As we’re sure you’re aware, yesterday Governor Andrew Cuomo made an announcement regarding the New York State mask requirements in light of the CDC’s recent recommendations on masking and social distancing requirements for fully vaccinated individuals.
We at Elevate have had to consider the implication this has on our business and our community. At this time we’ve determined that it is in the best interest of our staff and our members to follow the guidance and the CDC and to allow members of our community who are fully vaccinated to use our facilities without a mask if they so choose. Of course, the decision to continue using a mask will be completely up to each individual.
This will undoubtedly raise the question of how we will know which individuals have been vaccinated and which have not. We will be following the lead of major retailers such as Target, Walmart, and Trader Joes and operating on the honor system as there are still many unanswered questions about the potential legal consequences that attempt to “enforce” or “monitor” vaccination status may present to a business down the road.
We’re certain you understand that the past year has been a difficult one for many local businesses and we’ve been under tremendous pressure to make difficult decisions while doing our best to protect the business, our customers, and our staff. We hope our community will understand that this, and all decisions we make are not made lightly and are made with the best intentions and using the best information available to us.
We will be updating our in-club signage to reflect the new reality in the coming days. Keep in mind that as this situation is ever-changing, this policy is subject to change.
Effective Wednesday, May 19th, 2021, if you’ve been fully vaccinated you are not required to wear a mask in the clubs or classes. For clarification, being fully vaccinated means it has been at least two weeks since you received your full vaccination. For two-dose vaccinations like Pfizer and Moderna, this means two weeks after your second dose. For one dose vaccines like Johnson and Johnson, it would be two weeks after your single dose.
Members should continue to take extra care in cleaning their equipment. Additionally, we will continue to use the reservation systems currently in place.
Thank you for your continued support, understanding, patience, and kindness.
As a reminder, we have installed state-of-the-art REME Halo devices in both clubs that add a significant layer of protection to the air quality at Elevate. You can read more about that here.