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05-12-2020, 12:33 PM #1
Lou Uridel Arrested for Reopening Gym
05-12-2020, 02:46 PM #2
It looks like he was only cited whatever that entails. If they do arrest him or any other business owner it will be useless. I believe California has a no bail rule right now. Meaning if you get arrested you are released without having to post bail. I’ve seen reports where police are only arresting people for violent crimes because of the no bail order. So arresting a business owner would pretty much be a symbolic act. The response to covid from some government bodies has been beyond stupid.
05-13-2020, 02:22 PM #3
05-14-2020, 03:03 AM #4
Lou Uridel Arrested for Reopening Gym
if the government keeps these lock downs any more The people are finally going to rise up and take a stand. then hopefully the government will fear the people, instead of the people fearing the government, when the government fears the people. that’s a similar saying from one of the founding fathers I believe.
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05-14-2020, 12:38 PM #5
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05-14-2020, 09:34 PM #7
After arrest, gym owner defies California again to reopen
OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — About a dozen weightlifters wearing face coverings did sets Thursday in front of mirrors at a Southern California gym that was reopened by the owner despite his arrest last weekend for violating local coronavirus health orders that closed gyms.
Lou Uridel — wearing a red, white and blue mask with a stars-and-stripes pattern and the words “justice for all” emblazoned across it — vowed to keep the doors open at Metroflex Gym in the coastal city of Oceanside, north of San Diego.
But he warned his customers they might be handcuffed and hauled off like he was on Sunday.
“There’s some members who kind of shy away from that and there’s some members who say, you know what, if they’re going to take me away in handcuffs for working out, then they can go ahead and do it," Uridel said.
Uridel may be the first business owner arrested in California for violating health orders by reopening, although a growing number are doing that.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk reopened his plant in defiance of Alameda County health rules and tweeted Monday he was prepared to be arrested. He wasn't and won praise from President Donald Trump.
Musk and local officials eventually reached an agreement to allow vehicle production to resume next week.
Authorities wary of a public backlash have preferred to use warnings to get local businesses to comply. Forcing one to shut its doors and citing the owner is rare, and arrests are considered a last resort.
Last week in neighboring Riverside County, Sheriff Chad Bianco told supervisors he wouldn't enforce local health orders that make criminals out of otherwise law-abiding business owners and other residents who violate the restrictions.
The state is allowing some counties with a low infection rate to give the greenlight to certain businesses to reopen more quickly than others. But gyms are not being allowed to reopen anywhere because they are considered a high-risk business due to people being indoors, sharing equipment and breathing hard as they exercise.
Coughing, sneezing and even talking are ways the virus is spread through tiny water droplets.
Bonnie Stauffer, spokeswoman for the Oceanside Police Department, said Uridel will be cited for every day the gym is open. Police were working with the San Diego County district attorney’s office to review their options, she said.
“I don’t know what other enforcement can be done at this point,” she said.
The maximum fine for breaking a public health law in California is $1,000 or up to 90 days in jail for each day a violation occurs.
Uridel was held by police for only about an hour Sunday before being released. He was charged with a misdemeanor and will be arraigned in 90 days, though the arrest is under review, said Tanya Sierra, spokeswoman for the San Diego County district attorney's office.
With the support of at least one city councilman, Uridel said he hopes prosecutors will drop the case. The Texas Supreme Court earlier this month ordered the release of Dallas hair salon owner Shelly Luther, who was jailed after she continued to operate her business despite shutdown orders.
Uridel said he had no choice about reopening the gym.
“We lost a third of our membership that took us a year and a half to get,” Uridel said. “If we waited, with the bills mounting, we weren’t going to be able to recover.”
Uridel said he has taken every precaution so his customers feel safe.
Large handwritten signs warn people no one is allowed in if they are coughing or show other symptoms, and that everyone must sign a waiver declaring they are not ill. It says all rules will be enforced, including no gym bags or showering at the gym, and members must wear masks and shirts at all times.
Everyone must maintain 6 feet (1.8 meters) of space between each other, wipe down equipment after each use, and wash their hands before entering the gym and before leaving it.
Uridel said he also closes the gym every 90 minutes for cleaning and sanitizing.
Uridel first opened last Friday and then after his arrest was closed until Wednesday. He said he has had about 120 people come in daily, staggered over a 12-hour period.
Police dropped by Thursday when about a dozen masked men spaced 6 feet apart were lifting weights in the gym, situated at the back of a strip mall cordoned off by police tape to signal that businesses were supposed to be closed. The officers spoke to Uridel about his safety measures and then left. He was not cited.
Joseph Noland, 40, said he returned to the gym as soon as he got word it had reopened. The stay-at-home dad said it's been vital to relieve stress, especially during the virus outbreak. And he feels safe at the gym.
“When you walk into the gym, everyone is washing their hands, which is something you never see at the grocery store," Noland said. “This place is constantly being cleaned."
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05-19-2020, 04:35 PM #12
N.J. gym owners issued more tickets, customer arrested in 2nd day of coronavirus lockdown defiance
A New Jersey gym reopened again Tuesday in defiance of the state’s orders against workout facilities reopening during the coronavirus outbreak and again police arrived to issue tickets to the owners. At least one patron was also arrested leaving the gym after refusing to give his name.
Police also warned supporters gathered outside to leave or they could also face summonses.
“This gathering is a violation of the governor’s order,” Bellmawr Lt. Mike Draham said. “You are directed to immediately and peaceably disperse. If you do not disperse you can be charged. You can protest from your vehicle…That’s all we have right now.”
The crowd jeered police officers as Draham read a statement to Atilis Gym gym owners Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti in front of gym door shortly after 10 a.m. They were handed tickets that could lead to fines of up to $1,000.
The gym reopened at 8 a.m. on Tuesday for a second day with a smaller crowd of supporters than the first day when hundreds filled the sidewalk and parking lot of the gym on West Browning Road in Bellmawr, Camden County.
Smith went on national television last week with his plan to reopen despite Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order for gyms to remain closed during the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 10,000 New Jersey residents and infected more than 148,000, both the second highest in the country after New York.
Murphy was asked Monday during his coronavirus briefing about the gym’s reopening and he suggested the efforts to enforce the closure order may ramp up Tuesday.
“We will take action,” Murphy said Monday. “If you show up at that gym tomorrow, there’s going to be a different reality than showing today.”
It appeared to be more of the same, but with fewer people gathered outside. After receiving the tickets Monday, the gym remained open the rest of the day. That happened as well on Tuesday.
Trumbetti said he and Smith have owned the gym for less than a year and the lockdown has “strangled” their business. They said they would continue to operate despite the tickets and a GoFundMe campaign started to pay their fines has already raised more than $21,000.
“I’m not worried about jail,” Trumbetti said Monday afternoon. “ Ian and I made a conscious decision to actually fight for the cause for everybody.”
Recent polls have shown record approval for Murphy as he manages the coronavirus crisis. A Rutgers-Eagleton poll of 1,502 adults conducted from April 22–May 2 gave Murphy a 77% job approval rating.
And a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month showed 65% said Murphy’s actions during the coronavirus outbreak were just right with 20% saying they did not go far enough and only 14% saying they went too far.
Shortly after 10 a.m. borough police Lt. Mike Draham read a statement to gym owners Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti as they stood in front of gym doors. The crowd pushed jeers peppered the shouts from the crowd.
Draham told N.J. Advance Media that Bellmawr police were performing a local enforcement in accordance with Murphy’s orders.
When asked if he directed the gym to close he said, “The governor directed them to close.”
By 11:35 am., a dozen protesters continued to mill around the parking lot and gym patrons continued to come and go into the facility, which is located in a shopping commons with nearly a dozen other businesses.
The gym owners have said they rearranged the gym equipment to provide more social distancing and the staff would be stepping up cleaning efforts. On Monday, staffers took temperatures of members entering to workout and Smith said they will limit capacity to 20% or about 44 people at a time. Members and staff are also required to wear face coverings.
05-20-2020, 03:27 PM #13
05-20-2020, 04:05 PM #14
I don't think this has gone to court yet in NJ.
Ohio judge rules state cannot penalize gyms that reopen
There is a victory for gym and fitness centers across Ohio that had sued the state to reopen.
A judge in Lake County has ruled Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton cannot impose penalties or fines against fitness centers simply because they do not comply with her orders closing them down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nearly three dozen gym operators — including one in Boardman — filed suit this month claiming the state’s guidelines were not constitutional.
The new order states that the facilities will still have to follow safety regulations that would cover these types of businesses.
05-21-2020, 07:08 PM #15
Defiant N.J. gym shut down by state, owners vow to sue Murphy
A gym in Bellmawr that reopened Monday, violating an executive order from Gov. Phil Murphy, was shut down Thursday morning by state and county health departments.
“Alright guys, so we arrived at the gym this morning to Governor Murphy’s dirty tricks, playing with his power in the health department," one of the owners said in a video posted to the gym’s Instagram page Thursday. "For right now, the gym will be closed. We have a full cleaning crew inside, once again, going above and beyond.”
The Instagram story also included a typed message saying, “Filing a suit against (Murphy) first thing this morning.”
Murphy declined to comment on the gym directly during a radio interview on WPG in Atlantic City on Thursday morning.
“Because it’s unfolding, I won’t comment on the specifics of that particular facility," the governor said.
”We’ve taken a whole lot of steps already to begin to open the state up, I think, responsibly," Murphy added. "The inside stuff is harder. The folks have to understand the virus is still out there. ... We’ll get there. We’re just not there yet.”
Murphy did say during a separate interview on CNBC that he may allow more indoor businesses such as salons and gyms to reopen with restrictions “in a matter of weeks.”
Orange stickers from the Camden County Health Department declaring an embargo and a four-page notice from the state Department of Health were taped to the door of Atilis Gym.
The signs were placed on the storefront “with no inspection of the building or anything,” Co-owner Frank Trumbetti told FOX 29.
“They did it overnight like cowards,” Trumbetti told NJ Advance Media.
He also vowed to reopen despite the state’s action. "We’re opening up tomorrow morning no matter what,” Trumbetti said.
Trumbetti said he doesn’t know what the embargo means and the state health department notice referred to a statute involving infectious disease.
The sewer system serving the gym backed up Wednesday, “right after [Gov. Murphy’s daily] briefing where they said the Board of Health would be involved,” Trumbetti told FOX 29, forcing members to evacuate. A sewage remediation team was onsite Thursday, according to FOX 29.
A call to an attorney for the gym was not immediately returned.
The Camden County department of health spokesperson also could not be reached immediately.
A spokesperson for the state Department of Health declined to comment beyond the order, which was sent NJ Advance Media.
Although Atilis Gym "is purporting to take its own measures to address COVID-19 transmission” the state cannot “simply allow business owners to set their own divergent health measures, done without the approval of the state and it’s health officials,” the order says.
It also bans Atilis Gym from opening until further notice. Failure to comply with the order could result in criminal sanctions and/or civil penalties for violating the department of health’s order and the for violating Executive Order 107.
As of Wednesday, there were at least 150,399 cases of coronavirus in New Jersey and 10,747 deaths attributed to the virus.
“Indoor gyms and fitness centers present particularly high-risk settings for the spread of COVID-19, in part because customers of these facilities engage in physical activities that increase the customers’ respiratory activity, which in turn can increase the amount of respiratory droplets or aerosols in a confined setting,” the order says.
The prolonged and close person-to-person contact presented by personal trainers, spotters and the use of communal equipment also increase the risk of spread, the order says.
The National Institutes of Health have found that the virus may live on plastic and steel surfaces -- such as barbells, dumbbells and treadmills, for up to 72 hours.
Atilis Gym in Bellmawr allowed a limited number of members to use the facility beginning Monday. Their temperatures were checked as they entered and they were required to wear face coverings and follow other rules. Co-owner Ian Smith said they were limiting capacity to 20% or about 44 people at a time.
Murphy was asked Monday during his coronavirus briefing about the gym’s reopening and he suggested the efforts to enforce the closure order may ramp up.
The owners of the gym said they opened it less than a year ago and the lockdown has “strangled” their business. They said they would continue to operate despite the tickets and a GoFundMe page started to pay their fines has raised more than $50,000 as of Thursday.
The gym had been issued at least three citations since opening, each of which includes a fine of up to $1,000 and possible jail time.
Trumbetti said the gym will remain closed but he encouraged members to come work out in the parking lot.