Peloton held out as long as it could before canceling live video classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fitness company announced Monday that it will discontinue livestreaming classes from its studios in New York and London after a New York employee tested positive for coronavirus last week. According to CNN, no classes were held at the New York studio over the weekend. Peloton originally planned on returning to live classes on Tuesday before making the decision to cancel.
The blog post, which came from Peloton cofounder and CEO John Foley, said that the pause in live production will go through April 30.
“We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves,” Foley’s post said. “In addition to the thousands of classes across 10 fitness disciplines available on-demand, we’ll continue to add new, pre-recorded content like our recently launched Fit Family Programming and Dance Cardio to continue to bring you the best workouts possible during this time.”
According to The Hill, a Peloton spokesperson emailed the company’s members Monday, saying that it believes its workout videos are essential for community wellbeing while much of the population is practicing social distancing. Members, who can purchase Peloton bikes and treadmills and pay a monthly subscription for live classes, will continue to have access to archive classes, which include disciplines like cycling, treadmill and strength.
“We had continued to operate our New York and Peloton studios in adherence with guidance provided by the local governments and public health authorities in both regions,” the spokesperson said.