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All Merritt Clubs locations are now open. To expedite the check-in process, we ask that members sign and print out our Health Declaration and Waiver and bring it to the club.



For the last 43 years, this community has been our family and we are grateful for the trust you have shown us. Now with COVID-19 front and center in our lives, we want to help keep you safe by committing to the highest levels of health and safety within our clubs.

On this page you will find detailed descriptions of our new safety measures to ensure we are transparent about our efforts, both now and for the future. We are making strides in all areas of our clubs, including cleaning and sanitation, physical distancing, social responsibility, health, and hygiene, for both our members and our employees.

– Mark Miller, COO of Merritt Clubs


“I want to thank you for all you and your staff have done to make the Merritt Towson Club safe and accessible. I truly do feel safer going to our club than going to the grocery store, Home Depot, outdoor dining establishment, or any other place outside of my home. You and your staff have put in very effective safety measures, and we all feel confident working out on the equipment as well as taking group classes. ”

Susan, Merritt Clubs Towson

“Club has worked so hard during the shut down to provide ongoing opportunities for fitness and other support, as well as has ensured a safe return.”

Anne, Merritt Clubs Eldersburg

“Friendly atmosphere, awesome customer service, great equipment, very clean, adhering to all rules while still letting people make their own choices.”

Jillian, Merritt Clubs Eldersburg

“I think the gym is taking everything very seriously, as I assume the other locations are as well. I routinely see the staff wiping down the equipment, have posted more than adequate signage, and remain personable despite having to continuously wear a mask. I appreciate the work and effort they have to put into maintaining a safe, clean, and healthy environment for the patrons.”

Stephen, Merritt Clubs Cranbrook

“Your team has displayed such professionalism and attentiveness to all members upon return. There are new rules to adjust to but I think that both the staff and members are adjusting well in this COVID-19 world.”

Sophia, Merritt Clubs Fort Avenue

“Merritt exhibits that it takes COVID-19 seriously by the visible measures it’s taken including cleaning and sanitizing, directional movement, keeping kids out of the therapy pool, sanitizing stations throughout the facility, and maintaining safe distancing practices. ”

Denise, Merritt Clubs Eldersburg

“I think the club has done an outstanding job making the club as user friendly as possible while keeping it super clean. To be honest, I was not sure I would return. I can not think of anything more you can do for members that do not want to live their life on hold.”

Rita, Merritt Clubs Eldersburg

“The gym has never been cleaner. I was hesitant to return to the gym, but felt very comfortable once I was there and it was really due to how clean everything was. Communication has been great throughout, they nailed this.”

Matthew, Merritt Clubs Fort Avenue

“Trust me when I say Merritt has really impressed me with the measures they have taken to protects its members. I really think that working out at Merritt Clubs will be safer than going to the grocery store.”

Michelle, Merritt Clubs Fort Avenue

“I really feel safe, the classes are diverse and have lots of different times available, and the instructors are great. Highly recommend BodyCombat, BodyPump, and BodyStep. Truly a judgment-free and family-friendly zone.”

Patty, Merritt Clubs Towson


  • We’ve purchased new technology, including electrostatic sprayers with hospital-grade disinfectant, to sanitize surfaces throughout the club as recommended by the CDC. Electrostatic sprayers are proven to rapidly clean and disinfect areas with a 1-minute kill ratio.
  • HVAC units have been enhanced to provide more fresh air flow and micronized filters have been installed to trap particles and clean air.
  • We’ve removed or disabled fans to mitigate the spread of germs.
  • Faucets and toilets have been upgraded to touchless, wherever possible.
  • We’ve purchased extra gym wipe and automatic hand sanitizing stations and conveniently placed them throughout the gym floor, in group fitness studios and kids’ clubs.



Sneeze guards are placed on all welcome desks and kid’s club counters as an extra precaution, and signage will be posted at entry ways stating that no members or staff are to enter the club if they show any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. For contactless check-in, members will be required to check in using the Merritt Clubs app, and cash will no longer be accepted.

“They made a lot of changes to accommodate for social distancing. Very clean and well managed. Worth the money.”
– Dave, Merritt Clubs Canton

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Group fitness studios:

Class times will be adjusted to ensure there is at least 30 minutes between each class so that equipment can be properly sanitized. Instructors are tasked with reminding members to wipe down equipment before and after each class. Learn how to register for classes here

“When the wide variety of outdoor classes started, they were fun and safe, and it was so nice to see people again!”
– Rachel, Merritt Clubs Fort Avenue

Fitness floor:

We’ve rearranged equipment to observe physical distancing and proper spacing. While the majority of equipment has remained in the club, some have been removed to make space. Our team will be using hospital-grade disinfectant on machines and fogging free weights with the electrostatic guns throughout the day.

“You took the requirements for social distancing to heart, and the club feels safe. Simply, the club is just a good place to workout. Plain and simple.”
– Jeffery, Merritt Clubs Eldersburg

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High-touch areas:

Surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned and treated by our teams with hospital-grade disinfectants throughout the day, and third party cleaning and fogging companies will be utilized if necessary. Floor stickies will be placed in high-traffic areas and group fitness studios to remind members to remain at least 6 feet apart. 

“I saw cleaning/ sanitizing being done, everyone has to leave at a certain time, hoses, buckets, brushes come out and additional deep cleaning is done.”
– Mary, Merritt Clubs White Marsh

Kids Club:

Our team has put together safety protocols to allow for the reopening of the Kids Club. If you would like to bring your child, you must use the Merritt Clubs app to make a reservation. Hours have been modified and capacity has been limited to ensure everyone’s safety. A 1.5 hour max time limit will be strictly enforced. Learn how to reserve your spot here.

State and local officials require children ages nine and over to wear a mask while in the Kids’ Club when physical distancing is not possible. If your child does not have a mask, they will be unable to enter.

“This facility is staffed with amazing people. It is always clean, and is a welcoming environment. I love the child care staff. My son is EXCITED to go!”
– Krista, Merritt Clubs Canton

Outdoor Pools:

Members will be required to make a reservation to access the pool facility. We will adhere to state guidelines for how many patrons can be in the pool at once, as well as social distancing guidelines for maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distance while in the pool and on the pool deck. Please review and follow the pool guidelines listed here and learn how to reserve a spot here

“I swim laps daily and read at the pool in the late afternoons and I have been so impressed with how the registration system has been handled.”
– Sarah, Merritt Clubs Fort Avenue

Planning for a safe visit


  • Ensure you have not had any of the symptoms of COVID-19 listed on the CDC website within the last 48 hours, and are not currently positive for COVID-19.
  • Review the new Health Declaration Form and Waiver. You can digitally fill it out ahead of time, print and bring with you to the club.
  • Check the website to view your club location’s updated hours and new class schedule.


  • Wear a mask as you enter the club, per the Governor’s mandate.
  • Turn in your Health Declaration and Waiver form at the welcome desk.
  • Check in using the Merritt Clubs App.


  • Please be respectful and courteous to all and take a high degree of personal responsibility while in the clubs. Observe safe distances of at least 6 feet and pay attention to floor decals when in high-traffic areas.
  • Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.
  • Thoroughly wipe down equipment before and after use. Cleaning is a team sport.
  • Please be understanding we are doing our best to mitigate things and help during this time. While you may not like or agree with some changes, we are following all guidelines and best practices, and these are subject to change. Please do not take anything out on our club teams or individual staff. This will not be tolerated. We appreciate everyone working with us as we create a healthy way back for all.

What is your protocol if someone who has visited the club tests positive for COVID-19?

We have educated our staff about the signs and symptoms of illness. We will ask members to leave if the manager on duty deems necessary. We are updating our check-in greeting to include a declaration of health from each member.

If someone who has used the club tests positive for COVID-19, we will alert the local health department and follow their guidelines. All members using the club will be asked to confirm their contact information and update their picture on file so that we can effectively communicate when necessary.

Will the clubs be open 24 hours?

During our initial reopening phase, our clubs’ hours have been temporarily modified.  This will allow us to thoroughly clean the club prior to opening each day. Please visit our website to view your club’s hours.

What is your mask policy?

The Merritt Clubs Mask Policy has been updated to adhere to the Baltimore City Mayor and Baltimore County Executive’s most recent orders.

Members two years of age and older must wear a face covering while inside the club at all times. Members may only remove their masks while engaging in vigorous exercise more than six feet away from another individual and while actively hydrating. Members are required to re-mask when moving between exercises.

Please read below for more detail on the Merritt Clubs Mask Policy and how it pertains to certain areas of the club:

  • Group Fitness: Members must wear a mask upon entering and exiting the studio.  The mask should remain on while members are setting up for class.  If a member is participating in vigorous exercise and is unable to safely wear a mask, they may remove it if they are more than six feet away from another individual. Members must re-mask immediately after the class.
  • Personal Training: Clients should wear a mask at all times except for when they are engaging in vigorous activity. In this scenario, the trainer and client must create more than six feet of distance between them.
  • Stretching Area: Stretching is not considered a vigorous activity; therefore, members are required to wear a mask.
  • Kids’ Clubs/Summer Camps: As per the order, children ages two and older are required to wear a face-covering while inside the club at all times. Masks may only be removed while actively eating or drinking.
  • Locker Rooms: Masks are required at all times while in the locker room except for when taking a shower and brushing your teeth in the sink. Members must re-mask immediately after showering or brushing their teeth.
  • LM Poolside Bar & Restaurant: Members must wear face protection when ordering at the bar. Those who do not have face protection will be turned away.
  • Outdoor Pools: Face coverings are required while entering and exiting the pool deck, interacting with others, ordering from LM Poolside Restaurant & Bar, and moving throughout the deck. Face coverings are not required when lounging on our physically distanced chairs and when swimming in the pool.

Our team is required to wear a face covering at all times inside the club. Outdoor lifeguards may remove their mask while on the lifeguard stand, more than 6 feet away from another person. Our instructors may remove masks once in place to teach, but must re-mask while setting up, cleaning up, or otherwise moving about the studio.

Our mask policy, as required by local regulations, will be strictly enforced by our team. Those who do not comply will be asked to leave the facility or potentially have their membership revoked. Please be patient with our team and do your part in upholding your social responsibility.

Will towel service be available?

Towel service has been temporarily suspended to reduce person-to-person exposure. We do not have a timeline on when this service will become available.

Can I bring a guest to the club?

At this time, we will not be allowing guests to redeem trial passes. However, if someone is interested in membership, they will be able to schedule an appointment with our team.

Are you still hosting group fitness classes at the club?

Yes, group fitness officially resumed on Wednesday, June 24; however, the schedule is modified, and participant capacity is be limited to adhere to recommended safety guidelines. Class times and locations will be updated online and on the Merritt Clubs app as changes occur. Members are limited to one class per day while capacity limitations are in place. 

Will there be enough cleaning supplies?

Yes. We have increased the level of product we are stocking. Our group fitness instructors and personal trainers will also be instructing members about our cleaning expectations. 

Is the Kids' Club be open?

Yes, our Kids’ Clubs are officially open. Our team has put together safety protocols to allow for the reopening of the Kids Club. If you would like to bring your child to the Kids Club, you must use the Merritt Clubs app to make a reservation. Hours have been modified and capacity has been limited to ensure everyone’s safety. A 1.5 hour MAX time limit will be strictly enforced.

Have you made any changes to HVAC?

Yes. Our maintenance team has made several enhancements to HVAC units to provide more fresh air flow and installed micronized filters to trap particles and clean air. In addition, we’ve either eliminated or disabled fans to mitigate spread.

Can I still purchase a smoothie?

At this time, we are not offering smoothies. This will allow our welcome desk team to closely monitor the flow of traffic.

What happens to money I paid for programs such as camps, personal training, swim, Etc.? Can I get a refund?

Once we re-open, we will evaluate credits or refunds for services not rendered on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions about a specific program, it is best to speak to that department manager or general manager at your location. Contact information is listed on our website.