NJ town yanks gym’s license for repeatedly trying to reopen

BELLMAWR, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- A New Jersey town yanked a gym’s business license on Tuesday, citing its repeated attempts to reopen in violation of the state’s COVID-19 executive orders, according to a report. 

Five members of Bellmawr’s borough council voted to rescind Atilis Gym’s license, NJ.com reported. Only one member voted to allow the gym to keep its license. 

The gym’s owners, Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti, have received nine citations for repeatedly reopening their business, according to the outlet. They were also arrested at the gym at the end of July.

Gov. Phil Murphy in July said gyms and fitness centers could reopen their outdoor spaces, with social distancing and safety protocols in place. He also said they could offer “individualized indoor instruction by appointment only,” 

The state has not, however, allowed them to fully reopen due to health and safety concerns. 

In a message posted to Instagram after the vote, the gym’s owners wrote that the council’s decision was a “clear political move.” 

“Zero evidence was put forth to support the claim that (Atilis Gym) poses any threat to the public,” they wrote. “Our fight does not stop here.”