that is in violation of established member policies.
Q. How will distancing guidelines be maintained in the Center?
A. You will notice many measures in place to achieve the advised physical distancing. We have arranged the Fitness Floor to facilitate physical distancing—which required reducing the available cardio equipment for use. Select pieces of cardio equipment have been unplugged and clearly marked to facilitate distancing. Some additional spacing has been provided where needed in the strength training area. Floor markings have been placed in the studios and throughout the facility. Locker rooms have signage and some lockers have been placed out-of-service. Throughout the entire Center there is signage on the walls and floors to remind everyone to practice safe physical distancing.
Q. What are the hours of operation once the Center is able to open?
A. In order to promote a clean and sanitary facility, we have temporarily modified our operating hours. Our initial operating hours will be:
- Monday–Thursday: 5:00am–10:00pm
- Friday: 5:00am–9:00pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am–5:00pm
Q. Are the locker rooms open?
A. The locker rooms will be open for restrooms and sink usage. The number of lockers available will be limited to achieve adequate physical distancing. Members are asked to abide by the physical distancing markers and respect the space of other members. If a member is using a locker, please wait until they leave the area or step aside before trying to use a locker nearby. Please use a disinfectant wipe before and after occupying a locker. Housekeeping will also be sanitizing the lockers throughout the course of the day.
Q. Will the wet areas in the locker rooms be open?
A. We await guidance from the State of New Jersey on whether we can open shower facilities, steam, and sauna. Once opened, these areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day.
Q. Will drinking fountains be available?
A. Members are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to the Center. The water fountains will be temporarily unavailable for sanitary reasons.
Q. Will Group Fitness classes be available when you open?
A. As long as the State guidelines permit us to open with Group Fitness classes, we plan to begin with a modified schedule. This will ensure enough time in between classes for cleaning and studio reset, and to ensure that members are not crossing paths with other members. As we get closer to opening please reference the Movofit app or our website for an updated class schedule. See below for information on new virtual class options.
Q. Will there be a limit to the number of people permitted in a Group Fitness class?
A. Yes. To ensure physical distancing and prevent overcrowding, there will be a limited capacity for all Group Fitness classes. The appropriate number will depend on the studio and the type of class.
Q. How do I reserve a spot in my favorite class if the participants are limited?
A. All classes will require reservations. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. You will be able to book a spot 48 hours in advance. You will simply book through the class schedule on the website or log into EmpowerM.E. If you find that you cannot attend the class, you must cancel within two (2) hours of the class or you will be charged a $5 no-show fee on your membership account. If you are at the Center and a class is scheduled to begin and it is not full, you may join the class with the instructor’s permission. If you are unable to participate in person because the class is full you may choose to participate virtually. More details on virtual programming below.
Q. Can I bring my own equipment?
A. We have developed very strict disinfecting and sanitizing protocols for Group Fitness mats and supplies, following the conclusion of each class. If you are more comfortable bringing your own supplies, you certainly may. If you do bring your own supplies, we must caution you that all items must be disinfected before and after use, and please do not leave them unattended at any time.
Q. Will there be any restrictions on studio access?
A. Studios will not be accessible for use in between classes. Studio doors will open 10 minutes before the start of class. Participants will be requested to stand on the distancing markers set on the floor and check-in with the instructor to ensure attendance is confirmed. Post-class we request all participants to promptly exit the studio so we can begin our cleaning protocols and studio reset.
Q. What is virtual programming and what services will be available?
A. Virtual programming is an at-home solution that will help you continue to lead a healthy lifestyle and stay engaged with your Center family all in the comfort of your home. We will offer a wide variety of Group Fitness class favorites virtually. We will also provide a dashboard for on-demand Group Fitness options you can access, exclusive to members only. Once the Center reopens, to participate in virtual programming you must have an active membership and must register for the class.
Q. How can I access virtual programming options?
A. You will be able to sign-up for programing through the Center website and will be required to log in. Once you register for a virtual program you will receive an invite. There will be more information on virtual fitness coming soon.
Q. Will Childcare be provided when you reopen?
A. We know how important our Childcare services are to so many of the families we serve. While our Childcare services will not be available right away, we are eager to bring it back as soon as possible. Once we reopen Childcare we will follow strict cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and we will operate by reservations to adhere to physical distancing guidelines.
Q. Will I be able to schedule an assessment with the nurse when you reopen?
A. Our assessment schedule with the nurse will be temporarily suspended until we can have a safe physical interaction and deliver a valuable assessment for your health and wellness needs. We will communicate with members when nurse assessments resume.
Q. Will I be able to meet with a trainer to receive a fitness orientation and exercise prescription/plan?
A. Yes. You will be able to meet with a trainer to complete your exercise orientation and prescription. Our trainers will wear masks at all times and will adhere to safe physical distancing guidelines while completing this service.
Q. Will I be able to purchase and/or use Personal Training sessions?
A. We are prepared to offer both in-person as well as virtual personal training. Our trainers are ready to provide this service while practicing safe physical distancing. Please feel free to contact our Personal Training Manager if you are interested in personal training once we reopen or buy/book a session online through the EmpowerM.E. portal once the trainer inputs his/her schedule.
Q. Will my monthly Personal Training plan still be billed?
A. All billing for Personal Training programs are suspended during shutdown.
Q. Will clients with Personal Training sessions set to expire be provided an extension?
A. Yes. We will extend the expiration date equivalent to the amount of time the Center is closed.
Q. As I wait for the reopening, what exercises can I be doing outside of the fitness center to keep up my fitness level?
A. Visit https://try.rwjfitandwell.com/at-home/ for at home workout options.
Q. Will the pools be open when you reopen?
A. The lap and therapy pools will be open. Everyone must wear a mask when entering the Aquatics Center and while on the pool deck. Masks should not be worn in the water, as this is a drowning hazard. The CDC has declared swimming pools to be safe. Members and swim clients will need to make a reservation before heading to the Aquatics Center, as space is limited due to physical distancing requirements. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. You will be able to book a lap pool lane or a visit to the therapy pool 48 hours in advance. You will be able to make a reservation through Empower M.E. If you find that you cannot attend, you must cancel within two (2) hours of your reservation or you will be charged a $15 no-show fee on your membership account. If you are at the Center and a lane or a spot in the therapy pool is available because it was not reserved or there was a cancellation, you may use the lane or the spot with the lifeguard’s permission, but only for the amount of time it is not reserved.
Q. Will swim package expiration dates be extended?
A. Yes. We will extend the expiration date for all swim packages equivalent to the amount of time we are closed.
Q. Will we be able to get our previous swim lesson time slots with our swim instructors or do we have to schedule again?
A. We hope to continue with the same schedules. Instructors will reach out once we are cleared to open and resume lessons.
Q. Swim team/comp stroke/parent child/group classes – will there be an extension?
A. Yes. We will extend the sessions for the equivalent amount of time the Center is closed.
Q. Will we still be able to attend family swim on the weekends?
A. We know how much our members enjoy family swim on the weekends. While we are directed to limit recreational activities in the pool for now, we are eager to bring back this amenity as soon as possible.
Note from Center Management:
We hope you find these FAQ’s helpful. Please check back for regular updates as we continue to receive additional guidance from the state. The health and well-being of our members and employees remain our top priority. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. Your continued commitment to your health is so appreciated. We look forward to seeing you back in the Center soon.
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