Governor Evers issued a statement informing us that all non-essential businesses will have to close as of Tuesday, March 24th. While we like to think that the work our members do at the club is #essential, we understand the need for this decision and believe that we will get through this pandemic successfully if we do the right thing as a community now. With that being said, Western will continue to remain closed at this time and we will await guidance about when we can reopen.
Even though there are significant hurdles that we face when following this directive, we are immensely grateful to be part of such an amazing family of members and staff members that have loyally supported Western for years. As a business, over the course of the last week, we have been preparing ourselves to weather the sudden and complete loss of revenue.
As mentioned in the previous communication, the expense we are most concerned with is payroll. We have over 115 incredibly valuable team members who are dependent on their employment at the club to support themselves and provide for their families. Furthermore, our goal is to be able to reopen with the same level of service to our members.
In exploring our options to continue to pay staff, we have a proposal that we hope our members find acceptable. We would like to bill for dues in April, while simultaneously issuing the first of a series of rebates which ultimately will total the dues for the time the club has been closed. The credit you will see in the April billing will be for half of March's dues total. This lifeline from you will help us "flatten the curve" of our cash flow deficit, continue to pay staff to the best of our ability through this closure and be ready to reopen the doors with the same service and amenities to which you've grown accustomed. If you would want to discuss any aspect of your account, specifically, please email us and a club representative will be in touch.
Please continue reading to get information about some of the virtual fitness options we have available for you right now and some of the new options we have in the works, plus view our new social media calendar and see what some of our staff members are up to at home!