Atilis Gym owners plan to open Wednesday despite losing business license – CBS Philly

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BELLMAWR, NJ (CBS / AP) – The owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey plan to open on Wednesday despite losing their business license. Tuesday evening, the borough council voted 5 to 1 to revoke the gymnasium’s license. The vote took place after an hour of hearing.The two owners, Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti, have reopened their gym on several occasions, defying Gov. Phil Murphy’s closure orders.

The duo were arrested and received contempt of court orders as they continuously defied orders. They say there is no evidence the gymnasium poses a threat to the public.

Eyewitness News spoke to Trumbetti on Wednesday morning.

“It’s just a political attack that didn’t need to happen,” Trumbetti said. “Unfortunately, now instead of being on our side, the Borough of Bellmawr is now an adversary, and they will be dealt with in the future and they will be given papers. The people responsible for it will now have to answer for what they did. ”

The owners say another hearing is scheduled for Friday and the gymnasium faces a fine of $ 15,000 every day for violating Governor Murphy’s order.

The gymnasium opened in May, starting a legal battle over whether Murphy’s order to shut down non-essential businesses was constitutional. The owners said they had taken steps to ensure social distancing, including registering workout stations and running at 20% of capacity, and also taking customers’ temperatures and requiring them to wear face masks. unless they are lifting weights.

Smith and Trumbetti have vowed to continue their fight to keep the gym open.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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