LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Tens of thousands of people will have to find creative ways to stay in shape after gym chains LA Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness shut down all their clubs nationwide amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Patrons of LA Fitness exit the building as the gym closed due to health concerns over the coronavirus on March 16, 2020 in Austell, Georgia. (Getty Images)

In a statement on its website, Irvine-based LA Fitness said it was closing its nearly 700 clubs in the U.S. and Canada through at least April 1.

Meanwhile, 24 Hour Fitness also announced that effective at 12 a.m. Tuesday, its over 430 clubs would also be shuttered indefinitely.

Both companies said that during the closure, members would have their memberships extended to cover the time which the clubs were closed.

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The city of L.A. Sunday ordered all gyms, movie theaters and live performance venues to shut down, along with bars and nightclubs which do not serve food. Restaurants can only stay open for take-out and delivery orders.

On Monday, L.A. County followed suit with a similar order for its 88 cities and unincorporated communities. Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Glendale issued similar edicts.

There are now 94 confirmed coronavirus cases in L.A. County, including one death.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 — the disease caused by the coronavirus — is spread from person-to-person through close contact, usually within 6 feet, and mainly via respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. People are likely most contagious when they are most symptomatic. Coronavirus can also be spread by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your mouth, nose and eyes.

Comments (14)
  1. DCR says:

    I applaud this move, just one question. Fitness trainers are paid by the number of clients. How are they to pay bills and purchase food while this is going on?

    1. comunitaria1 says:

      YOur president is going to give us stimulus checks on APril 6 and May 18!

  2. Midwestern Countryboy says:

    The hysterical mentality on going these days is a huge over reaction. The economy is being crushed and it will take a very long to recover. I know people are dying, they are also dying from the regular flu and many other diseases. The closing of all gyms is overkill. Life is risky in itself. The reason for closing is to “lower the curve” of sick people. I understand that. But is the price to the economy about to be paid going to be worth the cost? I say, leave the gyms open and let the people decide to go or not.

    1. Peter Viengkham says:

      People choosing inaction by going about there day as though Sars-CoV-2 and the disease COVID-19 isn’t their concern is the prime reason why such drastic measures are being implied or enforced. Your ineptitude is part of the problem, not a solution…

      This is every ones problem and it seems like you’re not woke yet.


  3. Sal says:

    Midwestern Countryboy-if YOU were to be infected with the virus you or a loved one were to be infected with the virus you would be singing a different tune. “The economy is being crushed” if we don’t handle this, the economy be damned as we may potentially (according to CDC) lose millions of Americans to this.

  4. Julie says:

    The economy will be crushed worse if we don’t take these steps now before our healthcare system is overloaded. Geta clue and look at Italy. Let’s learn from others instead of being ignorant and making the same mistakes.

  5. grace says:

    I saw Gold’s Gym is freezing everyones accounts. i was wondering if LA fitness was doing the same.

  6. Ed says:

    LA Fitness has only communicated that ” memberships will be extended to cover the time closed”…. They have NOT stated that their Customers will not be charged, as per any existing contracts, OR that memberships were automatically being placed “on hold ” or “Frozen” which would stop them from capitalizing on this Global Health Pandemic , by continuing to charge Customers.

  7. Marshall says:

    This Covid-19 is a drag isn’t it! If we were logical beings we’d all stop the hording. I miss my local 24 Hour Fitness and staff. Fortunately I have gym gear in storage, and will be pulling it out and setting it up at home. Godspeed everyone everywhere!

  8. John says:

    LA Fitness will be freezing accounts as of April 1st. I just got charged by 24 Fitness on a membership I don’t have access to. 24 Hr. needs to freeze memberships

  9. Terry says:

    I called the 24 Hold line and they are not accepting calls at this time. May call my credit card company and cancel the autopay that way.

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