On March 16, 2020, Governor Hogan ordered the closure of all restaurants, bars, theatres and gyms, effective immediately. He emphasized that such action was taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and to save lives. Although the order from the governor did not specifically reference gyms within condominiums and homeowners associations, we are taking the position at Rees Broome that the order extends to all gyms, including gyms within community associations, as the goal of the order is to reduce transmission of the virus. In addition, as President Trump recently advised against any gatherings of more than ten people, it appears that the restrictions are growing more stringent each day. As a result, we are recommending that our community association clients immediately close gyms and fitness facilities to limit liability exposure. Community Associations should also consider the cancellation of community events and clubs for the immediate future. Should you have any questions and/or require additional assistance navigating any COVID-19 matters, please contact us at (703) 790-1911.
March 18, 2020