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New Jersey health officials shutter defiant gym days after it reopens

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Posted at 10:33 AM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 10:33:22-04

BELLMAWR, N.J. — Health officials have shuttered a gym in southern New Jersey that reopened this week in defiance of a state order that shut down nonessential businesses to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Orange stickers from the Camden County Health Department declaring an embargo and a four-page notice from the state Department of Health were found Thursday taped to the door of the Atilis Gym in Bellmawr.

The gym reopened on Monday and had continued daily operations, receiving summonses each day for violating the state order.

The gym’s owners have previously 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 plan on “dealing” with the notices and reopen on Friday.