For many downtown Toronto residents with shoebox-sized living spaces, the gym is more than a place to lift — it's like a second home. The kind of home where you can practice doing handstands without breaking any furniture!
This in mind, it's no surprise that people have been turning to Google incessantly over the past few months with queries about when Canada's largest fitness chain would reopen after closing March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I'm pleased to tell you that GoodLife Fitness will be reopening all of its locations in Toronto and Peel this Friday in line with the province's Stage 3 reopening framework.
"GoodLife is thrilled to announce that our clubs in Toronto and Peel Region will be re-opening on Friday, July 31," said Jason Sheridan, senior vice president of operations at GoodLife Fitness, in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
"We look forward to welcoming back our Members in these regions and showing them all of the careful preparation that has gone into reopening our clubs."
The fitness giant says that it will focus on three main areas while gradually reopening all of its clubs under the provincial government's direction: Ensuring physical distancing, reducing capacity levels in gyms, and enhancing its cleaning and sanitization practices.
New wayfinding signage and larger spaces between equipment, as well as mandatory online booking for gym visits, check off the first two points.
When it comes to cleaning, GoodLife is implementing a "30-minute Club Reset after each hour of Member activity" and adopting "a 'constantly cleaning' philosophy with a focus on using hospital-grade cleaning solutions on high-touch areas and surfaces, and a nightly deep clean and sanitization using electrostatic disinfectant sprayers.
Below are the GoodLife Fitness clubs that will be reopening in Ontario as of this Friday, July 31.
- Brampton Bramalea City Centre
- Brampton Gateway
- Brampton Kingspoint Plaza
- Brampton Mayfield And Bramalea
- Brampton Mclaughlin Corners West
- Brampton Woodhill
- Etobicoke Bloor Islington Place
- Etobicoke East Mall And Burnhamthorpe For Women
- Etobicoke West Metro Centre
- Mississauga Glen Erin And Eglinton For Women
- Mississauga Heartland Town Centre
- Mississauga Mavis And Dundas For Women
- Mississauga Meadowvale Town Centre
- Mississauga South Common Centre
- Mississauga Square One
- North York Don Mills And Eglinton For Women
- North York Dufferin And Finch
- North York Madison Centre
- North York Sheppard And Consumers
- North York Steeles And Woodbine
- North York Victoria Terrace
- North York Weston And 401 For Women
- North York Yonge And Finch
- North York York Mills Centre
- Scarborough Cedarbrae Mall
- Scarborough Kennedy And Lawrence
- Scarborough Kingston And Eglinton
- Scarborough Select And Markham
- Scarborough Town Centre For Women
- Toronto 137 Yonge Street
- Toronto Bell Trinity Centre
- Toronto Bloor And Bay
- Toronto Bloor And Park
- Toronto Coxwell And Gerrard
- Toronto Danforth And Pape
- Toronto Dunfield And Eglinton
- Toronto King Liberty
- Toronto Manulife Centre
- Toronto Mount Pleasant And Davisville
- Toronto Richmond And Bathurst
- Toronto Richmond And John
- Toronto Street For Women
- Toronto Union Station
- Toronto Wellington And York
- Toronto Yonge And St Clair
- Toronto Yonge Eglinton Centre
The gym chain had already reopened many of its Ontario locations on July 17 when 24 of the province's 34 public health regions moved into Stage 3.
Toronto has trailed behind a bit but fortunately, there will be no delay between when gyms can legally resume operations, and when we can all get back into our beloved fitness routines (or "resting between sets" and hogging machines for 20 minutes at a time while you scroll Instagram and creep on girls in crop tops. I see you. I loathe you.)
by Lauren O'Neil via blogTO