By now you will all have heard the recent new directives from the Prime Minister, National Cabinet and the Victorian State Government, to implement new Stage 1 restrictions through state and territory laws on social gatherings.
One of the key recommendations was the directive that a number of facilities, including gyms will be restricted from opening from midday AEST March 23, 2020.
Following that directive, it is with a heavy heart that I must announce that all Doherty’s Gyms will close immediately, until further notice.
21 years ago, when I opened Australia’s first 24:7 gym most people thought I was crazy. They said a gym that stays open for 24 hours, 7 days a week simply couldn’t work. I thought differently.
So much so that I threw the keys away. There are no keys to the front doors of Doherty’s gyms. When I said we would never close I meant it. It was a symbol of my commitment, and the commitment of everyone involved with the gym to you, our loyal members and guests that we would NEVER close.
However, what we are facing now is unprecedented. The COVID 19 Pandemic has swept the world and is affecting us all in ways we could have never imagined. Today I called in the locksmiths and had keys cut.
Some may have thought that I would have gone against this directive. Gone against the tide as I have with many other issues in the past. Although I am the first to know and understand the role that training and the gym plays in people’s lives, in the end, the decision was a simple one.
The gym has always been about one thing and one thing only. The members.
As such, our responsibility is to the safety of the members, the guests that train here and to our staff. We must do whatever we can to stop the spread of this invisible enemy to ensure we protect each other and those we love. What we are facing is bigger than all of us.
At this stage the Government will be reviewing the situation regularly. We will keep you updated through our website, emails and social media as best we can.
All direct debit customers will have their membership payments suspended immediately. If you pay upfront then the time we are closed will be added. Please be patient while we get this all sorted as we are doing our very best to work our way through it.
Lastly, a mantra of mine is to always focus on what you can do and not what you can’t do. This is more important now more than ever. I strongly urge you to keep moving and training. At home, in a park, or wherever you can.
It’s as important for your mental health as it is your physical well being. Stay connected with friends and family within the guidelines and most of all, look after yourself and each other.
I look forward to opening the doors again and welcoming back all the members that have become such an integral part of our lives here at Dohertys