Roanoke cycle and yoga studio strengthens COVID requirements for classes

Hustle Haven opened their doors August 31
Published: Dec. 15, 2020 at 7:39 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - If you’re not drawn in by the bright pink exterior, the blaring music and flashing lights may just do the trick.

High intensity pedaling is taught by Hustle Haven’s founder and co-owner, London Ray-Dykstra. It’s a studio that first opened its doors over the summer, in the thick of the pandemic.

“COVID affects our business in a very unique way; it’s not just controlling the numbers in a retail space but we are an exercise facility, so we’re breathing heavy as we work really hard in a cycle class or flow it out in our Hustle Flow class,” said Ray-Dykstra.

Each class has fewer than ten participants and each person, including London, is wearing a mask.

“My husband and I had just taken some classes at another facility that required masks, and while it wasn’t ideal, it wasn’t impossible, and I just felt like if other cities are requiring it, Roanoke and Virginia may not require it, but we can make it a mandate here in our facility.”

Hustle Haven’s first official day was August 31 and since that time they’ve secured roughly 150 members, plus dozens of folks who just drop in for class.

The new mask rule isn’t going anywhere, and none of the existing protocols, such as cleaning, is changing, either.

London wants her small business to remain a haven for her supporters’ hustle, but her bigger hope is that all small businesses survive.

“We’re all hanging on by a thread, like a literal very cheap friend. And if you think, ‘oh, they’re doing just fine because they’re open in the middle of a pandemic,’ they’re not,” said Ray-Dykstra.

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