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A gym in Bellmawr that reopened this week was shut down Thursday morning.

Defiant N.J. gym shut down by state, owners vow to sue Murphy - nj.com

After the New Jersey State Board of Health shut down Atilis Gym, the gym's owners vowed Thursday to open again despite pressure from Gov. Phil Murphy and his continuing COVID-19 lockdown orders.After the New Jersey State Board of Health shut down Atilis Gym, the gym's owners vowed Thursday to open again despite pressure from Gov. Phil Murphy and his continuing COVID-19 lockdown orders.

The owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr arrived Thursday to find a notice of embargo  from the Camden County  Division of Environmental Health taped onto their front door.The owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr arrived Thursday to find a notice of embargo  from the Camden County  Division of Environmental Health taped onto their front door.

New Jersey gym is shut down by health department after defying lockdown orders to reopen | Daily Mail Online

“"It's pretty scary when government organizations are WEAPONIZED against the public." New Jersey's @TheAtilisGym has been SHUT DOWN for "vague" health code violations after it defiantly reopened. Co-owner Ian Smith explains why this is so messed up! https://t.co/PsGMg7YLju”

Glenn Beck on Twitter: ""It's pretty scary when government organizations are WEAPONIZED against the public." New Jersey's @TheAtilisGym has been SHUT DOWN for "vague" health code violations after it defiantly reopened. Co-owner Ian Smith explains why this is so messed up!… https://t.co/vduDmU4aB8"

“A South Jersey gym that has been reopening all week in defiance of Gov. Phil Murphy's stay-at-home executive order has been shut down by the state and county, officials said. The owners have said they will reopen Friday and are consulting their attorneys. https://t.co/FZTNODs7GX”

Jeremy Kohler on Twitter: "A South Jersey gym that has been reopening all week in defiance of Gov. Phil Murphy's stay-at-home executive order has been shut down by the state and county, officials said. The owners have said they will reopen Friday and are consulting their attorneys. https://t.co/FZTNODs7GX"

“These two men respectfully defied Gov. Murphy’s never-ending lock-down orders yesterday in NJ & are doing to again today. And tomorrow. And... Responsible civil disobedience. All business is ESSENTIAL. @TheAtilisGym in Bellmawr, NJ & @NewellStrength Hillsborough, NJ #Freedom”

Pete Hegseth on Twitter: "These two men respectfully defied Gov. Murphy’s never-ending lock-down orders yesterday in NJ & are doing to again today. And tomorrow. And... Responsible civil disobedience. All business is ESSENTIAL. @TheAtilisGym in Bellmawr, NJ & @NewellStrength Hillsborough, NJ #Freedom… https://t.co/lvMGaiWcvm"

“Owners of @TheAtilisGym say they’ll gladly accept summons that carry a up to a $2000 fine, everyday. They continue to defy state coronavirus closure orders as supporters fill the parking lot. @6abc https://t.co/8RJ7pcaSJZ”

Maggie Kent on Twitter: "Owners of @TheAtilisGym say they’ll gladly accept summons that carry a up to a $2000 fine, everyday. They continue to defy state coronavirus closure orders as supporters fill the parking lot. @6abc… https://t.co/B2fy2ednHn"

The Atilis Gym in Bellmawr has been shut down by the Camden County Health Department and NJ Health officials. According to the Camden County freeholder spokesperson, officials signed the order then the directive was given by the state to post the order and close the gym. The Freeholder spokesperson said Bellmawr police issued citations to owners Mr. Frank Trumbetti and Mr. IanThe Atilis Gym in Bellmawr has been shut down by the Camden County Health Department and NJ Health officials. According to the Camden County freeholder spokesperson, officials signed the order then the directive was given by the state to post the order and close the gym. The Freeholder spokesperson said Bellmawr police issued citations to owners Mr. Frank Trumbetti and Mr. Ian Smith for the third day in a row Wednesday for violating Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order.

BREAKING: NJ Health Officials Shut Down Camden County Gym for Defying Governor’s Executive Order | rlsmedia.com

The statement below is by Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr., regarding the defiance of Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order.   “Last night, New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner, Judith Persichilli, signed an order closing a gym in Bellmawr which has been operating in defiance of Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order closing nonessential businesses. ... More

In Regards to the Defiance of Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order | Camden County, NJ

The New Jersey Department of Health has shut down the Atilis Gym in Bellmawr after state officials issued a notice of embargo.The New Jersey Department of Health has shut down the Atilis Gym in Bellmawr after state officials issued a notice of embargo.

The owners of a New Jersey gym who snubbed the New Jersey COVID-19 executive orders said Thursday that the toilets at their business were "mysteriously" clogged. Ian Smith said that it happened an hour after Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's press conference regarding the gym on Wednesday. Fellow co-owner Frank Trumbetti said the clog affected only the "bathroom part of the gym." There appeared to be a substantial amount of paper towels stuffed in the system.The owners of a New Jersey gym who snubbed the New Jersey COVID-19 executive orders said Thursday that the toilets at their business were "mysteriously" clogged. Ian Smith said that it happened an hour after Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's press conference regarding the gym on Wednesday. Fellow co-owner Frank Trumbetti said the clog affected only the "bathroom part of the gym." There appeared to be a substantial amount of paper towels stuffed in the system.

Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti Said Atilis Gym Toilets Were Clogged | Law & Crime

The owners of a New Jersey gym who snubbed the New Jersey COVID-19 executive orders said Thursday that the toilets at their business were "mysteriously" clogged. Ian Smith said that it happened an hour after Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's press conference regarding the gym on Wednesday. Fellow co-owner Frank Trumbetti said the clog affected only the "bathroom part of the gym." There appeared to be a substantial amount of paper towels stuffed in the system.

Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti Said Atilis Gym Toilets Were Clogged | Law & Crime

I wasn’t going to touch this story today, since we already did two posts on it earlier in the week, but I can’t take my eyes off it. It’s a fascinating train wreck of a situation, and now it’s taken a WILD TURN involving plumbing and, perhaps, sabotage. Atilis Gym in Bellmawr was set to…

Mystery: Who Stuffed Paper Towels in the Atilis Gym Toilet? | Crossing Broad

New Jersey health officials have closed a Camden County gym that defied the statewide shutdown order to reopen earlier this week.New Jersey health officials have closed a Camden County gym that defied the statewide shutdown order to reopen earlier this week.

Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey cited by state health department after violating shutdown order to reopen | 6abc.com

Chris Lambert, who owns four Atilis gyms, says he will be ready to reopen as soon as Gov. Phil Murphy gives the order – but not a moment sooner. His comments came two days after the franchise owners of the Atilis in Bellmawr chose to ignore Murphy’s order that deems gyms as non-essential businesses that are to remain closed for now amid the COVID-19 safety regulations and restrictions in place since March. Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti are the owners of the Atilis location that violated the executive order of the governor. And while Lambert does not own the location, he is the franchisor “I financially back the gym, but I do not agree with them," Lambert said of Smith and Trumbetti. "As a franchise owner, I will respect that they will do what they think is best. But in my opinion, it is not doing any good for all of the other New Jersey gym owners. It is causing conflict and setting the process back.”

Gym Owners Ready and Waiting to Reopen | Sea Isle News

Kyle Newell's fitness center is open for business and no, he didn’t get dispensation from the Governor.Kyle Newell's fitness center is open for business and no, he didn’t get dispensation from the Governor.

For a third day straight Bellmawr gym owner, Ian Smith opened his gym to loyal customers.For a third day straight Bellmawr gym owner, Ian Smith opened his gym to loyal customers.

NJ Defends COVID-19 Response In Nursing Homes - Long Valley, NJ - NJ officials acknowledged "we can do better" as the death toll continues to rise at the state's nursing homes, and criticism mounts.NJ officials acknowledged "we can do better" as the death toll continues to rise at the state's nursing homes, and criticism mounts.

NJ: 'We Can Do Better' In Troubled Nursing Home COVID Crisis | Long Valley, NJ Patch

The New Jersey Department of Health forced a local gym back into shutdown days after it defied the state's ongoing lockdown orders in the midst of theThe New Jersey Department of Health forced a local gym back into shutdown days after it defied the state's ongoing lockdown orders in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

New Jersey Gym Shut Down Again After Defying Lockdown

CAMDEN, NJ — Camden County arrived at what Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli called an CAMDEN, NJ — Camden County arrived at what Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli called an unpleasant milestone on Thursday, in reporting over 6,000 cases of the novel coronavirus. 

COVID-19 in Camden County Encounters 'Plateau' After Surpassing 6K Cases | TAPinto

The gym's owners say they're going to sue New Jersey's governor

Defiant N.J. gym shut down by state after opening against coronavirus rules - pennlive.com

The owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr received a third citation on Wednesday.The owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr received a third citation on Wednesday.

Legislators from across the political spectrum say it's time - or past time - for the state to commit to dates for reopening businesses ordered to close.Legislators from across the political spectrum say it's time - or past time - for the state to commit to dates for reopening businesses ordered to close.

Health officials have shuttered a gym in southern New Jersey that reopened this week in defiance of a state order that shut down nonessential businesses to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.The gym's owners have said the decision to resume operations was not about financial gain, but rather a question of Constitutional rights.

Health officials shutter defiant New Jersey gym days after it reopens | abc7chicago.com

“Although Atilis is purporting to take its own measures to address COVID-19 transmission, these particular measures do not sufficiently address the risks,” read the order, signed Wednesday by state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli and left at the Bellmawr gym.“Although Atilis is purporting to take its own measures to address COVID-19 transmission, these particular measures do not sufficiently address the risks,” read the order, signed Wednesday by state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli and left at the Bellmawr gym.

Atilis Gym in Bellmawr closed by state Health Department after reopening against Gov. Murphy’s orders

The owners also received a new citation for making a public nuisance for the first time.The owners also received a new citation for making a public nuisance for the first time.

Atilis Gym Owners Cited For 3rd Straight Day For Defying Gov. Murphy’s Stay-At-Home Order – CBS Philly

The state health department has shut down the Atilis Gym in Bellmawr this morning. The gym had been open for the past three days with summonses issued against the owner each day.The state health department has shut down the Atilis Gym in Bellmawr this morning. The gym had been open for the past three days with summonses issued against the owner each day.

Coronavirus New Jersey: NJ shuts down defiant Atilis Gym in Bellmawr | abc7ny.com

A New Jersey gym that for days defied the state’s order closing all nonessential businesses over the coronavirus has been shut down by state health officials.A New Jersey gym that for days defied the state’s order closing all nonessential businesses over the coronavirus has been shut down by state health officials.

NJ gym that defied COVID rules shut down by health officials | 1010 WINS

A co-owner of the controversial South Jersey gym that defied the state's coronavirus shutdown order has been dragged into the media spotlight for major criminal problems more than a decade ago.Ian A. Smith, 33, of Atilis Gym in Camden Co...A co-owner of the controversial South Jersey gym that defied the state's coronavirus shutdown order has been dragged into the media spotlight for major criminal problems more than a decade ago.Ian A. Smith, 33, of Atilis Gym in Camden Co...

GoFundMe For Defiant NJ Gym Owner Rakes In $43K As He Addresses Fatal DWI Crash | Cliffside Park-Edgewater Daily Voice

The latest information and news on coronavirus in New Jersey.The latest information and news on coronavirus in New Jersey.

Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Thursday, May 21, 2020

Igor Vershinsky/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON and AARON KATERSKY, ABC News(BELLMAWR, N.J.) -- A New Jersey gym that became a rallying point of resistance against Gov. Phil Murphy's stay-at-home order was closed overnight by the state health department.The Atilis Gym in Bellmawr gained national attention after reopening this week, and its owners had vowed to stay open despite local police handing them $2,000 citations on two consecutive days for violating Murphy's executive order meant to blunt the spread of the pandemic.A red embargo sign from the Camden County Division of Environmental health was slapped on the front door of Atilis Gym in the middle of the night along with a notice from the state Department of Health that the facility would be shuttered until further notice.The state does not believe Atilis Gym or any business can "set their own divergent health measures, done without approval of the State and its health officials," the four-page notice reads.As some stay-at-home orders across the country remain in place and reopening plans roll out slowly, business owners and individuals who say they're fed up with the government response to COVID-19 have been taking matters into their own hands, often defying the advice of public health officials charged with preventing a spike in cases that would further delay economic recovery.The notice, signed by New Jersey health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, said indoor gyms and fitness centers present "particularly high-risk settings for the spread of COVID-19."The action was taken just days after Murphy said he was disappointed to hear the gym opened in violation of his stay-at-home order and that he planned to make his displeasure known to the owners without causing "World War III."Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti reopened the gym on Monday, drawing a crowd of about 200 supporters who chanted "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!" in front of the business as doors opened at 8 a.m. Just hours after opening, police showed up and issued a citation, leaving without forcing them to close."I will not close my doors again unless I'm behind bars," Trumbetti told a crowd of supporters Tuesday morning after police returned to the facility and issued a second $2,000 citation. "And I guarantee you, this door will be open every single day."The owners told ABC Philadelphia station WPVI-TV they were consulting with lawyers and considering their options. They said the facility's sewer system backed up Wednesday and that a plumber was called, requiring the gym to remain closed Thursday.In its shutdown notice, health officials said gyms require the communal use of equipment such as barbells and treadmills that can harbor the virus and that "according to the National Institutes of Health, the virus may live on plastic and steel surfaces for up to 72 hours."Smith and Trumbetti said they had taken precautions prior to opening by limiting the number of members inside to work out, implementing social distancing rules and asking members to wear protective face masks.Health officials noted that as of Wednesday more than 150,000 people in New Jersey had tested positive for the virus and at least 10,747 had died.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.Igor Vershinsky/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON and AARON KATERSKY, ABC News (BELLMAWR, N.J.) — A New Jersey gym that became a rallying point of resistance against Gov. Phil Murphy’s stay-at-home order was closed overnight by the state health department.

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Citing the Bill of Rights and the “ideals of civil disobedience,” the owner of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, NJ, defied Gov. Phil Murphy’s orders by reopening on Monday.Citing the Bill of Rights and the “ideals of civil disobedience,” the owner of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, NJ, defied Gov. Phil Murphy’s orders by reopening on Monday. Cops “formally” notified

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The defiant New Jersey gym that reopened this week in violation of Gov. Phil Murphy's lockdown was shuttered Thursday by the state.The defiant New Jersey gym that reopened this week in violation of Gov. Phil Murphy's lockdown was shuttered Thursday by the state.

NJ gym that opened during lockdown shut down by state

NJ Gym That Defied Murphy's Orders Closed - Gloucester Township, NJ - Atilis Gym in Bellmawr was closed on Thursday after reopening three times this week in violation of the governor's executive order.Atilis Gym in Bellmawr was closed on Thursday after reopening three times this week in violation of the governor's executive order.

South Jersey Gym That Defied Murphy's Orders Is Shut Down | Gloucester Township, NJ Patch

Hillsborough Gym Cited For Reopening - Hillsborough, NJ - Gym owner Kyle Newell says he is keeping his gym open as a way to stand up for people's freedoms. His gym will remain open on Thursday.Gym owner Kyle Newell says he is keeping his gym open as a way to stand up for people's freedoms. His gym will remain open on Thursday.

Hillsborough Gym Fights For Freedom, Cited For Reopening | Hillsborough, NJ Patch

The state and county health departments shut down a Camden County gym that has been operating in defiance of Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order.

Health Department shuts down Atilis Gym; owners say they plan to

Ayla Wolf was charged by police with "organizing a protest" at the reopened Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey. Plus: Great Adventure safari to reopen.The gym has now raised over $40,000 — yes, $40,000 — in two days for a "court relief" GoFundMe.

Ayla Wolf Charged With "Organizing a Protest" at Atilis Gym in Bellmawr

A co-owner of the controversial South Jersey gym that defied the state's coronavirus shutdown order has been dragged into the media spotlight for major criminal problems more than a decade ago.Ian A. Smith, 33, of Atilis Gym in Camden Co...A co-owner of the controversial South Jersey gym that defied the state's coronavirus shutdown order has been dragged into the media spotlight for major criminal problems more than a decade ago.Ian A. Smith, 33, of Atilis Gym in Camden Co...

GoFundMe For Defiant NJ Gym Owner Rakes In $43K As He Addresses Fatal DWI Crash | Bergenfield Daily Voice

After several days of intense media attention, New Jersey health officials early Thursday closed a Camden County gym whose owners defied a state coronavirus emergency lockdown.Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli signed a four-page ord...After several days of intense media attention, New Jersey health officials early Thursday closed a Camden County gym whose owners defied a state coronavirus emergency lockdown.Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli signed a four-page ord...

Health Commissioner Closes NJ Gym That Defied COVID-19 Emergency Lockdown | Hackensack Daily Voice

The New Jersey gym that's waged war with Gov. Phil Murphy over his lockdown order plans to reopen again Friday -- after getting shut down by the state health department.The New Jersey gym that’s waged war with Gov. Phil Murphy over his lockdown order plans to reopen again Friday — after getting shut down by the state health department. “We’re

Atilis Gym in NJ promises 'big reopening' after getting shut down

The Atilis owner railed on Instagram that his governor is pulling “dirty tricks” after his sewer line backed up—and a backlash over his drunk-driving accident that killed a teen.The Atilis owner railed on Instagram that his governor is pulling “dirty tricks” after his sewer line backed up—and a backlash over his drunk-driving accident that killed a teen.

Atilis Gym That Defied Shutdown Order Closed by Health Department

Co-owner Frank Trumbetti arrived at the gym on Thursday morning to find several orange Notice of Embargo stickers on the windows.Co-owner Frank Trumbetti arrived at the gym on Thursday morning to find several orange Notice of Embargo stickers on the windows.

At Governor Murphy's daily press conference, the subject of Smith's having opened up his gym was a topic of much concern. The governor said that he expects businesses to follow what law enforcement says. A third summons was issued to the gym owners on Wednesday, and new charges were levied for causing a "public nuisance."At Governor Murphy's daily press conference, the subject of Smith's having opened up his gym was a topic of much concern. The governor said that he expects businesses to follow what law enforcement says. A third summons was issued to the gym owners on Wednesday, and new charges were levied for causing a "public nuisance."

Who Is Ian Smith, the Atilis Gym Owner Defying Phil Murphy? | Law & Crime

At Governor Murphy's daily press conference, the subject of Smith's having opened up his gym was a topic of much concern. The governor said that he expects businesses to follow what law enforcement says. A third summons was issued to the gym owners on Wednesday, and new charges were levied for causing a "public nuisance."

Who Is Ian Smith, the Atilis Gym Owner Defying Phil Murphy? | Law & Crime

Co-owner Ian Smith said police are monitoring members as they enter and exit Atilis Gym and ticket them as they leave.Co-owner Ian Smith said police are monitoring members as they enter and exit Atilis Gym and ticket them as they leave.