Sanford Health is closing for two weeks its Sanford POWER strength and conditioning programs, sports academy workouts, team practices and competitions as well as Sanford Wellness Centers to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The closures begin Friday and impact operations in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. Sanford Health will reassess after two weeks, and members will receive additional information.

“At a time when information on COVID-19 is fluid, we do know one of the best practices to slow the spread of the virus is social distancing, and we want to make sure we are doing our part to keep everyone as safe as possible,” said Steve Young, president of Sanford Sports. “This decision is in the best interest of the athletes, coaches and families who attend and support our academies as well as our fitness center members.”