Arizona Gyms Reject Governor Doug Ducey’s Shutdown Order
Written by Sunlight Radio America on July 4, 2020
Arizona’s gym owners want big brother off their lats.
Some of the state’s fitness centers have announced that they will remain open in defiance of an order Gov. Doug Ducey (R) issued on Monday mandating they close, along with bars, movie theaters, and water parks. That order has come amidst a rising number of coronavirus cases in the state.
“We were asked to close in five hours,” Tom Hatten, CEO of the Mountainside Fitness chain, said at a press conference, according to the Washington Examiner. Hatten has since filed a lawsuit against Ducey over his closure order, which his complaint calls “arbitrary and irrational.”
On Tuesday, police charged a Mountainside manager at one of their Scottsdale locations with a misdemeanor for keeping that gym open. Hatten has said he’d pay any fines his employees received.
Other gyms are turning up the resistance as well.
Lifetime Fitness gyms closed in response to the governor’s order. But on Tuesday the gym chain’s CEO Jeff Zwiefel said that they’d be reopening the next day, according to AZ Central.