Reopening New Jersey: Atilis Gym in Bellmawr that defied closure order fined $130,000

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Defiant NJ gym owners say they are not backing down
The owners of the defiant Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey say they won't back down, despite mounting fines.

BELLMAWR, New Jersey -- A judge has imposed more than $130,000 in fines against the owners of a gym that has repeatedly defied Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order to remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Atilis gym in Bellmawr opened its doors in May, starting a legal battle over whether Murphy's order for nonessential businesses to remain closed was constitutional.

The owners, Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti, have said they have taken steps to ensure social distancing and taken other safety precautions.

Related: NJ shuts down defiant gym in Bellmawr

In issuing his order Tuesday, state Superior Court Judge Robert Lougy said the gym could not "ignore orders with which it does not agree."

Related: Atilis Gym in Bellmawr gets license revoked, owner says

The decision requires the gym and its owners to pay almost $125,000 overall for violating a court order on eight days between Aug. 1-14. and about $10,500 to the state for the legal costs of its contempt of court action.

Related: Owners of gym in Bellmawr that reopened early sue state

The gym owners and their attorney could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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