Dear CrossFit Merced Members:

As the world experiences something we’ve never been through before, it is of the utmost importance for us, as people you trust with your health and your fitness, to lead well. For the last week, we (Matt and Anthony) have wrestled with what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. We have put forth every precaution we can, and are keeping up to date – even the hour – with developments and information about COVID-19.

The time has come that we have dreaded. It may cost us money. Honestly, it may cost us the business. But we value you and our community too much to put anyone at further risk.  We have decided to close CrossFit Merced for the next week in order to promote social distancing and to prevent the spread of this virus.

While we might end up being wrong about this, we are making the best judgment call that we can based on our understanding of our responsibility. We absolutely acknowledge the uncertainty of our decision. However, two months from now we would rather be wrong being be overly cautious than wrong being ignorant.

This is a fluid situation; we will continue to assess the status of of the COVID-19 epidemic and make decisions accordingly.  If, a week from now, it turns out we’ve found a cure and this pandemic has ended – wonderful. We will gladly and happily open back up. In the meantime we will be posting workouts you can do in your garage and backyard. We encourage social distancing for the foreseeable future.

We ask, if it is possible for you, to please not cancel or pause your membership.  We hope that you trust that this is not about us making money in this situation.  Rather, it is about being able to continue to open our doors and serve our members when it is time to open back up and re-start our regular program. We still have bills to pay (including payroll). CrossFit Merced has been a home away from home for many of us, and an important part of our lives. We are looking forward to the time we can be back to normal.

In regard to your workouts, we are following the lead of one of the world’s best fitness groups, NC FIT, which is based out of the bay area.  NC FIT is also closing their facilities and posting daily at-home workouts. Here is the link to see each day’s workout.  Also, in exchange for your continued loyalty, we will be “leasing” equipment to you at no additional cost for you to use in your workouts at home.  Equipment will be allocated to members on a first-come-first-served basis and will be limited to a single piece of the following: Kettlebells, Dumbbells, jump ropes, med balls, and boxes.  We will have a coach at CFM to distribute in the morning and afternoon tomorrow and Wednesday.  In the meantime, contact us if you’d like to borrow something and we can arrange it.

Take care of yourselves. Take care of your families. Take care of the most vulnerable who are at the most risk. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

2 thoughts on “CROSSFIT MERCED COVID-19 UPDATE 3/16/20

  1. Matt & Anthony…Good Job making an incredibly difficult decision. We won’t know if it’s the right decision for a while, most likely. But it’s nice to know that you made the decision for the right reasons and with the right motives. I applaud you for that.

    I, for one, will keep paying my membership. I realize everyone’s financial situation is different and people are having their hours and income cut. However, I hope that those amongst us who are in a position to support you (and other local businesses) financially through this crisis will consider doing the same.

    Beyond being a great place to work out, CFM has always been beyond supportive of the community they’ve built. We will eventually get through this and I hope we still have a community as wonderful as CrossFit Merced to workout with when we do.

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