Equinox CEO Harvey Spevak on Decision to Keep Gyms Open During Sandy: ‘Safety Is Our Top Priority’

The restaurants may be closed, along with mass transit, the schools, stores, your workplace and everything else on the East Coast right now, but if you are one of the lucky s.o.b.s who can afford an Equinox membership, you have a safe port during the storm of the century. Of the 25 spas in Manhattan and surrounding metropolitan areas, only one is currently closed.

“Safety of our trainers, employees and customers is our top priority,” Equinox CEO Harvey Spevak told The New York Observer by phone this evening. “We assessed the situation and decided to hold normal operating hours today.”

Mr. Spevak said the one location that had to close was in Mamaroneck, N.Y., where the sports club’s power went out. The rest of the gyms will most likely continue normal operating hours tomorrow, said Mr. Spevak, noting that members have had extremely positive responses to the decision to keep the gyms open. “Attendance has been higher,” he said, adding that “Equinox is a community, and we are providing an outlet for people to eat, relax and relieve stress during a time when everywhere else has closed their doors.”