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Defiant NJ gym again opens despite closure order amid virus

Virus Outbreak-Defiant Gym
Posted at 3:38 PM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 15:38:17-04

BELLEMAWR, N.J. — The owners of a New Jersey gym that has repeatedly defied Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order to remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic have once again reopened the facility less than a week after their arrests on contempt charges.

After kicking down plywood boards covering Atilis Gym in Bellmawr on Saturday, the owners let 40 to 50 customers in for workouts, the latest move in a standoff over coronavirus-related restrictions.

One of the owners, Ian Smith, acknowledged that they would likely be forced to close again, and he had received a letter indicating that Bellmawr officials are to consider Tuesday revoking the gym’s business license.