In an unprecedented move, we’ve just received word from numerous gyms in Hoboken that they have been called by the Hoboken OEM and told to close their doors for “at least one week,” according to sources. This is in direct response to the COVID-19 outbreak and two reported cases of COVID-19 — one in Hoboken and one in Jersey City.
What We Know
A reader first reached out to us via Instagram to share the news that her gym, Planet Fitness, would be closing at 12 noon for at least one week due. She stated that the employee at the front desk had just told her that “every single fitness facility in Hoboken is being told to close.”
We reached out to Planet Fitness to confirm the story, and an employee shared with us they would be closing as of Saturday, March 14th at 12:00PM.
He also that all gyms, including Retro Fitness, Planet Fitness, NYSC, and Crunch have been told to close for at least one week. The employee went on to say, “This directive came directly from a police sergeant who told us that they were reaching out to all gyms to close their doors for a week as this virus continues to spread.”
We reached out to the local authorities to confirm.
Directly from the head of OEM, Sergeant William Montanez, “The order hereby orders all: gyms, health clubs, recreation centers, movie theaters, daycare centers and day camps to close effective immediately. This order shall remain in effect until lifted by written order.”
We spoke with Montanez directly, and he said, “this includes all gyms large and small. It’s a State of Emergency, and we need to make sure all people are taking precautions of social distancing seriously.”
We will update this story as we have more information.
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