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Covid-19 Updates


Increased Loan Limits for COVID-19 Business Relief

By Sarah Kolvas | April 2, 2021 |
COVID-19 business relief through EIDL

Small business owners will soon be able to borrow more COVID-19 business relief money through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.

CDC Reports Show COVID-19 Protocols Effective for Fitness Facilities

By Sarah Kolvas | March 5, 2021 |
CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety in fitness facilities

CDC reports show efficacy of safety practices in the fitness industry and provide recommendations to ensure COVID-19 safety in fitness facilities.

Youth Fitness Gets Boost During COVID-19

By Joy Keller | March 4, 2021 |
Youth fitness program

The Cooper Institute now offers a free online tool for youth fitness, The FitnessGram Playground, to improve kids’ physical fitness and mental well-being.

Join IDEA in Supporting the GYMS Act

By Sandy Todd Webster | February 19, 2021 |
GYMS Act to assist gyms, fitness studios and fitness professionals

The GYMS Act would provide assistance to gyms, fitness studios and fitness facilities that have struggled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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 IDEA Authors | 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 ... | 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 Whitehouse.gov 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 Whitehouse.gov 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.