More than 200 people have gathered outside Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, NJ in support of the owner’s decision to defy the governor’s orders and reopen the gym. It is set to open at 8 a.m. pic.twitter.com/f2n7RQRnO0
— Ellie Rushing (@EllieRushing) May 18, 2020
BELLMAWR, N.J. (AP) — A gym in southern New Jersey has reopened for business in defiance of a state order that shutdown nonessential businesses to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. People began gathering outside the Atilis Gym in Bellmawr several hours before it reopened at 8 a.m. Monday. The owners have said the decision to resume operations at the members-only facility was not about financial gain, but rather a question of Constitutional rights. The gym owners said they have taken several steps to ensure social distancing and taken other precautions, such as taping off workout stations and operating at 20% of the building’s capacity. Gov. Phil Murphy ordered fitness centers, movie theaters and casinos closed on March 16 as part of the state’s efforts to fight the pandemic.