Mandatory club closures
Dear valued WAC members,
From the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Washington Athletic Club has been committed to following the guidelines and recommendations of global and local health authorities while providing as many WAC services, facilities, and programs as possible. The Club has adapted, changed, canceled, and amended as the rules shift virtually daily. Thank you to the many of you who have expressed appreciation for the Club’s efforts to keep members safe and the Club open. The WAC wholeheartedly supports the action taken by the state and county and remains purposeful in protecting the health of our members, team members, and the greater Seattle community.
Pursuant to the most recent directives from the state of Washington and King County Health authorities, the Clubhouse has temporarily suspended all in-house operations (aside from WeeWACs for full-time families only). The WAC Garage is open.
We are introducing some new options during this time:
The Inn at the WAC is closed through April 15 (reservations can be made beyond that point).
Essential staff will be onsite. The current directive is in effect through March 31. Realistically, it may last much longer.
Club management and WAC member leaders are committed to taking care of our wonderful WAC team members during this time of uncertainty. Through a combination of WAC work hours, PTO, city and state sick and safe time programs, and counseling eligible team members through the newly loosened unemployment application process, we intend to help team members stay as financially whole as possible. Thank you to the many of you who have expressed your concern for the WAC’s great staff.
As things evolve, we will continue to update you through email, on social media, and on our website. We understand the closure will have a significant impact on our WAC community and that you will have many questions. We kindly ask for your patience as we endeavor to answer them. You can reach Member Services at 206.464.3068 or at email@example.com.
The financial impacts on the WAC will be substantial. Virtually all non-dues revenue will shrink dramatically or stop completely. Membership dues are the lifeblood of the club industry and crucial in a crisis like this. We are all stewards of the great history of this Club, and critically now we must recognize that we are also responsible for its future. As such, we will not be refunding or freezing dues. The financial needs will continue—facility investments need to be completed and our spectacular team and family needs to get paid. Your continued support of the WAC as members and owners is essential as we weather the duration of this unprecedented situation. We need to come out of this in full strength and being the WAC that we all want to be: one of America’s best private city clubs.
The Washington Athletic Club is made up of great people–members and team members. We are all in this together. Let’s take care of each other.
WAC President & CEO
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In response to the order from the governor and the King County Health Officer, the following WAC closures and cancellations are in effect until at least March 31:
- Inn at the WAC (closed through April 15; reservations accepted beyond that point)
- Fitness areas, including pool and gym
- Fitness classes
- Locker rooms (brief locker access allowed)
- Torchy’s, Hagerty’s, and the WAC Café
- Club Shop
- Sport Shop
- Spa at the WAC
- Wellness Center
- All Club Programs events
The following departments are currently open:
- WeeWACs (full-time students only)
- WAC Garage
—Last updated March 23 (7:30 am), DM
Last Saturday’s at the WAC in March
Aqua Egg Hunt
Spring Break Sports Camp
Taste Washington Winemaker Dinner
March 26 event postponed
Lucky Envelope Brewing Dinner
Postponed until further notice
- WAC basketball league
- Watts Basketball
- Private swim lessons
- Group swim lessons
- Junior and Masters swim teams
- Youth strength training
- All other youth and fitness events
The Washington Athletic Club is taking preventive measures around COVID-19, including increased cleaning and sterilizing in the Clubhouse, especially in high-use areas. Additional hand-sanitizing stations have been installed around the Clubhouse, and WAC team members are regularly reminded about proper hygiene and cleaning. WAC members and guests who feel ill, have been in contact with high-risk populations, or have recently traveled to heavily affected areas are asked to see their healthcare practitioner before visiting the Clubhouse.