The New Jersey Department of Health ordered the closure of a local gym this week after the owners publicly rebuked the Governor’s shutdown order; saying he has “no legal precedent” to keep them from conducting business.
“You know, we opened on Monday. We stayed open Tuesday and we stayed open on Wednesday. And, Murphy does not have a legal precedent to shut us down. So, he’s resorted to calling in the Health Department,” owner Ian Smith explained.
Just obtained pictures of marked Bellmawr Police cars and unmarked vehicle escorting vehicle with Health Dept seal on side as authorities pulled up to front of Atilis Gym overnight to post the NJ Dept of Health shut down order. @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/L6EnnvPhOA
— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) May 21, 2020
“But, Mr. Murphy has made sure the actually that whoever’s in control of the Board of Health has actually worded it properly this time, and they have actually stated that we are not allowed to actually have members of the public or members of our gym,” he pointed out. “So, at this moment, we stand by…everything we’ve done we believe is not criminal.”
“You know, we knew from the onset that legally we had the right to be open and that there was no precedent to shut us down and that our rights under the Constitution are protected,” he concluded.
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GYM SAYS ‘ENOUGH’: NJ Gym Defies Governor’s Order, Opens for Business, Says ‘We Will Not Stand Down’
A local workout facility in New Jersey is publicly defying the Governor’s lock-down order Monday; opening for business while telling reporters “we will not stand down.”
“We made the decision to open,” said Ian Smith, the owner of Atilis Gym. “We will not stand down!”
“Governor Murphy has presented zero plans and I think my business partner and I have a plan to keep people safe,” said Smith.
“We put together a plan and the plan was first that members only so we knew who were in our doors at all times and when, something big corporations are not doing … we’ll be able to track all of that very easily. We’ll be taking temperatures at the door, according to CDC recommendations. Anybody at the time who is a 100.4 or more will not be allowed in until their fever has subsided for at least 48 hours,” Smith said.
Smith went on to say, “We got spray bottles for each individual person so that anything that they touch will be disinfected before and after use … We’ve gone above and beyond and we have listed all of the steps and it’s so far beyond what the other stores are doing that, at this point, if the governor chooses to shut us down, it is absurd.”
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NJ POLICE to GYM: ‘Formally You’re All in Violation of an Executive Order, On That Note, Have a Good Day!’
New Jersey police chose not to shut-down a local gym that publicly defied the Governor’s shutdown instructions; warning people they were in “violation of an executive order” but telling them to “have a good day” before departing.
“We are and only were here for everybody’s safety today. We planned for the worst and hoped for the best, and it seems like that’s what we have out here today,” the officer said to the crowd.
“Formally, you are all in violation of the executive order. On that note, have a good day. Everybody be safe,” said the officer.
Watch the moment above.