Peloton has introduced that it’ll cease producing and airing live biking and operating classes till April 30th after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 late final week. The firm initially deliberate to reopen its studios on Tuesday, April seventh, taking the weekend to deep clear its services.
“We have decided to pause live production at both our New York and London studios through Thursday, April 30th. In the interim, we will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves,” the corporate wrote in a message to members on its official Facebook group. In the live classes’ place, the corporate will air pre-recorded classes as an “Encore” session that permits members to take a category throughout a selected time of the day and nonetheless race different members on a digital leaderboard. “These previously recorded classes offer a fresh Leaderboard to recreate a live experience — and you may even see your Instructors joining to retake some of their favorite classes.”
After the state of New York ordered nonessential companies to shut in mid-March, Peloton continued broadcasting live classes with a “skeleton crew” of simply the trainer, manufacturing assistant, and cleansing member by means of the tip of final week. (The firm stated it had gotten approval to proceed working as an important enterprise.) The determination to host live classes had been met with combined reactions by Peloton members. While some say they admire having live content material to work out to whereas they’re caught at dwelling, others have urged the corporate to cease filming solely to guard the well being of workers.
In addition to pausing live classes till the tip of April, Peloton additionally introduced that it might pledge $1 million to cowl two months of content material subscription — a $78 worth, plus tax — for those that have bother paying the financing on their Peloton bike or treadmill. Those who’ve skilled sudden monetary hardship can apply to have their subscription charges waived here, although the corporate says protection will not be assured.