As we enter the second month of the closure of our clubhouse, I want to report to you what we are doing to sustain the Club through this challenging time.
Early in this COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) committed to following the guidelines and recommendations of global and local health authorities. We added hand sanitizing stations throughout the clubhouse, increased our cleaning efforts, and established rules to help our staff and members follow our health-focused initiatives. However, in late March we had to close the clubhouse on very short notice and furlough almost all of our employees due to the government stay at home orders.
Throughout April, our greatest focus was to ensure the health of our members, our employees, and the health of our community. Our HR department was extremely busy providing assistance to our employees to help them secure all available benefits, including the new federal unemployment insurance. At the same time, many of you generously donated to the members’ support fund for LAAC employees. We will be distributing the proceeds to our furloughed employees in early May. I know our employees feel very grateful to you for doing this. We sincerely appreciate and thank all of you who have expressed appreciation and support for LAAC’s efforts to keep our community safe and well.
As we move forward, LAAC Management and the Board of Governors are analyzing and participating in conversations about how to ensure the health of the Club itself. Currently, we are working on a multi-prong plan for the Club’s re-opening and will send out an outline of this program soon (the timing of re-opening will depend on the lifting of the government stay at home orders).
The financial impact of the pandemic and resulting stay at home orders on the LAAC have been substantial. As a result of the forced closure, we waived your membership dues for the month of April, in hopes we could reopen shortly. However, membership dues are the lifeblood of the Club and the key to our survival as the crisis continues. Dues are not a payment-for-service; they help cover the very significant costs of maintaining the capital infrastructure of our clubhouse – things like taxes and permits, construction financing, insurance, security and utilities, as well as employee benefits. Although we are doing everything we can think of to reduce costs, there
are many financial obligations that cannot be avoided. And we are using the closure as an opportunity to complete some needed work in the clubhouse that would otherwise require us to limit operations. You will notice the results when we reopen. Please check out some video updates From The Club.
The current stay at home orders are in effect until June 12th. While we don’t know if and when the orders may be extended, the decision has been made to reduce your monthly dues by two- thirds for the month of May. I hope that you can pay these modest dues to support the Club. This will afford members further relief while helping the Club sustain itself and prepare for re-opening. Your discounted May dues will appear on your April statement coming out in the next few days. Also, locker fees and other monthly services fees will continue to be waived.
- If you are willing to contribute your full monthly dues amount log into mylaac.com, click Account, select May Dues Preference by Friday, May 15th.
- If you are in a position of genuine hardship and unable to pay the one-third dues, log into mylaac.com, click Account, select May Dues Preference to opt out by Friday, May 15th.
- To receive the one-third dues charge, no further steps are needed.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times and will continue to update you on our reopening plans as they are announced through email and on Instagram (@losangelesathleticclub). You can also reach us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
In gratitude and great health,
Dear valued LAAC members,
The landscape regarding the seriousness and urgency around the COVID-19 virus is rapidly changing, as are the government mandates around how to keep ourselves and our community healthy. Yesterday evening, the Governor, L.A. County and Mayor Garcetti issued sweeping new orders embodying the principle “safer at home.”
The mission of the The Los Angeles Athletic Club is the lifelong pursuit of health giving amusements. That remains the guiding principle as Club management plots our way through this crisis. And it is in the interest of health that the decision has been made to suspend clubhouse operations effective immediately.
The clubhouse is closing temporarily; however, our aim now is to keep the LAAC member community intact. Effective April 1, 2020 we will waive all dues charges for the month of April. Please note:
- You will receive a statement reflecting NO dues for April.
- Any charges that you made in March will still show up on your April statement.
- Any membership hold requests will be reviewed when we re-open. If you made a hold request the $50 fee will not apply.
- Because of the nature of this emergency, we will not be able to field phone calls, but we will do our best to respond to emails directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Without members, there is no Club. We are taking these steps recognizing the critical role members play in the survival of the LAAC. We appreciate how everyone has been patient and supportive as we have adjusted to the situation as best we could. Past members and staff who weathered other difficult times are leading us now. Their actions during past crises enabled us to be here today. Their spirit can inspire all of us now to focus on our health, our families and our community. We will get through this together.
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We want you to know that The Los Angeles Athletic Club is being proactive to address concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
We are implementing procedures based on advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will increase the frequency of our cleaning of hard surfaces beyond our normal routines, particularly points of common contact like doorknobs and light switches.
Teamwork is a Club core value and we encourage all members and staff to follow these tips to help keep yourself and others healthy:
- Stay home when you are feeling ill.
- COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you experience these symptoms.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water for AT LEAST 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before meals; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Use alcohol based hand sanitizer after touching high contact surfaces and when soap and water aren’t available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Use the disinfectant wipes available in the Club’s athletic areas to wipe down machines and equipment after each use.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
Thank you for your assistance in adhering to these very important guidelines.
Maintaining health is the foundation of our Club’s culture.
And at this challenging time, we’ll need everyone’s help to do that.
You can learn more facts about the Coronavirus on the CDC website: