Prosecutor Threatening to Fine People for Visiting ATILIS Gym/Other Places Required to Remain Closed
William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews
(Gloucestercitynews.net)(May18, 2020)--Camden City, N.J. –Camden County Prosecutor Jill Mayer is threatening to fine people up to $1,000 for visiting places such as recreational and entertainment businesses, movie theaters, gyms, bars,
hair salons, retail shopping malls, tattoo parlors. Those facilities are required to remain closed until the order is lifted.
"While the Governor’s most recent Executive Order shows that slow, planned steps are being taken to safely reopen New Jersey businesses, functions, and facilities like parks, construction, and curbside pick-up, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is reminding residents that the other restrictions remain in effect."
"Under Executive Order 142, certain businesses are permitted to operate during the stay-at-home order. Those businesses and the social distancing practices they must follow are listed and defined on the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub."
Mayer said, "Anyone who patronizes a business that is open in violation of an executive order could face criminal charges in the form of a disorderly persons offense for which you could be fined up to $1,000 for each offense and spend up to six months in jail."
The ATILIS Gym in Bellmawr opened its doors this morning to its customers. A hundred people gathered outside of the business to support those violating the Governor's edict.
Ian Smith co-owner of Atilis Gym, Browning Road, Bellmawr announced on the Fox's Tucker Carson show last Wednesday night that his gym will reopen despite Governor Murphy's coronavirus lockdown.
Smith told Carlson he thought Gov. Phil Murphy’s order to close nonessential business was unfair and an infringement on his Constitutional rights.
“Our main objective is to show the world, but especially the governor, that we reject the premise of essential versus nonessential businesses. Our goal is to make a statement. We don’t need a nanny state to tell us you can’t go outside.”
Smith said he and Frank Trumbetti “took over a failing gym” on W. Browning Road 10 months ago. Trumbetti also operates Rock Bottom Nutrition, a health products store, in Cherry Hill, and in their gym in Bellmawr. The nutrition store was allowed to remain open but not the gym, according to NJ.com
“It seems very selective about who can be in business and who can’t,” Smith said. “Telling people that liquor stores are essential but places they can come to work on their physical and mental health is not – it’s just not adding up. So we decided to take matters into our own hands."