Murphy Says Gyms In NJ Can Reopen Soon At Reduced Capacity

WCBS 880 Newsroom
August 26, 2020 - 9:18 am

    TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday that gyms in New Jersey could reopen next month at reduced capacity.

    The governor said gyms and health clubs can reopen at 25 percent capacity starting on Sept. 1.

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    He said masks, social distancing and sign in sheets for contact tracers are required.

    "I know this has been a long time coming," Murphy said. "Wear a face mask, come dressed, leave dressed preferably, stay away from other people, sign in, give your information, it's very basic stuff. I would say to folks just do the right thing."

    Gyms in the state have been allowed to offer “individualized training sessions by appointment” since early July.

    The ongoing closure of gyms amid the coronavirus pandemic has been a flashpoint in New Jersey. 

    The Atilis gym in Bellmawr has made national headlines for repeatedly defying Murphy's shutdown orders and reopening multiple times.

    The owners of the gym were fined nearly $130,000 earlier this month for staying open despite a court order. The gym owners were also arrested late last month on contempt charges but reopened less than a week later. They said they had taken safety precautions at the gym, including social distancing, and that the state orders violate their constitutional rights.

    On Monday, gyms across New York state were allowed to reopen at 33 percent capacity with coronavirus restrictions like mandatory masks. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said local officials are allowed to make the final call; New York City gyms won't be allowed to reopen before Sept. 2, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

    Also as of Sept. 1, indoor amuseument parks will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity. That includes venues like the American Dream mall.

    Murphy said there were about 300 positive cases reported overnight, putting the total at over 190,000. He said there were 11 deaths reported overnight, putting the toll at 14,134.

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