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Arizona Gyms Reject Governor Doug Ducey's Shutdown Order

Fitness centers across the state are turning up the resistance to lockdown orders.

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Arizona's gym owners want big brother off their lats.

Some of the state's fitness centers have announced that they will remain open in defiance of an order Gov. Doug Ducey (R) issued on Monday mandating they close, along with bars, movie theaters, and water parks. That order has come amidst a rising number of coronavirus cases in the state.

"We were asked to close in five hours," Tom Hatten, CEO of the Mountainside Fitness chain, said at a press conference, according to the Washington Examiner. Hatten has since filed a lawsuit against Ducey over his closure order, which his complaint calls "arbitrary and irrational."

On Tuesday, police charged a Mountainside manager at one of their Scottsdale locations with a misdemeanor for keeping that gym open. Hatten has said he'd pay any fines his employees received.

Other gyms are turning up the resistance as well.

Lifetime Fitness gyms closed in response to the governor's order. But on Tuesday the gym chain's CEO Jeff Zwiefel said that they'd be reopening the next day, according to AZ Central.

Fit Body Bootcamp, which describes itself as a "boutique personal training studio" has also said it will stay open.

"When I think of a gym, I think of a place you walk into and you've got the bench presses, and the squat machines, and the curl, and all that stuff, and rows of bikes and rows of equipment," said the franchise owner of one Phoenix-area Fit Body Bootcamp to Arizona's Family. "That's just not what we are."

Arizona's Family reports that at least two other gyms are open in the Phoenix area in spite of Ducey's order.

The unwillingness of large segments of the fitness industry to close down again illustrates just how tired Americans are of seemingly endless lockdowns that have kept them inside and endangered their businesses. Many of these gym owners complained to the media that they're adopting the same cleaning and social distancing protocols as businesses that are allowed to remain open.

It's a sign that state officials are going to be increasingly hardpressed to force people back into their homes, regardless of the public health merits.

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53 responses to “Arizona Gyms Reject Governor Doug Ducey's Shutdown Order

  1. How can those owners b so irresponsible when the contact tracers have shown how many cases of Communist Chinese Virus are directly related to gyms?
    Oh, what? There are no actual reasons like proven cases of transmissions involved in the governors orders?
    It is not focused on areas where spread is known? He just shut down everywhere because he is power mad?
    TO THE BARRICADES!!

    1. Let me guess, you are same person who calls the Spanish Flu, the “Spanish Flu.” It started in Kansas at an Army base. The US Army infected the who world with a massively deadly virus. From now on I expect you to call it the “US Army Kansas Flu”.

      1. Let’s call it the Cuomo Virus. He has done more to promote it than any other person.

        1. Nah, Trump has a massive lead in the pro-covid race.

          1. Because his tweets always go viral?

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      2. I am not THAT old.
        But my oldest friend, who remembers everything, wants me to remind you about the concurrent outbreaks in France, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

        1. Yes, but it originally mutated into humans in Kansas.

          1. Again, you are lying.

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      3. Ok, but this coronavirus really did originate in Wuhan, China.

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      4. It has not been established where it originated. That’s one theory. Some think it came from France (the Spanish called it the French flu) others Britain and of course, China.

        But who cares? Lefties obsess over the dumbest things.

        It became the Spanish Flu because the Spanish were the first to report it because it was neutral during the war and weren’t subjected to ‘wartime censorship’.

        Gotta love this asshole lefties who pick and choose what parts of history they want to remember and which parts to destroy.

        Don’t you have a statue to go destroy?

      5. I love this new conspiracy that has been making its ways around the lefty sites.

        It is based on the first recorded patient of the flu, but ignores the fact that CHINA FUCKING LIES about its health system. In fact many historians link the Spanish flu to an influx of pneumonia deaths in 1917, prior to the first recorded case in the US.

        https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/1/140123-spanish-flu-1918-china-origins-pandemic-science-health/

        It is amazing watching how much Chinese propaganda the left pushes.

        1. Molly is an especially retarded strain of leftist.

      6. How about we call it the “conspiracy flu” for all you yahoos?

      7. Molly The Spanish Flu actually started in Algeria, but Spain was independent during WW1 so they got the blame. Yes the troops came home with it, were discharged and went home all over the country. However, it lay dormant for 6 months, and re-emerged as a
        deadly hemmoragic fever . I guess you can re-write history and go tear down another statue.

      8. Let me guess, you are same person who calls the Spanish Flu, the “Spanish Flu.”

        If he does, that makes two of you

  2. Hatten has since filed a lawsuit against Ducey over his closure order, which his complaint calls “arbitrary and irrational.”

    “Arbitrary and irrational”? Aren’t we continually informed that all these actions are the result of Expertise, The Data, and Science?

    1. Nah man, Ducey has an R after his name.

      The way this guy has been whiplashing between ‘go ahead and open – not wait SHUT IT ALL DOWN BOYS!’ back and forth . . .

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  4. Has anyone wondered how black people feel about the state telling them they can’t workout?

    1. Black Lats Matter?

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  5. Of course.

    Public health officials said coronavirus does not matter; there are more important things.

    http://ethicsalarms.com/2020/06/08/oh-no-its-monday-ethics-review-6-8-2020-a-yoos-rationalization-orgy/

    We can show that support by facilitating safest protesting practices without detracting from demonstrators’ ability to gather and demand change. This should not be confused with a permissive stance on all gatherings, particularly protests against stay-home orders. Those actions not only oppose public health interventions, but are also rooted in white nationalism and run contrary to respect for Black lives

  6. I think the gyms should have to close. Once a year on whatever day becomes the national holiday when we finally hang Dr. Fraud and Gates & the other perpetrators at the World Hoax Organization. Oh, and don’t forget Cuomo!

  7. What no one is pointing out is while the rest of the world is supposedly doing better than the U.S., how by what metric I don’t know. the U.S. is actually building up herd immunity while the other countries are not and will have to stay shut down until a vaccine is available while the U.S. can move along.

    1. CNN apparently was all giddy about Canada being so much better than the USA.

      I think that’s probably the case. I’m betting the USA and Sweden are actually probably more ahead of the game. Trying to stop the spread only delays the inevitable.

      You look bad in the short term, but will be ahead in the long-term perhaps.

      The CDC says it’s possible 25 million Americans have been infected.

      I haven’t heard anything about Canada long those lines but I wish it would be more than the ‘official’ cases of 104 k show. Maybe we’re at 500k? A million? Who knows?

      It would be welcomed news.

      1. “I’m betting the USA and Sweden are actually probably more ahead of the game.”

        It’s hard to tell what’s really going on I Sweden because the media can’t decide between “Sweden’s herd immunity plan is failing miserably!!!” and “Literally everyone in Sweden is dying of covid!!!”

        Somehow they are all getting sick but their wrongthink has interfered with the natural process of gaining immunity and they will keep getting sick and dying forever and ever

    2. the U.S. is actually building up herd immunity

      Not really, not even close. I mean, we’d maybe get there eventually on our current course, but to get to the point where 60-70%+ of the country has been infected we’re looking at *2 million* deaths, conservatively. It’s not a real strategy, except to the extent that “we surrender, now hand me my shovel to dig my own grave” is a strategy.

      1. At some point, we run out of 85+ year olds. It will be way before 2 million die.

        1. Problem is that once hospitals get overwhelmed, the death rate goes up even for non-olds.

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    1. Dr. Marcus Zervos, division head of infectious disease for Henry Ford Health System, acknowledged that its findings on hydroxychloroquine contrast with other studies.

      “Our results do differ from some other studies,” Zervos said at a news conference reported by CNN. “What we think was important in ours … is that patients were treated early. For hydroxychloroquine to have a benefit, it needs to begin before the patients begin to suffer some of the severe immune reactions that patients can have with COVID.”

      “You see, it works for patients like Donald Trump.”

      1. The argument for the drug has always been about early intervention, not waiting until they are bear death.

        The studies Bailey wrote about were all late administration of the drug.

        The part you highlight is literally the criticism he got in every thread.

  8. It’s clear government attempts to corral and control their citizens failed utterly and the mass media hysteria only works for a while. Better to accept that 0.5% deaths will occur and get on with living.

    I saw that Biden would not be having any rallies – so basically his campaign is to sit inside and wait it out hoping that people will believe that he’s a stronger candidate. It’s a sign of weakness when your leaders cower in fear. Of course it could also be a strategy to keep him from any more foot in mouth moments.

    1. It’s a sign of weakness when your leaders cower in fear.

      And it would be a sign of idiocy to ignore the pandemic roaring around that is killing a high percentage of older males.

      The whole “people who take appropriate action in a pandemic are cowards” motif baffles me. Showing up in a jungle without malaria shots and mosquito repellant isn’t brave, it’s just being stupid.

      1. What if it’s a Concrete Jungle?

  9. “When I think of a gym, I think of a place you walk into and you’ve got the bench presses, and the squat machines, and the curl, and all that stuff, and rows of bikes and rows of equipment,” said the franchise owner of one Phoenix-area Fit Body Bootcamp to Arizona’s Family. “That’s just not what we are.”

    Lefty rationalizations here. Just say you’re a gym, Ducey is a bitch, and you have no intention of scuttling your business over a cold.

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  11. Why do we have to close anything? I thought masks were solving all the problems? No?

  12. How dare these gym owners contradict a liberal fascist governor’s orders!
    Where do these gym owners think they are?
    America?

  13. Good that’s how you fight back against tyranny, you do it in numbers.

  14. I’m in the “at risk” age group, but I’ve been going to the gym almost every day for the last 22 years (except during the lockdowns). I’m in excellent health because I take care of my myself. I feel far more at risk from not being able to maintain a good regimen than I do from catching the virus. I can clean the equipment and keep my distance. I can wear a mask. I have no problem breaking the rules and going to the illegally open gyms.

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