(Facebook, Virgin Active)
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  • Virgin Active will be closing all its gyms at the end of Tuesday, and freezing all membership fees. 
  • This after President Ramaphosa ordered a lockdown of the country starting on Thursday to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus. 
  • Tenants at Virgin Active, including personal trainers, will also not have to pay rent during this time. 
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Virgin Active, the country’s largest gym chain, will be closing its over 140 gyms in South Africa at the end of Tuesday, and freezing all membership fees, after a national lockdown was announced.

President Cyril Ramaphosa ordered that South Africa be shut down, starting from midnight on Thursday in a bid to slow down the spread of coronavirus, or SARS-Cov-2, in the country. 

The lockdown will shut down most South African industries, aside from essential services in safety and security, food and distribution and telecommunications and electricity. 

All South Africans will be urged to stay at home and avoid physical contact during this time. 

Virgin Active told Business Insider South Africa that it supports the presidential decrees and will, therefore, close gyms, and freeze the total membership fees at no cost.

It said their tenants will not be required to pay rent for this period, which includes personal trainers. 

An app has furthermore been made available to their personal trainers at no cost to allow them to offer their clients virtual workouts. 

“We believe this to be an equitable solution despite our business receiving no subscription revenue during this period,” Virgin Active said. 

The gym chain has already introduced online workouts through its app to all members, and will be adding to publicly-available content daily.

“Our people remain the lifeblood and the future of our business, and we are working to ensure everyone is taken care of.”