NJ gym reopens in defiance of lockdown: "We will not stand down"

by Jordyn Pair · May 18th, 2020 4:07 pm

A New Jersey gym has reopened in defiance of stay-at-home orders in the state, a decision the owners say the gym staff made in conjunction with the community.

"We will not stand down," said Ian Smith, the owner of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, adding that he plans to continue opening even if police arrive and shut his business down again. "...Governor Murphy has presented zero plans, and I think my business partner and I have a plan to keep people safe."

An officer arrived on the scene on Monday to tell those in attendance that they were in violation of the state's lockdown order before adding "have a nice day," prompting the crowd to chant "U.S.A."

"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," Smith said. "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 also said that the gym has spray bottles "for each individual person" and that the gym's safety measures are "so far beyond what the other stores are doing that, at this point, if the governor chooses to shut us down, it is absurd."

? Nearly 10,000 people in New Jersey have died from the coronavirus, with more than 142,000 infected.


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