Peloton finally cancels live classes after employee gets coronavirus
After continuing to film live classes despite member protests, Peloton has finally announced it will cease production after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
The exercise bike and fitness video company reportedly received approval to continue broadcasting live workout classes even after all nonessential New York businesses were ordered closed.
Last week, an NYC employee tested positive for the coronavirus and Peloton responded by closing studios for a weekend deep-clean. In a Facebook message to members, the company said it was planning to begin production again Tuesday with “a skeleton crew.”
However, that plan has now been scrapped, with the company shuttering at least until the end of the month, subscribers learned in an email.
“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 company wrote, according to the Verge.
All those who had come in contact with the employee are now in quarantine, Peloton noted, and the employee is self-isolating.
Instead of live classes, Peloton will begin screening prerecorded “Encore” classes where members can still race each other on a virtual scoreboard, a key attribute of the high-tech exercise equipment. “These previously recorded classes offer a fresh Leaderboard to re-create a live experience — and you may even see your instructors joining to retake some of their favorite classes,” the company said.
Many subscribers have long been begging Peloton to follow in the steps of the many fitness companies which halted live class production mid-March, the Verge reports. “Just f - - king stop. This is ridiculous. You’re at ground zero. There is no way to keep them safe,” one member begged on Peloton’s member Facebook page.
In early March, the peddler of pricey bikes and treadmills banned selfies with instructors in response to the coronavirus fears.
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