Council revokes license of New Jersey gym ignoring orders to close

by Jordyn Pair · Aug 12th, 2020 3:31 pm

Last Updated Aug 13th, 2020 at 1:17 pm

Belmawr councilmembers revoked the business license of a gym in Belmawr, New Jersey, after the gym owners ignored multiple orders to close during the coronavirus pandemic.

The vote to revoke the gym's license took place on Tuesday and was 5-1.

Atilis Gym co-owner Frank Trumbetti told local media that his gym will remain open without a license. Atilis originally reopened in May, sparking a legal battle over the constitutionality of Gov. Phil Murphy's order for non-essential businesses to stay closed.

Trumbetti, 51, and co-owner Ian Smith, 33, said they took steps to ensure social distancing, including taping off workout stations and operating at 20% capacity.

Both men were arrested last month and charged with contempt, obstruction, and violating the Disaster Control Act.


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