Bautzen: Do the fitness studios in the Bautzen district give the money back?

Do the fitness studios in the Bautzen district give the money back?

According to a verdict, fitness studios must refund membership fees from Corona closing times. This is the situation in the Bautzen district.

Ramona and René Wagner run their power plant studio in Sohland.  As part of the corona restrictions, they also benefited from being able to offer outdoor fitness courses.

Ramona and René Wagner run their power plant studio in Sohland. As part of the corona restrictions, they also benefited from being able to offer outdoor fitness courses.
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Bautzen. Ramona Wagner and her husband René experienced both sides of Corona’s harsh shutdown. While they haven’t even reopened their power plant studio in Bautzen, business at the Sohland site is up and running again. “We have an outdoor area here and we have received an emergency permit for its use. That was the big advantage, and we were able to open before the others”, says Ramona Wagner. This option did not exist in Bautzen.

The ruling of the Federal Court of Justice of May 4, on the other hand, does not affect “power planters” any more than most other fitness studios in the Bautzen district that Sächsische.de asked about. are obliged to refund membership fees during Corona closing hours, if customers so wish.

Ramona and René Wagner had already left it open to their members during closing hours whether they would continue to pay despite the closing or not. “It was then that we noticed how different the relationships are between rural and urban areas. Here at Sohland, things are familiar and many have continued to pay because they wanted to support us.”

Monthly termination and individual solutions

At My Gym in Kamenz, the judgment of BGH does not play a role, confirms studio manager Maurice-André Panitz. “We don’t realize much of that, since we have contracts that can be terminated on a monthly basis anyway.” continued the director of the study.

Maurice-André Panitz runs the My Gym fitness studio in Kamenz.

Maurice-André Panitz runs the My Gym fitness studio in Kamenz.
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We discussed with each client individually what solutions were possible. In addition to the refund, vouchers for certain services were offered to compensate for previous payments, that is, to compensate. A term that came up in almost every conversation with fitness studio operators. According to Maurice-André Panitz, everything had already been cleared up on My Gym in June 2021.

Members of Bautzener Clever fit were also able to decide well in advance of the BGH trial whether they wanted their contributions back. “Many have used it,” says owner Stefan Lasch. Therefore, the sentence is not decisive. Like other studios, it still lost clients due to the consequences of the corona pandemic.

Operators do not comply with the regulation on the terms of the contract

According to Rudi Eisenblätter, there were 150 in his IBF sports studio in Bischofswerda. Only at the beginning, during the first short phase of closure in 2020, the studio would have continued to charge membership fees, but not afterwards. “So the verdict doesn’t affect me at all.”

In addition to the manageable number of terminations, it’s troubling “that we haven’t been able to acquire new members for almost two years. Contracts are automatically extended for the duration of closing hours.”

Frank Pfützenreuter, managing director of the Pulsnitz health center, agrees. “If the contracts are not extended, we will practically be short of 11 months’ worth of sales.” Because here in Pulsnitz, no membership fees were charged during the Corona-related closures either. Frank Pfützenreuter is still examining what the legal situation will look like regarding the terms of the contract.

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After all, he is satisfied that the layoffs have been moderate. “Now you can see that many members want or even have to do something. In his health center, many are involved in rehabilitation sports. The average age is 54, and the forced hiatus is noticeable in the health of several of his members.

The only gym surveyed with experience in the BGH sentence is the Bautzener Go In. “So far, based on the verdict, two clients want their posts back. And of course they get it,” says Norbert Rössel.

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During the most recent close, the Go In was no longer debited. Previously it was about compensation. Consequently, there were consumption vouchers for contributions already paid, or members could bring someone with them at no cost. Another option is to transfer the paid months. “So if you have paid for seven months of closing time, you don’t have to pay anything for the first seven since reopening,” explains Norbert Rössel.

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