COVID-19 & EBC
East Bank Club Is Temporarily Closed through April 30.
In accordance with directives from Governor Pritzker, the Club is temporarily closed through April 30.
The Club opened on December 15, 1980, and this is the first time we’ve been closed for a day, let alone for a few weeks. For many of our members, the Club is a home away from home, a place to de-stress, see friends and be healthy. This will be the longest period most members will have gone without visiting the Club.
We are committed to the health and well-being of our entire EBC community of members and staff during this time. Our incredible team of employees is the heart of our organization, and every decision we make is with their best interest in mind.
Since our closure on March 17, we continued to pay our employees while they were asked to stay home through March 31. This has proven to be the most effective way to support our team while the federal government determined additional ways to support the labor force effected by COVID-19.
Much has unfolded since the Club temporarily closed on March 17. The impact of COVID-19 has expanded, and there is a great amount of uncertainty about how long our industry will be affected by the pandemic. As you probably are aware, President Trump has extended the social distancing guidelines through April 30, and based on this, we recognize that the Club will not reopen until after that date. We now also have new details about the recent federal stimulus package that greatly increases unemployment benefits. For these reasons, we have decided for the best interest of our team and the health and longevity of our business that most employees will be furloughed effective April 1 until the reopening of the Club becomes clear. Our executive team is also taking a substantial salary cut during this period.
We are committed to taking care of our staff during this time. Beyond the weekly $600 increased benefit that the furlough process provides, there are a number of employees who we recognize should receive additional assistance, and we are working to ensure those employees receive that financial benefit as well.
Importantly, we are also committed to paying 100% of all insurance premiums for the employees who use our health and dental insurance. Additionally, anyone who does not use our insurance, but most recently was working more than 10 hours per week, will have access to a Teladoc service, paid by the Club, so that they may contact a doctor remotely, without having to visit a clinic or emergency care, at no charge to them.
Due to these unprecedented circumstances, we have decided to implement a temporary fee-based freeze policy beginning April 1. We have instituted the temporary freeze policy to help us fund our employees’ basic needs during this time. The majority of the dues paid monthly during the temporary freeze will be available as a gift card to be used on any goods and services at the Club when we reopen.
During this time of social distancing, we are learning just how important our relationships are, including among our EBC community. The revenue generated by the freeze fees will help us fund our employees in significant ways. Updates about this temporary freeze policy were emailed to all members and mailed to any members who do not have an email address on file with us on March 31. If you have any additional questions, please email email@example.com.
It is more important now than ever that we all remain fit and active. We encourage you to use our Vimeo channel to access our on-demand workouts. We will continue to add content to that page throughout the closure. The Vimeo channel can be found at vimeo.com/channels/1546775.
We will notify you of our plans to reopen and when frozen memberships will become active when those plans are put into place. Thank you for your membership and for helping the Club support our employees during this challenging time.