FitnessU at Strawberry Square, a gym that has served the Harrisburg, Pa., community for the past 12 years, has announced that it is closing permanently due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The announcement came via the club's website and Facebook page.
“We have greatly appreciated the opportunity to be your fitness family during the past 12 years,” the gym's announcement read, as reported by The Patriot-News of Harrisburg. “Unfortunately, due to the current situation and the ongoing uncertainty due to the Covid 19 pandemic, FitnessU will not be reopening and will close permanently as of Monday June 1st, 2020.
"We will be working to issue refunds to those members that were charged membership fees during the period that we have been closed, or prepaid for any fees and services."
The gym also emailed members with more information and encouraged them to contact the gym with questions.
The gym closed in March when Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf ordered that all non-essential businesses close due to COVID-19. Gyms in Dauphin County weren’t permitted to reopen until last Friday, when the county moved into the green phase.
FitnessU becomes the second independent gym in Central Pennsylvania to close permanently. Iron Fit Gym in Lititz announced last month that it was closing after six years of operation, stating "we have extended all our lines of credit and have no operating funds... the debt keeps growing, it's now at a point of no return."
FitnessU's last words in its announcement read simply, "Stay healthy."