The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to the cancelation or postponement of many CrossFit competitions including the postponements of the CrossFit Italian Showdown, the CrossFit German Throwdown, and the Rogue Invitational, as well as non-CrossFit events like the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Due to CrossFit boxes across the world closing to due to government mandates for nationwide lockdowns such as in Italy or stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders that have taken effect in various cities throughout the USA, CrossFit HQ announced that they would halt or reduce fees from affiliates that have had to close in accordance with those mandates.
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@CrossFit Headquarters is working to provide immediate support to CrossFit affiliates by hosting an online competition with all registration proceeds going to affiliates in need. The details of this worldwide event will be announced in the coming days. This is an opportunity for all of us to come together and respond to the present uncertainty by lifting each other up and unifying our global community for the benefit of affiliates everywhere. Read the full announcement linked in bio. #SupportYourlocalbox – #CrossFit #CrossFitCommunity #CrossFitGames #Fitness #strongertogether
All of these mandates compel nonessential businesses to close in order to reduce the density of large crowds or gatherings that could further spread the coronavirus. Gyms are not considered essential and, as such, have had to close their doors indefinitely until the pandemic is at a more manageable stage.
This has not stopped some affiliates from devising ways to continue to support the communities fostered within their boxes. As CrossFit HQ stated in their announcement:
“CrossFit trainers and affiliates have gone to extraordinary lengths to serve and support their members despite these challenging circumstances. They are truly the lifeblood of the CrossFit community. It’s our turn to give back to them.”
In addition to halting or reducing fees from affiliates, CrossFit HQ announced that they will host an online competition “with all registration proceeds going to affiliates in need.” The details of this online competition will be “announced in the coming days” but they did refer to it as a worldwide competition.
“This is an opportunity for all of us to come together and respond to the present uncertainty by lifting each other up and unifying our global community for the benefit of affiliates everywhere.”
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