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COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Updated information and resources from IDEA

Covid-19 Updates


Reopening Guidelines from California Fitness Alliance (Updated 7/1/2020)

By Sandy Todd Webster | June 11, 2020 |
Guidelines for opening fitness facilities during COVID-19

Most clubs and studios in North America have either already reopened or are getting ready to do so. If you are planning your return-to-work path either as an owner, manager, independent contractor or employee, you know it’s both exciting to get back to the work you love and daunting with so many unknowns.

The California Fitness Alliance has worked tirelessly to create a comprehensive document “COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Fitness Facilities” that was recently approved by the California Governor’s office, the California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA to provide guidance for fitness facilities to support a safe, clean environment for workers.

Update on PPP: The Rules Have Changed—For the Better

By Sandy Todd Webster | June 11, 2020 |
Payment Protection Plan

First there was the proverbial “pivot” to virtual, then the scramble and stress of applying for relief funding from the Small Business Administration’s Payment Protection Program (rounds 1 and 2). If you were among the fortunate who received funding, the next leap was wrapping your head around the details for proper use and tracking of the money.

IDEA® World Virtual Is Coming to You! – Aug. 21-22, 2020

By Sandy Todd Webster | June 8, 2020 |
IDEA World Virtual

After planning the 2020 IDEA® World Convention for a year and then seeing the early weeks of the pandemic wreak havoc with those plans, the unflappable IDEA events team quickly adapted to the inevitable and started creating IDEA World Virtual.

Help support the California Fitness Alliance

By Philip Malavenda | May 28, 2020 |

Join the California Fitness Alliance to fight for fitness. If you work for a gym, club, studio, boutique, on your own, are a fitness industry supplier, or you just love fitness – have your voice heard. Join today! It’s free During the COVID19 crisis, the California Fitness Alliance has three primary objectives: REOPENING – Partner…

Fitness and “White House Guidelines for Opening up America Again”

By No Author | April 20, 2020 |
Facility cleanliness during COVID-19 and coronavirus

Last week President Donald Trump and the White House coronavirus task force unveiled their “Guidelines for Opening Up America Again,” a three-phased approach that says “will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work and continuing to protect American lives.” Significantly, gyms were included to reopen in Phase One, provided “they adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols.” It was not clear from the announcement or what those protocols entailed.

CRITICAL INFORMATION for Fitness Business Owners and Contractors/Self-Employed

By Sandy Todd Webster | April 2, 2020 |
Payment relief for fit pros

In case you have not followed news of the Payment Protection Program and the federal loan dollars available to fitness business owners, contractors and self-employed professionals, the following information is essential to understand and act upon immediately.

The Editor Cooks: Greens & Beans

By Sandy Todd Webster | March 24, 2020 |
Greens and beans

Need a quick-and-easy recipe to add to your COVID-19 shelter-at-home cooking repertoire? Try this take on greens and beans. You likely have everything you need in your pantry and may only need to source a dark leafy green for the fresh part.

COVID-19 Relief Legislation: ACE urges policymakers to not leave independent contract

By IDEA Authors | March 22, 2020 |

In response to the impact that COVID-19 is having on the businesses of certified health coaches and exercise professionals, the American Council on Exercise published this statement urging policymakers to expand its relief legislation to support the industry: STATEMENT RELEASED March 20, 2020 American Council On Exercise commends the U.S. Congress and state legislatures for…

IDEA Insurance for virtual training & online video instruction

By IDEA Authors | March 21, 2020 |

The Coronavirus crisis is demanding that most professions work and communicate virtually for our own health and safety. Did you know that IDEA Liability Insurance (which you may already have) covers both virtual training and online video instruction for fitness pros? Virtual training in fitness is here to stay and likely will be an added…

IHRSA Implores Congress to Include Fitness Industry In Stimulus (updated 3/25/20)

By No Author | March 19, 2020 |

Updated story: 3/25/2020   ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- 3/19/20 Hi Fitness Industry friends, Please excuse this mass email. I am simply attempting to communicate in the quickest way possible. Congress is currently debating a stimulus package to get money into affected people’s hands. IHRSA and our lobbyists are on this, so please let your audience know that…