Your health and safety remain top of mind at Pritikin. Extensive safety protocols are still in place, which have enabled us to successfully balance guest safety and a positive guest experience throughout the pandemic. This is why guests are coming to Pritikin – guests feel safe here.
“I’m safe here… It’s like a family, and I love it here. ”
Dr. Daniel Brandwein, a Pritikin Guest in 2020.
COVID 19 Update | August 5, 2021
Once again COVID is beginning to impact our lives. Just as we thought it was pretty much behind us, here comes the Delta Variant. The result is that the CDC has recommended additional controls to ensure the safety of all people whether vaccinated or not, the most invasive being wearing masks indoors. We have been slow to move to this recommendation because we know it impacts the guest experience, however the following changes are now in effect
- All guests must return to wearing masks when indoors except when sitting at the dining room table actively eating, exercising in the cardio or fitness locations and in the swimming pool.
- In the cardio center, guests will need to maintain one empty piece of equipment between themselves and other guests.
- Class sizes in the pool, yoga studio, core studio and weight training rooms will be reduced to aid in social distancing
- Guest staying a second week will need to have a Covid test performed weekly beginning the second week of the stay. The cost to the guest is $50.
- We will make limited outside seating available for guests to dine, but please be aware there is roof construction going on and there may be noise, and vehicles disrupting what is normally a very pleasant dining experience.
- Unvaccinated guests who test negative for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies are required to continue to be masked in all exercise activities (excluding pool), except if there are enough guests that we can have a cardio class for only those guests, in which case, that can be done without masks.
- All offsite trips will be discontinued until further notice.
We are disappointed to have to backtrack and hopefully it will only be for a short period, but the safety of our guests needs to take precedence over comfort. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes anyone.
Thank you for your understanding and of course for your continued support of Pritikin.; We are nothing without you, our loyal guests.
Michael J. Malo, MBA, CPA | President, Pritikin Longevity Center
Pritikin is an evidence-based program committed to educating you with information about health issues that are important to you. Below is a summary of the latest COVID-19 health research studies and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Health is What We’re Experts In
There’s never been a better time to take care of yourself. Guests are coming for a wellness retreat at the Pritikin Longevity Center because they feel safe here. We understand that some guests have health conditions that put them at higher risk for COVID infection complications, and thus are especially concerned about your safety. Extensive measures have been taken to create a wellness retreat for you to escape to, where you can feel safe.
How Pritikin is Making Safety a Priority During the COVID Pandemic
The COVID-19 Protocols at the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa, in Miami, Florida include:
- All guests submit a negative SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test for Covid-19 OR a positive SARS-Cov2 antibody test within 7 days of arrival regardless of vaccination status.
- Guests staying more than one week will have a Covid test performed weekly beginning the second week of the stay. The cost to the guest is $50.
- Wristbands will be provided to guests who provide proof of immunity with a vaccination card or documented natural immunity from a SARS-CoV-2 antibodies test.
- Class sizes in the pool, yoga studio, core studio and weight training rooms have been reduced to aid in social distancing
- Exercise Equipment Frequently Cleaned
- Intensive Cleaning Procedures
- Hand Sanitizer Dispensers in All Areas
- All guests must wear masks when indoors except when sitting at the dining room table actively eating, exercising in the cardio or fitness locations and in the swimming pool.
- Unvaccinated guests who test negative for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies will be required to continue to be masked in all exercise activities (excluding pool), except if there are enough guests that we can have a cardio class exclusively for those guests, in which case, that can be done without masks.
“It’s a medical facility so that gives you confidence… I felt that being in this bubble of Pritikin, really made me feel very confident…”
Ellen, a Pritikin Guest in 2020.
Fully Vaccinated? Science Shows Infection Risk Low
Research shows fully vaccinated adults are at low risk of infection or transmission, even from the highly transmissible Delta variant. A United Kingdom study published in July, in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed Pzifer vaccine protects against the Delta variant. The protection is at a slightly lower percentage: 93.7% against the Alpha variant, and 88% against the Delta variant.
The CDC reported that authorized mRNA vaccines are highly effective protection against hospitalization, and death from variants of concern, including the Delta strain, now predominate in the United States. However, with community transmission occurring, the risk of infection can’t be completely eliminated, making masks a helpful safety tool. Studies show that masks work: researchers analyzed data from countries around the world, in places where policies supported public mask wearing, there was an approximate 4 fold decrease in mortality.
Committed to Being a Science-based Resource
Here are some resources we’ve created you might find helpful, about whether it is safe to stay in a hotel, or safe to fly. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to call one of our informed and friendly Program Advisors.
There’s never been a better time to restart your life with a healthier lifestyle.
“People who come, come back again and again, because what we do works. There is no doubt about the effectiveness of what we do here,” – Michael Malo, President of the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa.