After pressure from many of its customers, Fitness USA announced Wednesday that it has placed a divider and frosted glass in its Lincoln Park gym to ensure men and women can work out separately.
“We hope all of our female members will be pleased,” said Jodi Berry, administrative director for Fitness USA.
The move comes after the Free Press reported last week that almost 200 Muslim women signed a petition saying the company reneged on a promise to maintain separation between men and women in its Lincoln Park facility.
Some interpretations of Islamic law call for separation of the sexes when women are not covered with headscarves and modest clothing. Several non-Muslim female Fitness USA members contacted the Muslim women to express support.