Do you have a response plan to the coronavirus?
On March 10, Case Belcher of Four Barrel Fitness — with two locations in Indiana and Kentucky — sent out an email to his members concerning the COVID-19 outbreak. It was inspired by a message he received from Two Brain Business earlier that day.
|The health and safety of our participants is our top priority. |
Therefore, as we all consume information across a wide range of outlets including the media, vendors and social media channels, it is vital for all of us to remain aware and responsive to the ever-changing status of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Rest assured, we are in contact with health officials and others in our industry and we continue to monitor the situation. We will rely upon the Indiana State Department of Health, the Kentucky Department of Public Health, and other state agencies, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the WHO for guidance.
At this time, there are no actions currently suggested for our operations and we look forward to seeing you! However, as recommended by the World Health Organization, we ask that you “stay home if you feel unwell … and follow the directions of your local health authority.”
We encourage you to seek guidance from health agencies for up-to-date information:
The Indiana State Department of Health page
The Kentucky Department of Public Health page
The latest updates from the WHO on the virus
The WHO’s recommendations for the public to reduce exposure
A live-tracker of the spread of the disease from Johns Hopkins University.
We strive to keep a clean and sanitized facility, and we will continue to do everything in our power to help prevent the spread of the virus.
We feel that healthy individuals are not at a huge risk; however, we want to be cognizant of everyone’s loved ones.
Founder, Four Barrel Fitness & Nutrition
Before sending the above to members, Belcher also emailed his staff, letting them know about the information he had received. On top of emailing clients, they are also hanging up printouts of the email, and they are posting flyers on handwashing and how to stop the spreading of germs as suggested by Two Brain’s blog. Plus, in each class Coaches will huddle up the members and ask them to wash hands on arrival, wipe up the floor, sanitize all equipment after use and stay home if they are ill.
Belcher hopes the coronavirus blows over of course, but in the meantime, he said the most important thing for any Box owner is to show clients you are aware. “My advice to other Affiliates is not to be an alarmist, but to show people you’re taking action,” he said.
Looking for more information on the coronavirus? Check out the Morning Chalk Up’s recent write-up on Affiliate responses around the world.