Fitness studios open again – but I have to continue to pay my contribution?

A good news for the nearly twelve million customers: After a week-long closures are opened, the fitness studios in many places again. However, the offer is due to official requirements is severely limited. An expert reveals in the Interview, whether or not members must still pay full.

The fitness studios are – with the exception of the Federal state of Bavaria re – opened. However, the visit is designed differently from the Corona-pandemic-in showers or swimming pools may not be used, for example, also the saunas to stay.

If you do not get the contractually agreed services, do not need to pay the full price – says Jennifer Kaiser of the consumer Rhineland-Palatinate. In this Interview, she explains what the rights of members of fitness studios now.

Fitness studios do not currently offer their full program – should members expect a discount?

Kaiser: It always comes out to, what is in your contract. There are very different ways: one Of them has a contract on Training on the devices, the other can also to courses and the next has a All-inclusive agreement, in the case of the Sauna and swimming pool may be used

Who now can’t use due to the requirements some of the offerings such as the Sauna or courses, do not need to pay for it, in our view, also. Because it is a so-called partial impossibility of performance is. This means that the gym can not offer part of the services. But it can ask for no contributions.

"If half of the supply is eliminated, you must also only half zahlen"

How should members of fitness studios approach?

Emperor: it is best, with the Studio operator to talk to. Many of the customers and offer, for example, vouchers or reduce the contributions. Some of the cross-however, there are also. In this case, you should calculate yourself how much you can shorten the post. If, for example, half of the offer is eliminated, you have to pay half of the contribution.

You should be the provider in writing – by registered letter – tell. You have set up a standing order, it must be amended accordingly. If a direct debit has been granted to enter, you can call this and transfer the contribution.

Members can terminate their contract now complete?

Emperor: A special right of termination in this case not, because there is no legal basis. And also a extraordinary termination is not right here. This would only be possible if the continuation of the contract would be unreasonable. Since, however, the Studio operator is not responsible for the Situation, because it is just due to the pandemic, this is a possibility.

If you want to terminate, you must keep to the agreed deadlines. Important: The contract does not automatically extend the time during which it was closed the Studio. This is only the case if the has been agreed.

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These hygiene measures must be observed in the fitness Studio

The employers Association of German Fitness and health equipment (DSSV) has written hygiene requirements for each state. These include, among others, the following measures:

  • After Entering the gym, the hands must be washed or disinfected
  • Customers and Employees with symptoms of respiratory infection have no access to the fitness Studio
  • Collective changing rooms and showers are under observance of the Minimum distance of 1.5 meters allowed
  • Due to the aerosol load, high-intensity endurance training such as Indoor Cycling, HIIT and anaerobic threshold training is prohibited
  • All sports equipment after use and disinfect
  • When Training always have a towel under
  • In the Studio is taken care of at the devices to ensure that minimum clearances are adhered to
  • All of the used business facilities must be sufficiently ventilated
  • Employees must wear all of the rooms in a mouth-nose cover


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