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COVID squeeze closes Spartan Health Club indefinitely

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2020 | 11:30 PM
Spartan’s Managing Director Mickey Haughton James in a notice to members Tuesday evening, said, the gym will close at the end of September.

The popular Spartan Health Club in St Andrew has become the latest causality of the harsh economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Spartan’s Managing Director Mickey Haughton James in a notice to members Tuesday evening, said, the gym will close at the end of September. 

The COVID-19 protocols implemented by the Government to help contain the spread of the virus seem to have sapped the stamina of the facility, which was opened in 1976.

“Large gyms like Spartan require significant membership to be viable. A crowded gym is a hotspot for the coronavirus, which is predicted to be with us for many more months,” said Haughton James in the notice. 

Predicting that it will be years before large gyms are viable, Haughton James said his bankers of 45 years have shared the same opinion and are reluctant to extend loans and provide overdrafts. 

Spartan had been one of the franchise owners for Miss Jamaica World for decades but in 2018 in  Haughton James relinquished role.

The gym first became associated with the pageant back in 1976, when it was asked by the Miss World Organisation to send then gym instructor Cindy Breakspeare to the contest.

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