Planet Fitness freezes all memberships during COVID-19 lockdown

While many residents are losing their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Redwood City's city manager and city attorney may get a 6 percent pay raise. That's not sitting right with some in the community. At its meeting Tuesday, the City Council agenda includes a proposal to increase City Manager Melissa Stevenson Diaz's annual salary to $316,104, and to increase City Attorney Veronica Ramirez's salary to $266,928. The hikes are part of an annual review of compensation that adjusts for cost of living and rewards performance. Last year, Diaz received a 5.86 percent raise and Ramirez received a one time bonus of 5 percent, both of which also drew criticism as they were awarded only months after the city pushed for, and passed, a half-cent sales tax to plug projected city budget deficits. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing businesses to close and lay off workers, community members are again questioning the timing of the pay hikes.
Planet Fitness, 4925 Macdonald Ave.

Planet Fitness has proactively frozen all memberships and will not charge members during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

“You will not be charged any fees during this time,” the company announced. “Unfortunately, the timing of mandates and closures led to some of our members being billed shortly before we closed. Rest assured that you will not be charged for any days when the club was closed.”

Planet Fitness runs gyms both in Richmond and Pinole.


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